What can be done with a panelled wall?

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I have a paneled wall in the Living Room, that has been painted, but is there any other ideas on how to transform this wall, without removing the paneling?

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  • Roxaneg Roxaneg on Oct 20, 2017
    I have the same issue in my new house-- paneling, paneling everywhere, some painted, some not.

    Can you add trim to the paneling to give it a different look? I have paneling in my laundry, painted matte white and I painted laundry-related words on the wall in the gloss version of the same color. It's subtle, but effective, something that could be used in a living room if you found a design you liked.

    Can you fill in the cracks in the paneling and smooth out the wall? I did that in my old house and the effect was to give me a bare wall that I could do anything I wanted with.

  • Scottishlassie033 Scottishlassie033 on Oct 20, 2017
    You can cover it with wallpaper

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 20, 2017
    If you can still see the space between the wood, you could paint in a color of your choosing the little stripes between the wood strips. It would be a way to bring in your accent colors into the room in a novel way. You don't even have to do all of them, you can decide how far apart it would look good in your room. It doesn't have to be really bright colors, they can be muted if only a hint is wanted.

  • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Oct 20, 2017
    You could fill in the lines with spackle, let dry and then sand until smooth. Repaint and it won't look like paneling. To save you some time you could put in wainscoting to cover the bottom half with a chair rail to finish it off. You would only have to spackle the top portion then.

  • Jim Cox Jim Cox on Oct 20, 2017
    I went to strip some wallpaper last year and found paneling underneath. (there was no drywall behind it so I didn't really have a choice at the time). I mudded and sanded all my seams and nail holes etc with drywall compound ($6) and painted a flat gray. Looks great and no one notices it's paneling

  • Csr16200510 Csr16200510 on Oct 20, 2017
    you can add a wallpaper boarder to the top --- not necessary to fill in the paneling grooves either -- the boarder goes right over it and looks nice --- or if you want, you could a chair rail up or put the paper boarder in the area where you could put the chair rail.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 24, 2021

    Use wallpaper liner and then wallpaper the wall.