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Ideas to refresh this living room with wood paneling?

9 days ago

Hey! i was hoping to remove this chair raing and wood paneling in our living room but discovered when i started removing it that it was likely original to the house. it appears the windows and floors were put it in after the paneling meaning if i remove it it will leave a gap at the window sills and between the floor and the baseboards.


what would you suggest? should i just accept the paneling and paint over it? the room feels dark and small despite the vaulted ceiling because not a lot of natural light can get in through the screened porch on the back of the house. i whitewashed the fireplace which helped brighten the room but it still feels dark and dated to me. the chair rail and wood paneling extends through the living room, dining room, hallway and entryway.


i would love any ideas to make it feel bigger brighter and more updated!






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