Bringing life to old paneling

My bedroom has the old brown paneling. I have already painted it once. Just not what I want.. Ant suggestions??
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  • Repurpose Diva Repurpose Diva on Jun 09, 2015
    Painting it a clean white always works on paneling depending if the paneling is hung well. You can always add large moulding for crown or baseboards and/or a clean nautical feel. Another option: Do you know if there is sheetrock behind the paneling? If so, it maybe easier to remove the paneling and repair/paint the sheetrock. If not, sheetrock is not expensive depending the size of the room and if you know how to float it out. Good luck
  • David Gnida David Gnida on Jun 09, 2015
    If it were me and I was tired of any plain painting options I would frame it out with about a 3/8" thick flat moulding about 3" wide. Just plain strips of wood in either a box configuration meaning rectangular sections or do some other type of design with the strips. Doesn't have to all be symmetric. Paneling is hard to like for real but with your own little bit of craftiness and pops of color I'm sure you'll like the outcome. If not rip I'd down.
  • Cynthia Starnes Griffin Cynthia Starnes Griffin on Jun 09, 2015
    I have wallpapered over old brown 70's paneling. First hang a plain backing paper, which looks a bit like interfacing to the wall. It will hide the grooves, or seams in the paneling. Then, you can proceed with any paper you like. It takes two steps, but the results are perfect.
  • Barbara Barbara on Jun 09, 2015
    I agree with Cynthia. Before you hang the lining it will provide better adhesion if you wash down the wall first with a mild mix of TSP and warm water, then go over it with a damp cotton T-shirt that you no longer want or need. Let it dry for a few hours before beginning the lining paper.
  • Tonia Tonia on Jun 09, 2015
    If you want a smooth wall fill the cracks with drywall mud then do a skim coat over all and sand. I have done this but it takes patience if you have never done it before. Don't go to heavy on the on the mud it will just add work to the sanding!
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    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jun 29, 2015
      I also saw on a couple of decorating shows where they did a striped effect by alternating 2 colours--1 colour between 2 grooves means no taping. Of course the stripes are different sizes, which creates a more charming and casual effect.
  • Shirley Shirley on Jun 09, 2015
    What I did to my paneling is the easiest ever. Because of the seams, nail holes, & total wear & tear, mine was a medium brown and I bought tan paint and used a paint sponge and sponged the paneling. Didn't have to cover up seams or nail holes.
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Jun 12, 2015
    do some stenciling, sponging or stamping to make a faux inlaid wood along your panels (see example)
  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Dec 21, 2020

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