How do I fill the gaps in my paneling?

he promised he could put up the paneling and I am left with this. Any suggestions how to fill it and match it up better? This is near the ceiling, which will be painted.

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  • William William on Nov 19, 2018

    He should have butted the paneling at the ceiling and the added strips at the bottom. Less noticeable. At this time you can cover the gap with narrow flat molding and paint/stain it as close to the paneling color. Molding strips 1/8"-1/4" thick, 3/4"- 1" wide. Come in 7' to 8' lengths. Make sure they are level all around.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 19, 2018

    Your picture doesn't show gaps. But if only at ceiling, add crown mold. Plus it looks good!

  • Heather Olinde Heather Olinde on Nov 19, 2018

    OMG!!! The only way you could cover that up would be to either put up crown moulding, or use spackling to fill in the gaps and then paint the paneling. Good luck girl!!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 20, 2018

    Hello Robin,

    Moldings work nicely.

    We have a molding on our ( painted) paneling where the ceiling vaults upwards and exceeds the one sheet of panelings height.

    Please have a look at the photos.

    Im not sure this might be a solution for you to consider ir another type if molding might well disguise the patching effectively.

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  • Dee Dee on Nov 20, 2018

    Definitely molding. You could also use dowling to fill in the gap. But molding is the best choice.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Nov 21, 2018


    I would put crown molding at the top to cover the gap, then drop down and put a strip of flat molding across what appears to be another gap, then paint both strips and in between white to make it look like larger, impressive molding.

    This is a technique used when there is small molding and people want it to appear more impressive.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Dec 31, 2021

    shoemolding and any other small moldings and caulking