How to paint your paneling?

I know right. There are lots of houses that still have paneling on the walls from the 60’s and 70’s. If you find yourself living with these walls you might be trying to decide how to get rid of them. Well, the good news is you don’t have to. Paneling can be made to look beautiful in a room. But if you are just tired of looking at it then you can paint it. Let's look at how to paint your paneling.

Step #1 How to paint your wood paneling: clean the paneling.

Preparation is always the key to well-painted paneling. Wipe down all the walls making sure to clean dust out of the cracks. It is best just to use a damp rag for cleaning. If there are hard to clean spots use a good cleaner, then to wipe again with a damp rag. You don’t want to leave any residue on the paneling that will prevent the paint from adhering.

Step #2 How to paint your wood paneling: fix any damage.

Walls with paneling still need to be treated like a sheetrock. You will need to remove any switch or outlet covers. Use painter tape over any areas you don’t want to get paint on. Patch or putty any nail heads in the wall. Allow the patched areas to dry completely then lightly sand the areas patched. This will take any gloss level off the paneling and give it enough texture allowing for the paint to adhere. Be careful not to sand too much and expose any bare wood. Clean walls once more to remove any dust.

Step #3 How to paint your wood paneling: prime and paint.

Before you begin to paint ensure you have all the proper tools. Choose a roller with an appropriate length nap. The nap should create a smooth appearance but also go into the grove of the paneling. For higher textured paneling use a larger nap roller. Begin with a coat of latex primer and note darker paneling might require two coats. Using a stain blocking primer will help ensure dark paneling will not show through. Finally paint your walls with latex paint. Most rooms will require at least two coats of paint. 

You will be amazed at how the whole look of the home can change with just a coat of paint on the paneling. It can take a dark drab room and turn it into a bright airy space. If you need some guidance on your home and what colors might look good in your newly designed space you can go here to see how my design services can help you.