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Pop Artist Transforms Formal Study

November 25, 2014

Whitewashed walls and curated artwork bring life to a formerly stuffy space.

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Dark Beginnings

When artist Mark Boomershine purchased his house in 2005, he was determined to turn this dark, formal study into a more relaxed and urban lounge. To accomplish his vision, he planned to lighten the finish on the wall paneling and install recessed lighting.

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On Display

Architecturally, Mark's lounge is packed with focal points including a fireplace, grand built-in cabinetry and European-style arched windows. To avoid making the home theater screen the main attraction, Mark had the 63-inch flat-screen TV installed along the room’s left-hand exterior wall.

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Custom Whitewash

Mark refinished the wood paneling by stripping the old sheen with acetone, then applying a diluted white primer. He applied a pearlescent, water-based polyurethane to seal the custom finish.

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Cohesive and Custom

To create a seamless look between the wall paneling and the narrow entry doors, Mark updated the doors to match the same custom finish as the wall paneling.

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