LA Good Question: Updating Wood Panel Walls?

LA Good Question: Updating Wood Panel Walls?

Gregory Han
Jul 3, 2008

ATLA reader Natalie sent us her condo renovation question about wood panel walls and restaining them:

"My condo was built in 1963 and I have a huge wooden wall that runs from the living room, through the dining room, and into the kitchen. The floorplan is completely open, so the wall becomes the main feature. I love the look of the wood set on a diagonal, but I can't help but feel it's a little outdated..."

"I am considering staining it a black-brown color for continuity, as the wood furniture in my house is either black-brown or birch. I have Ikea Tundra floors in white in the living/dining rooms and grey tile in the kitchen. (The photo was taken during last year's kitchen renovation, so my white floors aren't in yet.) My color scheme is grey, white, and accents of red, chartreuse, and black. Are there any other options for updating my wooden wall? Once I stain, I don't want to have any regrets! And if I do stain, do you have any recommendations of which brand/color to use?"

Anyone out there who has tackled a similar update with wooden walls and staining?

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