Asked on Jul 31, 2020




Have tongue and groove paneling in my basement. Its a medium dark but I would like to lighten the wood to a honey color. Any suggestions?

7 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Jul 31, 2020

    Hi Dawn, it may be possible to sand it down and just apply polyurethane for a lighter wood look. Otherwise you could consider a white wash.

  • Lindsay Aratari
    8 days ago

    You could try to sand it and restain it

  • Lindsay Aratari
    8 days ago

    You could sand it and then restain it

  • Johnavallance82
    8 days ago

    Hello there,

    The quickest way to change the colour would be to undercoat and use a paint the colour you would like, and then use a thick varnish and a dry brush method to achieve a grained look again, otherwise it would mean striping, sanding and bleaching and then re-staining and finishing, a long dirty and in the end maybe not really what you are after. Best wishes.

  • Daw1955
    8 days ago

    What is an undercoat?

  • Flipturn
    8 days ago

    Undercoat is another term that means the same as Primer.

    It is a paint specially made to seal the surface and to prepare it for the paint coat in the color of your choice. Undercoats/primers prevent surfaces from soaking up too much paint, colors from bleeding through and help to prevent peeling.

  • Vimarhonor
    7 days ago

    Hello. A pickling technique would be an easy application—- if that suits your taste.

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