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Decorating a Cabin's Interior - Paint Color Advice

I need some help and I know I can get some suggestions here. We built a small 24x26 cabin and it's down to the point for me to start painting the walls on the inside. We put up paneling that is primed and it looks like barn wood. I'm thinking of dry bushing white paint that I've watered down. Hoping it will look like old walls with peeling paint.


I was planning on buying a new white apartment size stove and fridge. Now my hubby bought a 1930 Magic Chef apartment size stove and it's pale yellow and light green in color. Do you think the walls the way I want to do them would look OK and if so what color should I paint the cabinets. I was thinking of buying those unpainted kind. I have no clue what color to paint them.

I've hinted around to my hubby about writing Debbie Travis' FaceLift and her come and surprise me but he's not budged. LOL. So it looks like it's up to me to decorate it and that's where I'm going crazy. I don't know how to.


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By Jax (Guest Post)
May 14, 20050 found this helpful

Interior paint: Fossil Stone (either Behr or Glidden make it). It's a sage variant that provides a great palette for your other greens and yellows.


I used Fossil Stone on the plank walls in my attic bedroom and it's wonderful - warm and rustic. I think you'd like it!

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May 14, 20050 found this helpful

Thanks Jax, I'll check it out.

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By Michele (Guest Post)
May 14, 20050 found this helpful

I am in love with the Mountain Sage from Behr. We painted our living room/kitchen/hallways, they all open to each other, with this color. We have beadboard on the bottom half of the walls. I think it looks great. Your white wash sounds really cool, love the peely paint stuff. Maybe do your cabinets the Mountain Sage color. Go to Behrs site and you can see the colors. You might also want to go get some paint chips and tape them to the cabinets and see what you like the best.
Good luck!

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May 15, 20050 found this helpful

Here's picture of the cabin we built.

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May 17, 20050 found this helpful

I think if you want a peeling and crackely look to your paint....look into touching areas of your walls with an undercoat of crackle paint, you can find it in arts and craft stores. I would apply it to areas that will be seen and not put it all over my walls....expensive. And if you are going for a wash or dilluted look I would try several techniques, like sponging a little thicker here or there and then wetting the sponge a little more and pressing it back over those areas....disperse this with a very dry brushing... and just just graze the surface of the wood after a light wash that has dryed....this can be done with a sponge as well and you can cover larger areas that way. You will want your top paint coat to be a little thicker over the crackel paint keep that in mind as you blend a balance that is harmonious to your eye.


I would use four large you keep soaking in a watered down paint solution, another is for thicker paint applications, another for keeping as dry as go and soak up excess paint and or remove/lift it back off with and then you can scrub smudge it onto other areas and one with fresh water for quick mistakes fixes. Keep an old t-shirt handy it helps to wipe down big areas or blot out some areas to maintain a rustic look.

Remember to keep your touch light and whispy if using wtter application....and when it is dryer application as in quite dry a rub smudge has some great effects. Don't be afraid....if you do not like it ( and it is a waterbased paint ) you can quick wash it and start over.

I would start with lighter applications and see how you like can always go in and add more here or there after you meditate on it for awhile.

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August 14, 20050 found this helpful


Thanks. We looked at Mountain Sage and Fossil Stone. We like both a lot. We also have windows in the kitchen currently painted white that we are considering painting "Brook Trout" to go with the MS or FS.


Here's a picture of the living room cedar waynescoat we plan to use. The kitchen will probably have barnwood and a beadboard ceiling.

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By laura (Guest Post)
January 5, 20070 found this helpful

Could you please advise us on the best colour to paint window and trim in a room with a wood burning stove? We want a dark colour and a light colour. We were considering a cream or white, but we are concerned with the ash that is deposited on the furniture now in the room. Will this adversely affect the paint??

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May 22, 20100 found this helpful

I love the fact that the stove is green and yellow- I like things that have a little bit of character! If you want some inspiration for the rustic look- check out That might give you some more ideas!

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