How can I make over dark wall paneling?

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What to do with old dark paneling in a room

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  • DesertRose DesertRose on Oct 13, 2019

    When we bought an older home with dark paneling in every room, we used calking to fill in the cracks then painted it! We first used aroma-free Kilz primer then painted the color we wanted. It looked great, and we added a wallpaper border at the top in the front room and dining room. Hope this helps!

  • Carol Carol on Oct 13, 2019

    Thank you. How about other options as well?

  • William William on Oct 13, 2019

    Paint, wallpaper, or remove.


    Make sure the paneling is clean and dry. Prime with a good stain blocking primer like 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.


  • Homeroad Homeroad on Oct 14, 2019

    If I had paneling (and I did) I would paint it white to give the room a brighter feel. Taking it down would be a big job and the wall would need to be repaired. It is easy to paint the paneling !