Progress has been slow and steady in my breakfast room the last couple of days. Y’all, I’m so incredibly tired of peeling/prying/ripping that plywood stuff off of the walls. It comes off in splintered layers, so there’s nothing quick or easy about it. Thankfully, I only have a little more to go and it’ll be gone completely.
And what I’ve uncovered underneath just kind of makes me shake my head. On the one wall that was originally the exterior wall of the garage, I have original shiplap siding.
That extends just past the garage door on the left. The point where it stops is where the back end of the garage originally ended. (The storage room at the back of the garage was a later addition.) So when the garage was extended to add the storage room, which I think was added specifically to house the massive beast of a furnace, the rest of that wall was covered over with knotty pine paneling, installed horizontally.
And there is absolutely nothing behind that paneling except for studs. If I were to take that paneling off, it would be completely open to the storage room. In fact, if you were to stand in the storage room with the light off and look at this wall, you’d see light streaming through the gaps, and through one quite large knot hole. 🙂
Then on the end wall at the back of the room (looking out to the back yard), I have more horizontal knotty pine paneling.
And on the wall between the breakfast room and sunroom (and the small area that still stands between the breakfast room and the kitchen), I have a mishmash of horizontal and vertical paneling.
Y’all have no idea how much I want to cut corners and just cover over this stuff with something else. I dread the thought of removing all of it.
And since what I really want in here is for the walls to be covered in siding, I’ve tried to convince myself that perhaps the existing siding and paneling doesn’t need to be removed. Maybe I can just cover right over it.
But I don’t think that will work. If I add another 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch of thickness on top of the existing 3/4-inch-thick siding/paneling, that will throw off all of the window and door casings, trim, etc. So I’m thinking there will be no shortcuts for me. It all needs to come off. 🙁
So since it all needs to come down, I’m reconsidering my plans for these walls. As I’ve mentioned, I want to use siding on the walls of this room as a nod to the fact that this used to be an exterior part of the house. It’ll be painted white to keep the room looking clean and bright, but I definitely want some sort of siding.
I had originally wanted to use shingle siding that would look something like these (but painted white).
But the thing about that plan is that I would have to first put up drywall on all of the walls, and then put up the shingles so that I’d have something to actually attach the shingles to. And it seems so pointless to go to all the trouble of drywalling just to completely cover it up and add a thousand nail holes to it.
So now I’m thinking that I’ll use a shiplap or clapboard siding instead.
Obviously, shiplap and clapboard siding wouldn’t need that extra (wasted, IMO) step of drywalling first. I would probably just need to use some Tyvex before installing the siding to be sure that there are no more drafty walls with light streaming through the cracks into the garage. And then I can probably add some insulation to the garage side before I drywall the garage.
And I really do love the look. I think it’ll be a prettier, calmer backdrop for the things that will go in this room.
I think one reason I tried to go a different direction in the beginning (with the shingle siding) is because this look has become so commonplace on decorating blogs these days. Everyone and their brother is “planking” their walls. But you know what? I just need to get over that. The fact is that this look is actually original to my breakfast room (or at least to the oldest part of it), so it fits much better with my house than the shingle siding does. And while I’m not always one to care about the practicality of my design decisions, I do have to admit that keeping shingle siding clean and dust-free might be kind of a nightmare.
*Sigh* This seems like such a huge job. Who wants to come help me? I’ll feed you Mexican food! 😀