How to make paneling look better?

Bonnie Lamb
by Bonnie Lamb

Our house is a 1970's tri-level. The family room is wood paneling and I HATE it. What could I do to make it look better??? HELP

  4 answers
  • SL SL on Jan 26, 2019

    You can paint paneling and it works pretty good. Another option is to texture it first then paint it.

  • A Grigg A Grigg on Jan 26, 2019

    My parents painted 1973 panelling white, leaving molding natural wood. Paint it, take it down, or cover it up

  • Jean E Miller Jean E Miller on Jan 26, 2019

    Bonnie - You could paint the paneling or wallpaper it. A good paint and wallpaper store carries the proper base paper that actually covers the grooves in the paneling. If you prefer to paint, fill the grooves with wood filler be sure to sand. Prime allthe paneling then paint. How this helps. Jean

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jan 26, 2019

    You can paint it by putting a good primer on it first such as Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 and then your finish coat. The primer can be tinted to the same color as your final coat. If you do not like the seams then fill them with a wood filler, sand smooth and wipe down the wall for any dust or stains and do this before priming. I have seen this done and it looks good after painting.