What can you do to update paneling in a house?

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If there is outdated paneling in a house what can be done besides removing it to update the room.

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  • Amanda Amanda on Dec 15, 2017
    Hello. You can prime it and paint it. My parents just did this and it looks great! I would recommend using a oil base primer. It covered better.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 15, 2017
    white wash it for a lighter different appearance

  • Linda Linda on Dec 15, 2017
    Sand, clean, prime and paint (in that order)

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 15, 2017
    Yes paint it. That will give it a face lift of sorts.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 15, 2017
    Depending on the quality of the paneling, it can be painted any color.
    In a small area.... wash the paneling with TSP (to remove wax, grease, etc).. lightly sand...120 grit, prime and paint... let it dry completely.... if you can lightly scrape the wall with a fingernail, and the paint comes off... then the paint will not hold on the paneling, and any effort you put into painting it is wasted.... Your choice at this point is to remove the paneling and install drywall, or another product like bead board... or... go over the paneling with 1/4 inch drywall or bead board.. both of which can then be painted.
    If the paint holds on the paneling after a light scraping or washing.... there you go.... wash down with TSP, lightly sand, use a good primer and then paint.

  • Dana Dana on Dec 15, 2017
    paint it

  • William William on Dec 15, 2017
    I agree with paint. Wash, prime, and paint. if it has grooves you can fill them in with drywall patching compound. Fill the grooves. Let the compound dry overnight. Next day go over the compound with a damp sponge to smooth it out. Prime and paint.

  • Peg Peg on Dec 15, 2017
    You can paint paneling.

  • Barb Barb on Dec 16, 2017
    Painting it with primer built in the paint, choose a color theme and paint trim white. This will use you a whole new updated look throughout your home📌