Knotty Pine No More


I’m finally done with the Room Full O’Knotty Pine, and I couldn’t be happier with the end result.  Was it a big project?  Yes.  Was it worth it?  Absolutely! 

I plan on doing a follow-up on this project once my friend and her family are moved in and settled.  I know that she will put her own stylish stamp on this house, and it will be quite the transformation when it’s all said and done. 

First, a quick side by side before and after:

Even without furniture, it’s off to a great start, don’t you think?  Ahhh, so light, fresh and clean!  They’re also getting new windows in a few weeks, which will be an impact all on its own.

As a refresher, let’s see how far we’ve come, shall we?

And a “before the before” photo (before they moved in).
Another before angle:
The jury is still out on the yellow door.  I love it, my friend isn’t feeling it – she was thinking of something a wee bit brighter I think – and mentioned painting it white.  At which time I grabbed her by the shoulders and tried to shake her back to her senses.  I think this room was made for a door with a pop of color, don’t you?  If not yellow, what color would you choose?
Built-ins – Before:

And after – they tore out the scalloped trim that surrounded the center section of the built-ins, which was an instant improvement.  (Please excuse the paint can – the center doors didn’t want to stay shut.)

Another “before the before” shot:

And now:

And the fireplace – probably the biggest impact of all.  Before-the-Before:



Such a statement – I love that she chose black for the fireplace.  A great contrast against the clean, crisp white.

I’m planning on writing a tutorial on this project once my head clears from all of the oil-based primer.  It’s a totally doable DIY project, but you just need to be prepared to put in the time to prep properly and paint your heart out.

Have you tackled knotty pine or other paneling in your home?

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TDC Before and After


  • Reply
    Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams
    August 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Seriously gorgeous! That yellow door is amazing. Adds the perfect pop of color.

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    August 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    so pretty! i agree with rasonda about that door!

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    Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles
    August 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Jenny, that truly is an amazing transformation! It will looks fan.tas.tic with all of the furniture! I agree with your friend on the door. I think a brighter yellow would set it off better, or what about a rich navy, charcoal, or black to tie in the mantle? Oh, or depending on their colors, a deep red? Great job!

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    Bama Girl in AZ
    August 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    The white looks good and I'm happy to see all the scallops gone, but that fireplace is still lacking. The black mantle – Love. But that brass and brick tone says hello 1980! I'm pretty sure I would have updated it as well. imo

    Agree with Jennifer about the door color too.

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      August 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      I should have prefaced my reveal – the fireplace is still going to go through some additional updates. The brass fireplace piece is going to GO, but there is a mess of ashes in there that they want to clean out first. And painting the brick is also on the table as an option. They want to clean the brick first to see what that looks like. 🙂

      Great input on the door colors!

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      August 26, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Wow! I love how the painted paneling looks. About that fireplace. . . When I reworked my family room, installing a new fireplace screen to replace my brass one seemed like a major hassle. I had a can of high heat black paint. 2 coats over the brass and it was exactly the updated look I wanted and for practically nothing.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    August 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Oh my gosh Jenny!!!! What a difference!!!! I love it – the fireplace wall and the built ins look soooooo much better in white! Great job – lots of work – you deserve a spa day after that, girl!!!!!!

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    Suzan Sweatman
    August 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Absolutely amazing – I looked at a gorgeous log home last week and thought well what If I just painted it all white – which I know is sacreligeous to wood lovers – but seeing this – now I know how gorgeous it could look!
    Really turned out gorgeous!!!
    Pinning this for sure,

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      August 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much Suzan – it' very labor intensive, but such a big payoff when it's all done!

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    August 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I love yellow door, but I am not loving it with in that room. I think it is because of the shade of the wood floor it just doesn't quite go. Maybe a teal/turquoise door?

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    August 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Painting the knotty pine was genius, looks Fab! If I were you I would paint the brick on the fireplace white also, and the yellow door is lovely, aqua would also be a great option!

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    Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    August 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    WOW it is gorgeous!!! SO much work but worth it!!! The door, I like it but I think it needs a little more pop…maybe a turquoise?

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    August 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    It looks AMAZING! It's like a brand new place! The power of paint, eh? Great job!

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    Carmel - Our Fifth House
    August 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    It's like a whole new room!!! Paint is so amazing!

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    Nikki Green Caprara
    August 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Great job! Looks fresh and clean!

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    Jenny Romaine
    August 24, 2013 at 2:31 am

    It looks great! So light and airy!

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    pam {simple details}
    August 24, 2013 at 3:31 am

    WOW, Jenny! What an incredible update and dramatic change you made with just paint! It feels so charming and I can only imagine how gorgeous it will be when it's furnished! Love the color on the door, but I'd vote for a bit brighter, too.

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    Dear Emmeline
    August 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Looks great!! What an awesome room and so fresh and pretty now in white! I don't mind the yellow door but I'm sure it would lookk just as good in any other color.

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    August 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Jenny, this looks amazing! I love the contrast of the black fireplace with the light walls.

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    MDF Board
    August 28, 2013 at 11:14 am


    Your transformation is just wow,your work is amazing and I specially like your black fireplace.

    Thank you..

    MDF | Veneered MDF

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    A Garcia
    May 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I'm not a fan of yellow so I'd paint the door a dusty aqua or turquoise! Love the white. I bet it will look fabulous when its all done!

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    L Bourg
    October 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Show us a new picture of the room in 2015. I would love to see the outcome.

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    August 8, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Amazing results! I have a family room with old paneling (not the good grade quality), and want to paint it. What kind of prep did you do first? Did you have to wash down the paneling with TSP, did you use a primer like Kilz?

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      August 8, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      I did clean the paneling thoroughly with Krud Kutter Gloss Off, and then used BIN Shellac Primer to prime it so that it sealed in the knots. It’s a hairy process, but it gets the job done!

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