What can I do? I don't like the paneling in my rental home...

Lisa Landreth
by Lisa Landreth
I am renting a home that has paneling I do not like this it's already

  9 answers
  • Dfm Dfm on Jul 03, 2018
    Hi, could you please complete your question in an answere box?

  • L. Creative L. Creative on Jul 03, 2018
    Sorry but your post got cut off.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 03, 2018
    you can use removable wall paper

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 03, 2018
    Ask the Landlord if you have his permission to alter things to your taste?

  • Susan Susan on Jul 03, 2018
    If your landlord allows you to remove the panelling, I like the look of wainscoting on the bottom 1/2, and a nice quality paint in a color to match you decor, I like Barn Reds, Country Blues, Olive Greens, Mustard Yellow Shades. If you are really crafty, I've seen online, people using a picture or photo f something they like, and using an overhead projector to project it on the wall. Is's really neat, because it will automatically enlarge it on the wall. Once on the wall, just trace the projected image on the wall. You can Hand paint it as you like.

  • Lsherbach Lsherbach on Jul 03, 2018
    If your landlord will allow you to paint it, rather than remove it, that's what I would do. If you are able to add the chair rail, that will give you an even more sophisticated/traditional look. There is also a paintable wallpaper out there (you can order it online) I would apply that to the top half above the chair rail and this will give you a really smooth finished look.
    But you can surely stop with just painting it, and it will make such a difference.
    Good Luck! Can't wait to see what you do.

  • Suelane Suelane on Jul 03, 2018

    HI LIsa, Please tell us more....do you have permission to change the paneling - ie. with paint? Or liner paper then wallpaper over it? If it is only something that you can temporarily do fabric over the walls might work for you - https://www.hometalk.com/diy/decorate/walls/how-to-cover-walls-with-fabric-using-liquid-starch-31665007?r=2

    If you are allowed to paint, wash the paneling with TSP (following directions) to get any build-up off of it. Lightly sand the walls and wipe clean. You want the paint to have something to adhere to so the sanding roughs up the walls a bit to give it 'teeth'. I would prime then paint or buy a good paint+primer in one. Using a brush fill in the grooves then use a roller to finish up. I would suggest a latex paint for easy applying and clean up.

    Good luck!

  • ☘️ TxBella ☘️ TxBella on Jul 03, 2018
    Hi Lisa! If you don’t have permission to remove it you maybe you could paint or stain it . Or quite possibly use coverings ( curtains, sheets, tapestry, wall hangings, art,etc...) to cover the walls.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Oct 04, 2021

    You can ask your landlord if you could paint the paneling. Show him/her some before/after pictures of painted paneling and see if they'd be willing to pay for the supplies for you to do the project.