Asked on Sep 14, 2019

How can I tile over cheap wall paneling?

by Cathie

The wall of our kitchen is painted cheap wall board. How can we tile over it?

There is just a small area to do starting under the stove and going left under the cabinets and around under the window and to the end of the countertop.

  9 answers
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 14, 2019

    This is a lovely kitchen. You might want to buy panels with a tiled front instead of plastering the walls and installing tiles, one by one. Spacing, cutting, grouting, caulking, and polishing are each separate skills, but here is where I recommend you watch several YouTube videos, and attend free workshops at home improvement stores before you start the work. I would love to see a post from you of your progress and project on Hometalk! Jewell

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Sep 14, 2019

    You need to make sure that the existing walls are strong enough to support the weight of tiles and grout. I would test the strength by tiling a small area of the wall that that doesn't show (behind the fridge or inside a pantry would work). If the walls won't support the weight, you could install heavier drywall over the paneling and then apply the tiles.

  • Karen Brunck Karen Brunck on Sep 15, 2019

    Try the peel and stick wall tiles. They've come a long way. Look great and hold up well.😊

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Sep 15, 2019

    I think the paneling looks cute from what I can see, but if you are just doing around the stove and cabinets here are some ideas for you:

  • Randal Randal on Sep 15, 2019

    I would tear the paneling down, depending on how cheap it is, it may be made of pressed wood, which would NOT hold the tile or grout, and also likely to buckle out on you, so hard to say without seeing it, but if you are going to do it, my mottos is do it right the first time. Hope this helps.

  • Dmholt4391 Dmholt4391 on Sep 18, 2019

    First, is it really paneling (wood) or is it actually wall board. Find this out before you proceed.

  • Ellis Ellis on Sep 20, 2019

    I love the look of the painted paneling. I agree with Karen, look for the peel and stick tiles, or at least tiles that are lightweight. I've seen metallic tiles, in copper, stainless steel, etc., that are lightweight.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Sep 20, 2019

    I would not tile over wood paneling. Walls look really good! it is like shiplap that that is soo in now. I would concentrate on painting your kitchen cabinets or maybe a wall section of it white color