If you want to you can. Paneling can be painted.
Make sure the paneling is clean and dry. Prime with a good stain blocking primer like Kilz. Then paint like painting regular walls. Acrylic 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.
Some folks like the look of paneling and others want to update it. Here is info on how to paint or stain it.
This video tutorial might help: https://youtu.be/x1pD5EgdExQ
Proper prep can yield a successful job. After walls are clean —prime and paint.
We have a log cabin and too much wood is dark and dreary.
We are quite pleased the previous homeowner placed paneling over natural cedar logs in two bedrooms and painted it a light color. I would suggest not to hesitate to your paint paneling for a room brightening update. Our paneling grooves are not filled and I feel its a huge improvement.
I think you’ll be really pleased with your results. Best wishes in your painting adventure!
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I hope this helps!
If you would like the room better - then yes! It’s your home and you should make it how you like. :)
That is a personal choice but if you feel it is too white or bland, try adding a glaze before you paint it.
Paint away! I lived with orange oak 80's trim for 5 years trying to work with it (my husband hated the idea of painting it) once I did it made a huge difference and my husband loved it! Paint can make a huge difference.