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White Period...

 2:01 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

...I think Johnors posts are having an effect on me ;-)

My office has this ugly wood paneling in it - yuk.

I'm thinking of redoing it entirely in white board. Maybe even the ceiling.



 2:04 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

Do you mean "drywall(sheetrock)"?


 2:07 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

wood paneling?

is that the Irish in you, Brett?


 2:21 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>white board<<

Like the dry-erase marker kind? Just think how creative you could be... the walls could be filled with search engine relationship charts, hundreds of lines of PERL snippets, a "to do" list for after the WebmasterWorld IPO, etc. ;)


 2:24 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

>dry-erase marker kind

yep. You can get it at diy home stores. It's the same stuff they put in alot of bathrooms above/behind showers and bathtubs.

brotherhood of LAN

 2:24 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

do you smokke Brett?

if i had white walls, and the walls were to end up like the underside of my keyboard, they wouldnt be white much longer ;)


 2:27 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

On a more serious note, if the paneling is real wood (as opposed to thin printed stuff), I've seen people paint it to give it a whitewashed look. It works pretty well in a country kitchen, I don't know about an office. Consult your interior decorator before attempting...

If the paneling is the smooth flat stuff, you might be able to have someone fill the seams and imperfections and then put wallpaper over it. You might need a double layer - they make an underlayment wallpaper to help cover imperfect surfaces. Your good paper goes over that. The cool thing about wallpaper is that you can get any kind of look you want, from high tech to English club. (I'd recommend the Star Wars print. ;))


 5:07 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

On a more serious note, if the paneling is real wood (as opposed to thin printed stuff), I've seen people paint it to give it a whitewashed

That's what my wife and I did: we put up wainscot in the lower half of the dining room and painted it (and the chair rail) white. Looks nice.


 5:12 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

One thing that works pretty well with wood paneling (fake or not)is to paint over it with Kilz, then apply any paint that you like.

For those that don't know, Kilz is an all purpose primer that sticks to any surface, plus it is cheap. Make sure to open all windows - it is rather dangerous to apply on a closed room.


 5:23 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

Brett, you might want to add a Home Improvement and/or Tool Time thread to the list of New forums? - What do we need? [webmasterworld.com]. And we should elect some residential WebmasterWorld Wilson ;).



 5:28 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

If you're gonna whiteboard it, do it right ... sheetrock it first and then use whiteboard paint ... that way you get a high quality look/feel and a great finish ... and whiteboard usability!

Sounds fun!


 5:29 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

Where's Martha Stewart when we need her?


 5:31 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)


One place I worked several years ago had a conference room
with whiteboard/dry erase markerboard covering all the wall

It really was quite desirable. Besides the large writting
area, the room was quite well lighted too, thanks to the
white walls.

I've also seen portable whiteboards that allow you to transfer
whatever's written on them to paper/electronic format. One
of those might be something to look into too. The project
managers use them during JAD sessions with the users.

I've always remembered that nice large conference room with
the whiteboard walls. I've kept it in mind to create one
if I ever buy or build my own place rather than rent.

Take care,



 5:38 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

Marthastewart.com is only #1667 according to Alexa's traffic ranking.

Maybe Martha will barter some decorating help for better traffic. :)


 5:50 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

The beauty of white board everywhere (with of course a wide selection of color markers) is that you can redesign by just wiping and drawing. May lower productivity though ;)

..... Martha S. (not)


 6:11 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

Is there a lot of noise happening in your office?
My guess would be that this white board stuff all over might create a very hard accoustic environment, raising the noise/echo level quite a bit. That may not matter if you have a lot of furniture and plants standing around, but it's worth a thought anyway.

Since the surface of white board is somewhat glossy, you'll also have to be careful about where to place the lights, as you might end up with glare sources in unexpected places. That's not something you'll notice conciously right away, but it can have a strongly tiring effect on the eyes. Typical lighting installations in US offices are often a disaster under that aspect even without glossy walls.


 7:39 pm on Feb 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

How funny... I was just looking at the white walls in my living room, thinking one of them would look really good with wood paneling. heheh.

Of course, it wouldn't be ugly wood paneling. Maybe a natural, oiled oak finish.

Then again, a real wood wall would really highlight the fact that the new laminate flooring wasn't actually wood... *sigh*

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