If you are looking to create a positive impact on your home that’s inexpensive and can be done in a relatively short amount of time, consider painting. Last weekend I decided to paint the paneling in my mother’s kitchen and hallway after she commented on how nice it would be to freshen up her home. The dark paneling had been there since the home was built in 1968. I haven’t done much painting myself, and I admit the paneling intimidated me, but I was determined to give my mom’s home a look she could appreciate. I did not sand the paneling but I did tape the trim and base board. We decided to use Benjamin Moore’s Seattle Mist (1535) which is a warm brown/gray in eggshell. I think it’s a beautiful gray for casual spaces. We also considered Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan (AF-690) which is a darker and more sophisticated gray and the 2019 Color of the Year. After taping, I used two coats of primer and two coats of paint. It took me a day and a half to complete the project and I spent $132 on one gallon of paint, one gallon of primer, 2 rolls of tape, brush, roller, roller pan and liner. My 82 year old mother was so happy she asked me to paint the family room next weekend.