Whats the best way to make painted wood panels look?

I'm buying a house with a family room that's full of wood panels and I am afraid of paintig them white and ruining them.

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  • Debbie Dorsey Debbie Dorsey on May 11, 2018
    You could try the rolls of wall pops. They have so many styles and there's no glue like wall paper
  • Kay27246977 Kay27246977 on May 11, 2018
    It won’t ruin them just make sure that it fits with your decor style
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on May 11, 2018
    Hi Samantha,
    I painted some in one room in my home and wallpapered some in another room. When I painted I scuffed it up and used a primer for the first coat, then applied the paint. With the wallpaper one, I filled in the grooves with drywall compound, let it dry and sanded it smooth, then applied the wallpaper. Both walls turned out great and have lasted a long time. Wishing you the best.
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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on May 12, 2018
      I'm sorry Samantha, I don't have any pics. I did this over 25 years ago. It's still there, but I'm in the process of taking it off and painting that wall. Still, for 20 years or so it lasted well. The one place that I had a small issue after 20 years, was where the heat vent came into the room. The prepasted wallpaper I used came a little loose in that area, so if I were to do it again, I'd pay extra attention to that area and add some actual wallpaper paste.
  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on May 11, 2018
    My Mil had hers painted, they lightly sanded them, primed them well and painted them a very light mint green, they turned out beautiful. The room was so dark before and now it is bright and pretty.
  • Heje Heje on May 11, 2018
    Basically the same as the other. I have cleaned, lightly sanded, primed and painted. They will look nice when done.
  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on May 12, 2018
    Start by painting just one wall as an accent. See how you like it. Sometimes I think all painted is too much white so painting some might be just right