Updating older dark paneled house

Something about dark wood tones hides those cracks and shadows, but then when it’s painted they stand out.

I knew I needed to do something with the cheap hollow core doors but didn’t want to break the bank. It was simple enough to do to the rest of the doors in the house. Here’s a shot we took during inspection (don’t mind the chaos, there were a few old furniture items being moved out by a crew at the same time). And the lower cabinets will end up nice and dark for contrast too. We have nothing against dark paneling, we just prefer the painted look for our house, especially after drooling over a few awesomely classic spaces that inspired us (like this one, this one, and this one). One of my favorite new views is from the front door. we’re planning for some airy color on the kitchen walls to break things up (more details in this post).For the foyer I used the cabinet-grade 1/4″ plywood because I wanted to stain it.The plywood is in the molding/paneling section (next to the beadboard) and it is pink toned on one side, which is perfect for painting.

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