Asked on May 22, 2013

Paint my paneling?

Susan NAnita Buford BurnsLeeAnn Gerleman


I have dark wood judges paneling in my 1986 home's family room. Should I paint it a light color?
8 answers
  • Peggy Hill
    on May 23, 2013

    I painted over my dark paneling, with a light yellow and it brighten up the room a lot. but I first rolled on a spackle to fill in the groves. it looks great.

  • Sia@South 47th
    on May 23, 2013

    We painted our Knotty Pine Paneling Dove White. Looks great.

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett
    on May 23, 2013

    YES, to painting a light color. You will love it!

  • Jackie Prim
    on May 23, 2013

    Paint it a light color.

  • House Boy, Inc.
    on May 24, 2013

    yes definitely. you will want to lightly sand it first, then apply an oil based primer.

  • LeeAnn Gerleman
    on Apr 3, 2015

    I have friends that bought an old mobile home and painted the whole thing inside. It looked beautiful. and the lines in the panelling, after being covered with paint gave it a beachy coastal look. like in a cabin.

  • Anita Buford Burns
    on Aug 3, 2015

    We painted the paneling in our first home. Used a no sand liquid to prepare the wood. Applied a water based primer. Then painted. Turned out great and really lasted. In our current home, previous owners had painted the paneling and we wanted to get rid of the grooves so we used drywall compound to fill in the grooves, applied drywall compound to entire wall with a roller, and painted. No grooves showed through and we are very pleased with the results.

  • Susan N
    on Sep 30, 2015

    My parents had their paneling painted many years ago and it still looks perfect. Painter started by cleaning with TSP to remove any dirt, oils, old cigarette smoke, etc. Then primed with oil-based primer. Then painted with antique white-ish color (can't recall if oil or water based.) Looks wonderful, no chips, peeling, bubbles - as nice as the day it was finished. Go for the paint!!

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