How can I change paneling to look like drywall?


I have wood paneling everywhere -- I have seen people change this to look like drywall. How can I do that easily?

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  • William William on Sep 08, 2018


    Make sure the paneling is clean and dry. Prime with a good stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, BIN or Kilz. Then paint like painting regular walls. Acrilyc latex paint will work. If the paneling has grooves you can fill them with non shrink drywall patching compound. Just put on enough to fill the grooves. Let it dry overnight. Next day use a damp sponge to smooth the patch. Then prime and paint.

  • Helen Bleazard Helen Bleazard on Sep 08, 2018

    Hi there

    Here is a great ink to help you on your way.

    Good luck

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Sep 08, 2018

    William said it just right. Or you put 1/4 inch sheetrock on top. But William's idea seems a lot easier.

  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Sep 09, 2018

    If you want your walls with a little bit of texture to them put some sand granules in with the paint ....should work to cover the paneling......

  • Stephanie Bokor Stephanie Bokor on Sep 09, 2018

    Thank you everyone!!!

  • Sally Shutt Sally Shutt on Sep 09, 2018

    I tried them all, and found that textured vinyl wallcovering worked best. Not thin paper that will sink into the cracks. One that I liked was textured to fesemble leather. Dull finish will hide inperfections

    & lines. You can always paint over it for a new, or different look. Maybe try a striped wallcover. Easiest to hang with no pattern matching, and also hides the cracks in the panelling.

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