In some cases the wood paneling is actually just plywood covered by a picture of wood that is attached on.. In this case for example, painting over it will actually be a bit easier than painting over actual wood because of how porous some wood can be. The more porous the real wood paneling is, the more coats you will have to apply, thus spending more time and more money to achieve the same look. I love white paneling – it has a lovely cottage/Scandinavian feel to it. The rooms Catnap posted are very pretty but, personally, I like white-painted paneling! Each board was placed by hand, so it’s not that terrible fake wood that you lay on like sheets of beadboard. The picture at the top with the wood paneling is not the same as the painted wall where the panels are different widths.
Last night, I spent some time cleaning the walls (room size is 18×15 by the way). I’ve been hesitant to paint a wood panelled wall in my house and this post was the final nudge I needed. By doing either of these methods, the roughened surface will allow a better surface for the paint to adhere to. Priming is necessary because it helps prevent dark wood stain from peeking through white paint, and it keeps your paint from peeling off the wood. I’m still suffering from PTSD from this paint job, so we’ve gotta give that suggestion some time to percolate.
I wouldn’t paint it. If a buyer chooses to do so, that is their business after closing. The result is a simple vertical design that is not quite striped, but visually camouflages the paneling. My family and I are here all day most days, and Im maybe more mood sensitive to the heavy dark walls but I even get creeped out by it despite knowing it’s silly. For the paint, I’m using Zinsser’s Perma-White, Mold and Mildew proof interior paint (satin latex). Whitewashed wood paneling creates a rustic appeal without making the walls look like they’re very old or in disrepair.
The primer is important because it helps to cover the wall’s imperfections, provides a better surface for the paint to stick to and keeps fresh paint from soaking into patched areas. According to Stevens, one of the easiest ways to update some dark paneling in your home is to simply paint it. Like all painting projects, though, some proper prep work is required to get the best results. You can still see the grooves between the panels, but you can’t really see the wood grain.
It did soak up paint like a SPONGE, so it required a lot more paint that I had planned on, but the end result was worth it. Painting over wood paneling is a task that many homeowners choose when updating the look of homes built during the middle years of the 20th century. Yes, Paint it. The floor wil really stand out once you do, and you will still have plenty of warmth and rustic feel going on with both the floor and the brick hearth. And paint it a color so that it looks like you intended to put that ceiling in there.
If your paneling flexes or gives when you push on it, painting is probably your only solution, since filling the grooves will tend to pop loose over time. For a quick and inexpensive fix, Mr. Sherman recommends covering it with paint. I believe you need to paint it in 30 min to an hour… the can does say… so you would do only as much wall as you can cover in that time. Grab your 2nd Purdy roller, and start putting on the first of 2 coats of paint.
I agree re: the FP. I forgot to mention that…I’ve stained bricks before with a water based wood stain. I’ve turned down buying many beautiful homes because of those depressing dark wood panels… If I were Stephanie, I would use your suggestions and cover every inch in a light color fabric and then lots and lots of art. If your budget allows, then most likely you can just eliminate it. The first thing you need to know before embarking on this project is if there is drywall behind the wood paneling.
If you wish to leave the texture of the grooves, they will not cover easily with a roller when applying primer or paint. Having finished scuffing the full width and height of the paneling to be painted, you can then move on to giving the surface its initial coat of primer. This doesn’t mean there isn’t prep work, because trust me, there is. I wiped clean all the walls with regular Lysol wipes.
We needed to be able to remove the wood slider for painting plus allow proper ventilation since oil primer over wood is a must. Step #3: Paint Paneling: Finally, apply at least two coats of latex wall paint. That’s a lot of wood but we decided that was far better than drywall (and a lot more expensive). So I live in this rental house, very 70’s with two tones of false wood paneling.
I found these pics when searching for kitchen cabinetry to compliment my thick knotty pine paneling in a beach home. Take a cotton swab and dip into nail polish remover that has ACETONE in it. IF the paint comes off on the swab it is latex if not it is oil. If you’re worried about peeling paint down the road, top this with a clear, matte or satin protective finish. I use the primer/paint mix of the Behr brand paint from Home Depot just for good measure. Next, proceed to lightly sand the walls using a technique aptly known as scuffing”; the goal here is to create a good mechanical bond between the paneled wall and the initial coat of primer that you will soon be applying.
One thing I can’t seem to find though is the paint color you used on your inside doors. You won’t need to sand the walls much first if you use a good Alkyd paint like Zinzzer or Binz. Years ago when money was realy tight, I primered & painted over cheap photofinish paneling (small interior hallway), Next re-do was to cover it with the thinest wall board available, then tape and texturie it before primer & paint…. very labor intensive.
And for your information, the Painting Paneling Walls images and pictures that posted in this post was uploaded by Wall Paint Casa Gallery Group after long research to choosing the ones that are best among the others. Covering the paneling will cause the wall to be thicker, so some of the moldings will to need to be trimmed, and the casings around doors and windows may need shimming to cover any gaps. I love the look of wood, fake or not, so maybe I’m not the best person to answer this, but it would look completely hip and lovely to do a white painted decoration over the paneling.
The GelStain holds to the Masonite good, although after the first coat you still can tell it’s not real wood. I hired a painter to paint the picture window and the 3 12-over-12 double hung windows in BM White Dove. Once you determine that you have plywood on the walls, check to make sure the surface is integral to the paneling and not a thin printed covering, sometimes seen on this type of sheathing. The texture is also important to consider before painting because grooves in between the panels can be a problem if you want a uniform look of the wall.