I have wood paneling, what is a cheap and easy way to update it?

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  • Doc Doc on Jun 18, 2017
    Clean it with TSP, prime with a good primer, 2 coats to be safe, and paint it.

  • Elaine DeLong-fuehrer Elaine DeLong-fuehrer on Jun 18, 2017
    paint it.. do u have pictures of it?

  • William William on Jun 18, 2017
    I agree. Paint is the cheapest. Make sure its clean and dry. Prime with a good stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123 or BIN. Then paint with your color. If the paneling has grooves you can fill them with drywall patching compound. Let it dry overnight. Next day go over the patch with a damp sponge to smooth it out. Prime and paint.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 18, 2017
    If it has big grooves in it that you don't like, then spend most of your money on wood putty. Spread it on like peanut butter into the grooves, smoothing with an old butter knife, credit card or narrow putty knife. When you are finished puttying and the putty is dry, go over the grooves with fine sandpaper, maybe at the same time as you are sanding off some of the shiny surface of the "wood" itself. Dust to make sure you have a clean surface. Then paint away. Chalk paint will help hide small imperfections; high gloss latex will make it shiny again. Choose one of these or another. Best wishes 😇

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Jun 18, 2017
    Any grooves fill with caulk and smooth out. Put textured white wallpaper on top of the paneling and then paint it. My MIL did this to her den and kitchen and it turned out beautiful.