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yes, I want some cheese with that whine

Make it smoked gouda, please.

Well, I got what I wished for…it was 60 degrees here in the windy city today! A perfect painting day if there ever was one.

So I painted.

and I painted.

and I painted.

And I painted.

For six hours straight. And I’m still not finished! Is there such thing as “painter’s elbow?” Cause if there is, I’m pretty sure I’ve got it. 🙂

When I started this project a few weeks ago, I was using Annie Sloan’s Pure White Chalk Paint. Not one of my smarter plans. The paint was great, but I would have gone through a truckload of quarts and a fat stack of cash before the room was finished.

So I switched to Sherwin Williams “Extra White.” I love how nice and clean it looks next to the old paint which was guh-rody. Like, totally.  😉

It went on like buttah. The only problem was the 5 billion ridges in the beadboard. It required a brush and was major time consuming!

Okay, I’m done whining now.

Now I need your opinion. You better write that down, cause I NEVER ask for opinions. 😉

Usually I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do. But in this case, I’m stumped. Ya ready?

Okay. This is the floor of the sleeping porch. I am totally digging the chippy grey paint.

My husband thinks I’m cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

Now hear me out…the floor needs a good ol’ scrubbing. No doubt. But I think the juxtaposition of the chippy grey floor with the fresh white paint and and the crisp white linens on the bed will be divine.

Am I alone here? Can anyone else visualize it? Tap, tap…is this thing on??? 😉

So, do YOU think I should:

a) clean it up and embrace the chippy beauty?

b) find a close match to the original grey and give it a new coat of paint?

And I have a feeling that some of you wonderfully ambitious peeps will suggest that I strip it and refinish it. That was gonna be option C. But I’d rather stick toothpicks through my eyeballs. 

Plus, you know I have this painter’s elbow thing going on. 😉

So unless you want me to send you a plane ticket to come and help me, it’s A or B.

Lemme have it!

Rock the VOTE!

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  1. Embrace the chippiness!

    March 6, 2012
  2. For sure go with a) clean it up and embrace the chippy beauty!!!

    March 6, 2012
  3. Embrace it! You can always change your mind later.

    March 6, 2012
  4. I am loving the gray paint. I would wash it and leave it. I think it adds to the feel of the porch. And yes, painting beadboard is a definite pain 🙂

    March 6, 2012
  5. Connie B #

    Leave it! Give it a good cleaning but it will look divine! And then I will come for a visit!

    March 6, 2012
  6. Mel #

    clean and chippy is my vote too!

    You are such a trooper.

    March 6, 2012
  7. Kerry Walker #

    a) clean it up and embrace the chippy beauty?

    March 6, 2012
  8. Rachel #

    I vote to leave it as well. Love the shades of gray..will lose that if you repaint.

    March 6, 2012
  9. Leave it the way it is… character is something that can not be added with paint, only age.

    March 6, 2012
    • Bernice #

      That’s my feeling also. Character!

      March 6, 2012
  10. Colleen #

    Choice “A” ! Chippy old grey would keep the soul of the room, linking it to its past. Tas you probably already know, the antidote for painters elbow is a really good glass of wine. 🙂

    March 6, 2012
  11. Julie #

    Hi – I choose A. A good scrubbing and embrace the old floor. I would also use some throw rugs – maybe a nice old faded floral or rag rug. Good luck!

    March 6, 2012
    • Bernice #

      yep…rag rug!

      March 6, 2012
  12. Melodie #

    I LOVE it just the way it is!! I think it will look great with all the “new” finishes……I don’t think you want it all to be new and fresh.

    March 6, 2012
  13. Chippy chippy chippy! I think it’ll look amazing! Can I come over and help you paint?

    March 6, 2012
  14. Leave it…it’s beautiful!!

    March 6, 2012
  15. ReaderWoman #

    a) clean it up and embrace the chippy beauty?

    I really like Shabby Chic – and when it is adorned with furniture, throw rugs, dogs, and homey clutter, I mean, decor, it should be superperfect!

    March 6, 2012
  16. Jones #

    I totally go with leaving it all chippy. I painted such a floor — regret! The clean look is nice but the texture and depth of age cannot be matched!

