I want to talk about pine paneling.
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Because we’ve been showering out there, I end my nights thinking about how to decorate the guesthouse. I’ve logged a lot of hours out there, pondering.
Last time I showed you the building , my Mom and I were moving the Etsy shop out there, but it turned out to be kind of inconvenient (and cold in the winter). I ended up stashing everything on shelves in my otherwise useless, 5 foot tall basement and now the guesthouse is purposeless again. It’s filled with some random furniture and some odds and sods. What would be more practical would be to turn it into a proper guest room as intended, because it even boasts its own three piece bathroom!
The only downside is the pine bonanza happening in there. The floors are a faux wood laminate, but the walls, trim and ceiling are solid pine. I was originally going to paint it all a bright white, but I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by how much work – and paint! – that would be. We have a laundry list of projects and renovations still to tackle all over the house so I don’t really want to commit the resources or time. Plus, the bathroom out there is what really needs our attention: a new shower, floor, and vanity will take a chunk out of whatever budget we can allot to this space (which will be tiny). We also need to build new sauna benches (and reinforce the sauna floor), because I insisted we rip out the existing benches for reasons that I won’t mention here. (Rhymes with “cold ban walls”).
So…in an effort to save some time and cash, could I leave the pine paneling and go for a rustic, Scandi feel? Here’s some inspiration, before I flesh out my exact plans for the space:
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I can’t believe I’m arguing for keeping the pine paneling…
Although it would be fun to go kind of dark and moody with a rustic feel, I’ll be adding the white bed and white bedding from the guest room in the townhouse. A faux fur throw would be a cozy touch at the end of the bed – maybe my spare faux lynx one?
Then I’d add some throw pillows with this black and white Marimekko Kanteleen Kutsu print, which has a woodland theme but a mod, Scandi feel:
I’d do white curtains and white curtains rods – not that using towels as curtains isn’t a genius idea (I’m serious). I’m thinking of painting the laminate flooring a dark charcoal grey (or maybe a pale grey or white?) and adding some cozy faux sheepskin rugs my Mom is trying to fob off on me.
A pine Ikea Tarva dresser, painted or stained white, could be placed across from the bed for some storage. It would be brighter and lighter, but the same grain as the walls would peek through the finish.
I haven’t measured, but it would be awesome if my black wool organic chair could fit out there too – although it’s doubtful (it’s such a small space!).
Then I’d update the lighting with something modern and simple. Finally, I’d put my black/white abstract out there, because it’s been displaced from the bathroom, and maybe add some smaller textural pieces in creamy whites and soft greys. My black tree painting is still homeless, too, and it might look great out there.
It would be a quick and relatively easy makeover and my thinking is that by covering up the fake wood floor – and adding LOTS of white – I could make the natural pine paneling work. It would be a fun way to experiment with a somewhat different style than the lakehouse – no aqua (ACK! Okay, maybe I’ll paint the exterior door aqua) and maybe even some rustic accessories with a Scandinavian feel? Ultimately this is a sauna building, so that could feel right.
Am I totally crazy (and lazy) with my plan to keep the pine paneling? Be honest!