Paneling cover up

I have a room covered with old paneling. Now I don't have money or time to rip all of it out so can someone please help me with a way to cover it or go over it. Thx
  14 answers
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Nov 16, 2016
    I painted my the paneling in my house and love it. Prime it first and then paint to lighten up the rooms, an inexpensive quick fix!

  • I painted mine also and actually love the look. It takes a little time but I don't think I'll be ripping out the paneling any time soon.

  • Jerusha Myers Jerusha Myers on Nov 17, 2016
    I agree 1000% ! Prime it first then paint it a light color. Personally I love the beach cottage look.... The room will look so much bigger!

  • Annedale Key Raklovits Annedale Key Raklovits on Nov 17, 2016
    Yes, paint the paneling. Also, if you use the flat paint on one of the panels and then a gloss paint of the same color/shade, it gives it a ribbon effect. Very pretty.

  • Charly Dye Charly Dye on Nov 17, 2016
    Painting is good and quickly done. You can also either fill the grooves with spakling or use under-liner paper and then cover with wall paper -- works really good. Use a textured so it doesn't look outdated later.

  • Tova Pearl Tova Pearl on Dec 11, 2016
    painted panelling looks great!

  • Maureen Maureen on Dec 11, 2016
    wash the walls first with TSP. this will remove all dirt. then prime, then paint. I did this to a room. I had to use 2 coats of primer and two coats of paint. My daughter used a sponge brush to do the lines in the panel and I used the roller. It was hard work, but we enjoyed the bonding experience.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Dec 14, 2016
    I lived with painted paneling for years and it's a fast, cheap, quick way to update a room.

  • Pat11183342 Pat11183342 on Dec 15, 2016
    While painting is a good option, if the panneling is all nicked up there is one other option.
    In my house someone put panneling that was designed to look like 4 inch square tile wall. Than it was painted over time and again and chipped and bubbled next to toilet (yuck , right) I scrubbed it, knocked off loose paint and repainted it til I figured out what to do.
    On one wall I pulled the panneling off, left was chunks of glue and small chunks of the saw dust board, it required a belt sander to smooth. The other wall with the chipped paint, I left and just left alone after a good cleaning.
    (I did want to but new panneling up as the bathroom was small but I love the wainscoting bead board look.)
    So I bought wall paper that looks like bead board. Under $15 a roll. Fairly thick, thick enough to imply bead board. It also didn't show any of the nail holes, faux grout lines or chipped paint through the wall paper.
    Fyi, the packaging says it can go over panneling, I just didn't believe it.
    I have had no trouble with seems, the paper was designed well. Very please, very cheap and nice looking.
    I got it a a big box hardware store and they make different textures including but not limited to tin ceiling look, swirl, and pop corn texture. I did buy the paste and I brush it on the paper before applying even though it's prepasted. I hate fighting with wall paper and this worked really well.

  • Rosa Rosa on Dec 30, 2016
    You can also mud the wall with texture and make it look like sheet rock. At least if you know how to do the knock down or Monterey drag that professionals do. Can't tell the difference except it's wood that hangs pictures easier. I always use Simi gloss paint that you can wash and no need to paint for years.

  • Marianna Marianna on Dec 30, 2016
    When I moved in my house, the basement area was very dark paneling and I did not have the time nor money for the tearing down and sheetrock, sanding painting process so I purchased a textured paintable wallpaper from Lowes. It has no repeat pattern to match, prepasted and goes over paneling beautifully. Comes in different textures, I chose stucco. Then painted it....whala! Seams of paneling do not show. Part of the room I actually left the paneling exposed on the bottom half (painted it), and then papered the top half, painted that and used moulding to cover the middle seam.

    That looked nice too.
    It is another quick fix and a good way to inexpensively remedy paneled areas, especially if you do not wish to see the paneling seams.

  • Kristy Williams Tillman Kristy Williams Tillman on Jan 01, 2017
    I would paint it for sure!

  • Cin15906457 Cin15906457 on Jan 02, 2017
    We painted the paneling in our 1938 house and it looks great !