    March 6, 2012
  17. I think you should start with the easiest thing first and go from there. So, that means cleaning the floor and seeing if that’s enough. If it is…..you’re done! If not, go to the next least challenging thing etc. I would only do the hardest step as a last resort! I always look for shortcuts! The beadboard is looking good. Btw, I have beadboard in my family room and I used a roller on it after the brush took too long and required too many coats. Just go back over the beadboard with a brush to get up any excess caused by the roller and it will be easy peasy! You’d be amazed how fast it will go and it will look great. Just don’t overload your roller. Good luck!

    March 6, 2012
  18. Andi #

    Definitely leave it. Live with it see how it feels. You can always change it

    March 6, 2012
  19. Gail #

    I’m for leaving it as is. Gives it character!

    March 6, 2012
  20. nikgwin #

    chippy paint with a soft white throw rug…..

    March 6, 2012
  21. kristie #

    It’s super Tuesday and I get to vote! Love the original floor. You couldn’t get any better. I vote to, keep it as is and give your elbow a break:)

    Don’t you just love painting beadboard? NOT!

    March 6, 2012
  22. DEFINITELY embrace the chip.

    March 6, 2012
  23. Sharon #

    You have great taste. Go with your first instinct, chippy ! Def chippy!!

    March 6, 2012
  24. Annie Wetherbee #

    I say option A. Once the floor is scrubbed it will be beautiful!

    March 6, 2012
  25. Donna Hollingsworth #

    I am totally with you on the scrubbing and leave it natural. It would be a lovely contrast and it would certainly suit it’s purpose, a sleeping PORCH. It would be natural and relaxing. You always have great ideas so whatever you do to it will look wonderful…and we don’t want you sticking toothpicks through your eyes!

    March 6, 2012
  26. Margie Pousardien #

    Follow your heart, embrace the chippy wood floor!!! You have good insight.:)

    March 6, 2012
  27. Yep, embrace it. You probably would have to clean it anyway. Live with it for awhile and then if your husband still thinks you’ve gone batty….then paint it. I like the chippy though. Good luck deciding!

    March 6, 2012
  28. Embrace it!! The chippy paint is the best!!! Nice and clean it will be amazing!

    March 6, 2012
  29. Sylvia #

    Clean it and leave it. If you change your mind later, you can always paint. If you paint now, well the old chippy finish is gone.

    March 6, 2012
  30. Definitely A!! Love the visual of the crisp, white linens against that gorgeous, worn wood!!

    March 6, 2012
  31. Kim #

    Painting bead board is a pain, but so worth it in the end. Leave the floor. I am sure it will look fabulous.

    March 6, 2012
  32. You can’t recreat that kind of beauty…..please leave it. Can’t wait to see it finished.

    March 6, 2012
  33. Wendy #

    A! And maybe a clear coat after?

    March 6, 2012
  34. Loveeeee the floor leave it like it is!!

    March 6, 2012
  35. Chippy! I would wash it down with bleach and let it be.

    March 6, 2012
  36. Anne #

    When we first moved in we painted for a week straight. My hand was super swollen!

    March 6, 2012
  37. I say embrace the chippy greyness, but maybe with a coat of something to give it a bit of shine

    March 6, 2012
    • Bernice #

      Yeah, and shine makes it easier to clean housework wise.

      March 6, 2012
  38. Pippa #

    Definitely leave it clean and chippy. If you don’t like it then, consider it a wonderful reason to buy one of those charming Dash and Albert rugs which can be laundered so easily….. happy
    solution!

    March 6, 2012
  39. Liz #

    Leave it! People pay good money for a patina like that! Love It!

    March 6, 2012
  40. Yup, I vote option A also. Your hubby is going to think EVERYONE on here is “coocoo for cocoa puffs:):):) XO, Pinky

    March 6, 2012
  41. Sue #

    Keep the chips. It looks like my mud room floor which I love. You can always go back and paint it if you want. Plus, remember your elbow…

    March 6, 2012
  42. Karen #

    do not paint it! just clean it up and enjoy that ol chippy look! its beautiful and just know it will look devine with your decor design 🙂 you rock!

