I only filled in the nail holes, not the knots or the seams between because I wanted to still have the rough, wood-ish features showing through.
I did one coat of primer and two coats of paint, using my favorite 1″ brush for the cracks and 4″ brush for the face.
All that white wrapping you see around the heating pipes?
I didn’t fill it or anything, it’s really not that noticeable when standing and luckily that is where the bed goes :) Just annoying.
It only took us a few hours to get the boards up, then I started spackling, sanding, and priming.
It's perfect for a home office - a nice spot to get away from the rest of the household. It doesn't look too appealing with snow in there, but once the weather warms up we'll do some updates and it should be a really fabulous space. I always like to minimize hallways in a small home - they take precious square footage away from living areas.
(I've been shopping for outdoor ceiling fans and there are some amazing options out there!! This house has mastered that - the hallways are just big enough to get from room to room - without any wasted space. ) And it includes a small space (which I guess was supposed to be a closet, since it looks like there used to be hooks on the wall) with a window and a door to the attic stairway.
And lots of doors - one that goes directly into the attached garage (a really nice feature for a Maine winter!
), another to the basement, one to the backyard (which doesn't seem to have been used in years, judging by the bookcase in front of it) and the door to the dining room.I knew our baseboards would be wonky, based on the wainscoting in our master bedroom, but this room was baaaad.The bottom planks are completely flush at the ends of the wall but in the middle it’s about 1/2″ short.I used brushes instead of a roller because I wanted a classic, traditional finish, and with all the gaps I was using a brush for most of it anyway.I didn’t paint the edges of the planks cause I knew I’d be trimming it out with some the poplar battens I had left over from my wainscoting so I didn’t bother.A feature I love about this house is the office, off of the living room.