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I have a great room which is open with Living room, dining area and kitchen.  I have two large gable windows.  My problem is that I have beautiful pine wood log walls up to the 8-10 ft mark and then it has been drywalled and painted white up thru the gable windows and ceiling...   Is there a good color to paint this area of drywall above the logs so as not to contrast so drastically?  I don't think I will be able to afford covering it in wood panels for now.

there are some pictures of the interior and great room on my main site.....  I thought contrast would be good but it seems a little stark with the white.     Pat

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Why don't you cover it with tongue and groove knoty pine its not that expensive its about .50 to .70 cents a foot. That would look great.

If your up to a bit of work, and want an antique look...you can do a light colored venetian plaster, then rub on some Johnson's paste wax in with a tiny bit of acrylic tint of a slightly darker color on the wax application rag.  The wax will slightly darken (part carnuba) and fill the imperfections from the trowel work....after it dries (15-20 minutes or so) buff with a rag and it will take on a sheen, highlighting the groves etc.

On this application I used a synthetic venetian plaster made by Valspar, in a cream color.

It burnishes well with 600 sand paper and then some fine steel wool.

Looks very good with my old wooden beams etc.

In the past, I have also made my own concoctions from drywall compound etc.

I have used Behr synthetic and also Mcloskeys (excellent product).

Johnson's paste wax is about $5 for a 1 lb. tin at lowes (Briwax is clear wax).

I got the tint from AC Moore for about $1.50 a small bottle which was enough for me to do what I had too.

Give it a light color. Light colors make the room looks bigger and brighter. I would suggest for cream or a light green color. Affordable Kitchen Cabinets

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