    March 6, 2012
  43. Karyn #

    Of course you should leave it!! It’s a sleeping porch and that looks wonderful like it is!! Tell hubby to read all the post:)

    March 6, 2012
  44. Patty Soriano #

    Keep CHIPPY !

    March 6, 2012
  45. Tammy #

    PAINT!!!

    March 6, 2012
  46. Wendy #

    Clean it and leave it the chippy grey

    March 6, 2012
  47. Helen #

    I love choice A ……..

    March 6, 2012
  48. Jennifer #

    Option B, paint it!

    March 6, 2012
  49. Carolyn Murphy #

    Re: the chippy grey paint! I say clean the floor really well. If you want a little gloss, put something over the cleaned floor. I think it will look beautiful.

    March 6, 2012
  50. Sheila #

    LOVE the chippy gray! The contrast of pure white and fresh clean look with the aged beauty of the floors = masterpiece!

    March 6, 2012
  51. Leave it with it’s personality. It’s going to be great!

    March 6, 2012
  52. Oh do I ever understand about painting the grooves on old beadboard. I have the same on my walls and ceiling of my office and porch! We use a paint sprayer for the porch. My vote is for embracing it. I think the chippy gray will look fabulous!

    March 6, 2012
  53. keep the floor. It’s already great.

    March 6, 2012
  54. jeanelle #

    I say A….love it

    March 6, 2012
  55. Annette #

    I think you should just give the floor a good scrubbing! The floor makes the white linens look crisper and the clean white paint stand out even more. Many people work really hard to get that look and you have it already done for you. All you had to do was add the clean fresh white! I can visualize the look I think you want to accomplish and if this helps the room gives me a comforting feeling. It is very pleasant and congenial. Besides, I’d rather you not stick toothpicks in your eyeballs 🙂

    March 6, 2012
  56. clean it and leave it grey! love your lingo 🙂

    March 6, 2012
  57. Well I already listed my vote on FB but I’ll say it here again, EMBRACE the chippy! But do a sealant to keep bare feet from getting splinters. 🙂

    March 7, 2012
  58. Donna Williams #

    I’ll second that,,,a good scrub, let it dry gooooood and a coat of sealant and whala !!! 🙂
    Looking great !!

    March 7, 2012
  59. Nancy Settel #

    I say keep that wonderful chippy gray clean it up then maybe add a bit of oil to the floors (wood finishing kind of stuff whatever) and take it from there. Who wants to look like a brand new house anyway? Be one with the floors. nancy settel

    March 7, 2012
  60. Why don’t you try cleaning it with the stuff you use on decks. That should “bleach” it out a little. Live with that a little while because you can always paint later if you’re not happy, right?

    And yes, you can get painter’s elbow. My carpel tunnel ALWAYS acts up when I paint. (And experience I’ll be partaking in very soon!) Good work!

    March 7, 2012
  61. Karen #

    Embrace the chippy! Love it!!

    March 7, 2012
  62. Bethany #

    A. Send me a plane ticket and I’ll come help refinish it….love that kind of stuff.
    B. Scrub it really good and maybe some bleach, then put a coat of poly on it. Polyurethene is pretty easy to put on and doesn’t require that you sand and stain too. It’s just REALLY stinky and will require several days of drying with windows open before walking on it.

    Those are my top votes but I know whatever you choose will look great! Love your house and ideas!!!

    March 7, 2012
  63. Joi #

    Love the old! Give it a good wash and like others have said, buy a really pretty rug to enhance it’s beauty!

    March 7, 2012
  64. Dianne #

    I choose “A” as well. I think it will look wonderful with the chippy grey floor and the crisp white walls! Can’t wait to see the finished room;)

    March 7, 2012
  65. Mary Reeves #

    Definitely, leave the old. Make sure that darker area isn’t mold!!! Then seal the floor and voila! Gorgeous!

    March 7, 2012
  66. You must embrace the chippy gray…it will look perfect with your vision for the room!! I sympathize with you on all painting all those ridges in the bead board…ugh! I’m always happy to come over and help and I don’t need a plane ticket, as a fellow Chicagoan 😉

    March 7, 2012
  67. Mary #

    the chippy floor. Hubby is outnumbered, but he probably doesn’t care:)

    March 7, 2012
  68. Mareen Katzer #

    I TOTALLY LOVE the chippy grey and think you are absolutely right about the linens and white against it. If this were my room, I’d scrub it and leave it!

