Those TV shows and blog posts where people whiiiiiiiiiine that they just can’t liiiiiiiive with that fugly knotty piiiiiiiine just push me over the eddddddddge. I try not to rant. I really do. But sometimes I just have to let ‘er rip.
Do I *love* knotty pine? Yes, if it was well made and has been well maintained.
Do I *love* wood paneling? I actually do love the cherry paneling in our man cave — my husband loves it, too. I think that pecky cypress is amazing. And there are plenty of other wood species that are quite lovely. Paneling can really warm up a room: Duh, it is made of trees, it is nature applied right to your walls.
Do I *love* all wood paneling? No. There is a quality — ergo, beauty — continuum.
Does anyone really need to *hate* knotty pine or wood paneling? No. And, no. Our parents and grandparents and generations of ancestors before us loved their wood-paneled walls. Could they really all have been so wrong? Oh, and is *hate* really even called for? Maybe let’s take a chill pill, and save hatred — and the call to action that such an intense emotion incites — for truly important things. Like social injustice and earth-destroying greed, for example.
That Eartha Kitsch, she is a true sweetie. Not only does she show how it’s done with the modest updates to her lovely time capsule knotty pine kitchen — but when talking recently about the knotty-pine-haters, she restrained the rant and got all comedian-like instead. Humor is way more effective in winning converts, don’tcha think? Read her routine — “Dear Lord! Not Wood!” over on her blog, Ranch Dressing. The two images here are used with her permission; you can also click on the photos to get to her blog. Which also has knotty pine background. See. Knotty is nice. Props to you, Eartha Kitsch.