Most of us think of cabins as a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. If painted drywall does not match your cabin tastes, try knotty pine paneling for walls, ceilings, or decking. These materials and applications blend in well with many types of cabin décor whether they are log cabins or look more like conventional homes.
Cabins should be inviting and relaxing and knotty pine paneling helps provide this kind of atmosphere. There’s something about real wood that drywall or thin sheets of wood or metal just cannot deliver. Pine paneling is quite popular today, and there are many reasons for this growing trend.
The Revival of Knotty Pine Paneling
The post-WWII pine paneling craze with wide boards installed vertically has turned into a trend of painting them white in many cabins and homes. Wood purists are turned off by this movement and have turned to more narrow panels mounted horizontally on cabin and home walls. The current trend of cabins built with log siding instead of full logs appears to be here to stay. Pine paneling installed on the interior walls is a welcome addition to exterior log siding.
Pine paneling can be finished with a clear coat or stained virtually any color of your choice. You can have the best of both worlds with log siding that gives the full log look outside and a gorgeous paneled interior. The revival back to the natural look and feel of real wood is strong for many people.
Tongue and Groove Knotty Pine Paneling
One of the many reasons why pine paneling is appealing is its design. Panels made with the tongue and groove/end-matching configuration provide superior results, including:
- Faster and easier installation
- Zero-waste products
- Join ends anywhere between studs
- Tight joints and flat surfaces
- Nails hidden in tongue and grooves
- Homeowners with skills can install them
- T&G paneling just looks good!
Other benefits that make this project enjoyable include less time spent measuring, marking to length, and sawing the paneling as well as less clean-up time.
|“Cabins should be inviting and relaxing and knotty pine paneling helps provide this type of atmosphere. There’s something about real wood that drywall or thin sheets of wood or metal just cannot deliver.”
Choose from the Favorite Sizes Available
Lumber yards and large box stores tend to have limited sizes of knotty pine paneling. Many do not carry cedar paneling to coordinate with cedar log siding. The good news is both are available online in zero-defect conditions at fair prices. The best mills carry ¾” thick stock shown like this gorgeous cedar pictured here.
Unfinished Pine Paneling Unfinished Cedar Paneling
1”x 4” 1” X 4”
1”x 5” 1” X 5”
1”x 6” 1” X 6”
Buy unfinished pine in 220 sq. ft. packages to make ordering easier and save money! These packages contain an assortment of mostly 8-footers with an assortment of shorter pieces. At this point, white cedar paneling is available on special order only due to a short supply.
Pre-Finished Pine and Cedar Paneling
Buying pre-finished pine or cedar paneling is a great way to save a lot of time and work. These products feature sanding before the application of each coat of clear finish. The smoothness of the finish is unmatched with a furniture-grade finish. High-quality panels come in these sizes:
Like unfinished cedar paneling, pre-finished cedar is also in short supply. Check with us to see if it is currently available.
Pre-finished Pine Paneling Pre-finished Cedar Paneling
1”x 4” 1”x 6” only
1”x 6” with “White Wash”
Pre-finished pine and cedar paneling are available in convenient 220 sq. ft. packages. As with unfinished paneling, packages consist of mostly 8-footers with some shorter pieces mixed in.
Trims, Molding, and Corners for Paneling
No paneling project is complete without the necessary trims, molding, and corners. These pieces set the job off with a finished touch and a professional job. Many sizes of unfinished trims made to high-quality specifications are available in knotty pine in these styles:
- Crown Molding ● 1”x 2” Ceiling Trim
- Casing ● 1” x 1 ½” Outside Corner
- Baseboard ● ¾” Quarter Round
- 1” Inside Corner ● ¾” Cove
We hope these ideas about knotty pine and cedar paneling are helpful. These two products are virtually perfect for any cabin décor.