Can u paint over wood paneling but make it look like u haven't painted

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or what wud be the best way to proceed to update the family room?

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  • Paula Fontes Paula Fontes on Jun 08, 2017
    Not really. Either you go total coverage (white?) or you do a whitewash-type coverage,,,either way the old paneling will look fresh and nice!

    • Elle Elle on Jun 08, 2017
      I was looking at a better/home garden magazine . u cud see the paneling lines but it didn't seem to look like they painted over paneling. Oh well, will try not to be so wish washy and make a decision! Thank you for ur ideas.

  • Rachel Rachel on Jun 08, 2017
    You could try a plaster type finish, but not sure how that would work. Caulk in the seams would keep it from having the lines show

  • Tammy Talbott Tammy Talbott on Jun 08, 2017
    I had a home that had lots of paneling, it was in good shape and there wasn't a need to remove it so my brother-in-law used the spackling mud that's used for drywall to cover up all the lines and smoothed it all out, then painted the walls and they are smooth just like drywall. I'm not sure of all the details since he did it for me but maybe you can look it up. And good luck.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jun 09, 2017
    How about staining it for a more natural look?

  • Diy Shannon Diy Shannon on Jun 09, 2017
    My whole house is paneling. I painted the whole thing. I have found if you use cheap flat paint as a primer first then you use less of you the color you want. I tried using cans of texture spray. It was ok but more expensive and didn't really get rid of lines completely. I guess the mud idea would work but you would have to make sure to sand it down. A lot of work in my opinion. Bottom line after you paint it, the lines become less noticeable just with paint alone. Just pick your color and go for it.

  • Patricia Patricia on Jun 09, 2017
    If you apply paint to it the paneling will look painted. However, if you just want to change the color and keep the wood look, then try sanding and applying a new stain color.

  • William William on Jun 09, 2017
    You sure can! Done right it will look like normal painted walls.

    Use acrylic latex paint. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123. Then paint with your color.If the paneling has grooves you can fill then with drywall patching compound. Let that dry overnight. Next day go over the patch with a damp sponge to smooth it out.