Dark wood wainscoting question.

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Wanting to lighten up the family room but unable to remove/replace the dark wood wainscoting. Anyone have ideas how I could temporarily lighten this paneling without defacing it?

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  • Gma Kirk Gma Kirk on Jun 22, 2017
    Could you sand it down and then give it a pickled finish?

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jun 22, 2017
    You can put bright furniture and colors around the room (curtains, couches, cushions) to brighten it up.

  • Julia Johnson Julia Johnson on Jun 22, 2017
    You can paint over wainscoting with any color of interior paint 😃 I did this with white and it made the kitchen much cozier!

  • Julie King Julie King on Jun 22, 2017
    Are you willing to strip it to the natural wood and then put a coat of poly on it? You could always restain it dark at a later date.

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jun 22, 2017
    You can paint over it!!

  • Kathy Wells Kathy Wells on Jun 22, 2017
    You can cover it with fabric. Cut the fabric to the size needed, then soak the fabric in liquid starch, then apply it like wallpaper. If you want to ever change it, it just peels off. You can put trim (ie: ribbon) on the top edge for extra interest.