Asked on Feb 9, 2020

How do I cover up an ugly section of dark paneling?

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The section in this bedroom is 3 ft. wide by 4 ft. tall. Lightweight item I had mounted has come down at least twice with Command strips. There is sort of a blue and green "theme" to this room. Help!

10 answers
  • Gk
    on Feb 9, 2020

    Can you prime and paint the dark paneling to match the rest of the walls? That should be a fairly easy job Glenna. If your Command strips are not holding what you have hung you may need to make sure that the Command strips you are using are rated for the weight of what you are hanging. Not all Command strips hold the same weight. Each package will tell you what weight those particular Command strips will hold. You also have to make sure that when you position the piece on the wall and the Command hook that you give it the proper time to adhere to the wall. Some people put up a Command product and then immediately hang things only to have things fall down shortly thereafter. Good Luck!

  • Recreated Designs
    on Feb 9, 2020

    Hi Glenna, do you have a picture of the room or panelling? It might help so that we can see what it looks like and help out. Have you tried painting it?

  • William
    on Feb 9, 2020

    Painting is the best and easiest solution

    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.

    You can also wallpaper fabric on it with liquid starch. Just soak the fabric in the starch, wring out well and apply to the paneling. It will peel right off with no damage in the future. Perfect for renters

    • Glenna
      on Feb 10, 2020

      How about this small world? Our son's name is William Joseph and this ugly paneling space is in his former bedroom. Sorry, but I've never heard of wallpaper fabric before. Do you think I might get it in our local paint and wallpaper store?

  • Mogie
    on Feb 9, 2020

    Yes a picture would be very helpful so we can see exactly what you are working with.

  • I'd love to see a picture when you get a chance.

  • Tinyshoes
    on Feb 10, 2020

    Glenna...I would clean good then use Kilz primer then pick the paint color. Usually a couple coats will cover...I used a brush on the grooves and rolled the rest

  • Cynthia H
    on Feb 10, 2020

    Hi! Paneling is easy to paint. Wipe any dust, etc. Fill in any holes and grooves with spackle. Lightly sand until surface is level. Wipe down with damp microfiber cloth to remove sanding dust. Seal with Kilz (you can get it tinted to match the color you are painting the wall) and paint. An alternative is wallpaper, although I would fill in the grooves first.

  • Linda Sikut
    on Feb 10, 2020

    Hi Glenna,

    I fully agree with Cynthia. We did that in our home because many of the rooms had a lot of knotty pine. When our neighborhood was originally built all of the houses had knotty pine kitchens (all walls and cabinets) plus knotty pine in almost every room. We remodeled the kitchen but painted the other knotty pine walls to fit better in our home. The biggest thing to remember (in my opinion) is to make sure to sand the walls until they are really smooth after using the spackle or wood putty. A tiny "ridge" left behind will show in the texture after the wall is painted. Also make sure to use Kilz or another top brand. Do not leave out the primer. The natural oils in the wood will seep through regular paint and the wall will always have streaks showing. I hope these little tips help. Wishing you the best.

  • William
    on Feb 10, 2020

    Just regular fabric. What I meant is to apply it like wallpaper.

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