Painting paneling to look like shiplap

by Dee
Has anyone ever whitewashed paneling? I want to put it on it's side and run the look of the "boards" horizontally. I am not sure how to make it look more authentically like shiplap. Should I paint the grooves darker first so they show more after whitewashing???
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  • Jacalyn Jacalyn on Feb 08, 2016
    I have never whitewashed paneling, although it was something I always wanted to do in my old house. I would sacrifice a few small pieces and see what works best, painting the grooves first (my guess) or painting them after whitewashing. Have fun, good luck, and post pictures!
  • Dee Dee on Feb 08, 2016
    Thanks for the encouragement!
  • Robin Smith Robin Smith on Feb 08, 2016
    If it's not already got a sheen or poly on it, ie...raw wood, it should whitewash very easily! I think it would look great!
  • Janice Harned Janice Harned on Feb 09, 2016
    Water down paint and take lint free rag and dip and wipe until desired effect. I used this in a half bath several years ago still looks good watch for splinters.
  • Reggie Reggie on Feb 09, 2016
    I stripped knotty pine paneling and whitewashed it about 20 years ago. I used white paint, water, and a little bit of raw number to whitewash. I put it on using old T-shirts. It looked great. Sorry, no pictures to show you.
  • Dee Dee on Feb 09, 2016
    Thanks so much!
  • Deb2957433 Deb2957433 on Jun 20, 2016
    My concern is not the paint so much as successfully filling the edges of the horizontal paneled board. I am wanting to do this with interior grade paneled plywood. The raw edges will have to be sanded and filled with caulk & puddy to hide the edge without ruining the lines running through the board that give the shiplap look. If I can do this it will be so much more cost effective than true shiplap.