Wood Wall Paint Help!
I need paint help! We have some tongue and groove untreated (never treated at all, and are probably 20 years old) cedar planks on our walls - one wall in the living room on a diagonal b/c of the pitched ceiling and one wall in the dining part on the horizontal.
Because the wood is so soft and so old, it is really damaged. There is water stains from ice dams that the previous owners didn't fix, scratches from pets, and what looks like greasy fingerprints. If you try to sand this out, it drastically changes the color of the wood since it is so soft, which eliminates the ability for "spot sanding". I tried, with not good results!
We really love how we have a more "unfinished" feel to the posts and beams, with the exposed steel brackets. The opposite wall from the diagonal one (both pictures below) does not have the wood, and we like how the post and bracket are more visible - this is how stuff is in the rest of our house.
We don't really want the wood, in terms of it's color, because we have SO much (posts, beams, ceiling, doors, baseboards). We want to emphasize the mantel, posts, beams and brackets. As you can see, the post blends in now. But, we don't want to remove it b/c we like the texture and softer feel over regular walls (the rest of our house).
My question is this - is there a way to glaze or wash the walls with a very thin paint, but not whitewashing? We're interested in a gray color (like BM's Grant Beige or another warm gray) that would coordinate with the grays in the rock fireplace, but would also let the mantel, post and beam stand out.
What are people's thoughts - are we crazy to do this? The response with friends has been 50/50, so we're thoroughly confused!
Wall with wood
Wall without wood