    Love your blog,

    Seattle girl – Mareen Katzer

    March 7, 2012
  69. Kathtleen Fullerton #

    Embrace !!!!!! Once the porch is decorated, it will be beautiful.

    March 7, 2012
  70. Donna Alexander #

    Embrace the Chippy Beauty! Definately! It’s gorgeous.

    March 7, 2012
  71. Lisa #

    Don’t you dare paint that floor!!!!

    March 7, 2012
  72. Donna #

    That would be a big B for me.

    March 7, 2012
  73. Jeannine #

    If you ever are going to paint it, I’d do it now while the room is empty. If you like the chippiness, go with it. I’d clean it first, then decide (you’ll have to clean it anyway if you decide to paint). Once you look at it with the rug and curtain panels, you’ll have a better idea.

    March 7, 2012
  74. Teddee Grace #

    Why don’t you clean it and then show it to us again? Teddee

    March 7, 2012
  75. maggie #

    Please, paint the floor!

    March 7, 2012
  76. Paula #

    Susan,
    Since I have had the awesome experience of seeing your sleeping porch, and chippy floor in person, (globe purchase day :)) I vote for leaving it chippy! A wash, and perhaps light sanding of thick paint edges would be great. Maybe there is a matte finish wax that you can apply for a sealant. Speaking of sealant…did you check that paint for lead content. You have a beautiful old farmhouse, but sometimes old paint can be dangerous. You can get a lead paint testing kit at Home Depot. Good luck and see you at the shop sometime.

    March 7, 2012
  77. Roxanna #

    I am loving the chippy gray floor. Leave it and love it!

    March 7, 2012
  78. Go chippy or go home 😉

    March 7, 2012
  79. Choice A, definitely!

    March 7, 2012
  80. Patti #

    Embrace the old…love it!

    March 7, 2012
  81. Leave it as is. You know some people pay a pretty penny to make their new floors look chippy:)

    March 7, 2012
  82. Linda S. #

    I love the “go chippy or go home” comment :). I will also vote for option A to leave the floor as is. I am a little curious about all the comments advising you clean the floor. I can’t quite imagine how you would do that and not pull off the chips, or get mop strings added every foot or so! The comment to check for lead paints under all those beautiful chips is also worth heeding. Good luck and I hope your elbow feels better. Linda S. in NE

    March 7, 2012
  83. I would launch into a song about PERSONALITY, but you wouldn’t hear me…so just sing along and DO NOT paint that floor. I’d clean it and seal it and call it a day. It will look gorgeous!!! Yes, painter’s elbow is a real medical condition..get a massage on those arms(and the rest of ya)!

    March 7, 2012
  84. tracy a #

    oh boy, nothing like a good ol’ leave it or change it question to get all the comments, eh? i’m with the rest of the repliers…LEAVE IT!! looking good in there…

    March 7, 2012
  85. Marcia #

    Oh you have to leave it. It would take forever to get that look.
    Marcia

    March 7, 2012
  86. Definitely don’t paint it!! Clean it and seal it and it will be gorgeous!!!

    March 7, 2012
  87. from one painter to another…FAUX get about it and leave it sista! People pay beau coo mula to have there floors look like that! Luv it! And you know I’m only 4 hours away and any excuse to paint I will be there! Ol painter’s elbow, knees and joints and all! Just call me and tell me when! xo

    March 7, 2012
  88. PUUUULEASE DO NOT PAINT THAT FLOOR!!

    March 7, 2012
  89. LEAVE IT!!!! not only do i love the juxtaposition…i love the word juxtaposition…it will look great

    March 12, 2012
  90. Julie A Peck #

    I believe a bit of “originality” would be nice by leaving the floor in it’s present state…however, you know what look you want. There will be many moments in the future to change your mind if the mood strikes! Go with your “heart” feelings for now…they never steer you wrong!!! 🙂

    March 14, 2012

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