When we first bought our home, it was a Cape with great charm and character. With a growing family, we went thru two additions to gain the living space we needed. There are a few rooms in the front of my home that are original to the house. They have served different purposes over time but have the old wood floors and moldings. My front sitting room/living room was a bedroom in a previous life and for that reason can be tough to arrange furniture. At one point in time, we had removed the closet and made a bigger doorway but the original paneling remained. Even with paint, it was ugly! I wanted to shiplap the room but there were a few things that steered us in a different direction from using the “real deal”. First, our walls in this room are plaster making it difficult to get boards level all the way around the room. Second, the cost for real shiplap was not cheap! Third, I was not sure I wanted the spaces in between the boards and the smooth texture. Eddie, my favorite carpenter, along with my husband, transformed the room with paneling from Lowe’s. The sheets were $30 each and had a gray, rustic finish to them. The texture was great…the color, not so much. The boards were put up horizontally to mimic the look of shiplap. New crown and corner molding were added. I painted the walls in Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster and the trim in Benjamin Moore trim white. The paint I used had a built in primer which made the job a little easier. I am so pleased with the outcome and the overall feel in the room. My refinished wall unit has taken on a whole new look in Annie Sloan’s Versailles. We added a chandelier from Target, curtain rods and panels from Country Curtains. Take a look inside and tell me what you think!