we put compound in the seams, then sanded the walls. We sanded all the walls, that’s the most time consuming. We then primed the walls, waited 24 hrs for that to cure, and then painted. Very easy and you can’t tell the walls were once paneled. Wish I had pictures but that was our last home we had.
When we made over paneling, I started out not filling the grooves, but, went back and filled them with spackle. If you wet sand them with a damp sponge, you won't have the dust. I also found out I could get the Kilz tinted to match my paint, which made the process much easier. I cleaned the paneling with a TSP substitute after sanding the shiny finish to prep.
Hi Portia, here are a couple of projects on Hometalk:
We just painted ours. We did not sand the grooves. It came out nice. It just looks like ship lap if you are into that.