Updating older dark paneled house
Wood paneling is out of style so here are some other ways to modernize it.
Painting is the first option, but you can still see the wood panels, they are just a new color now.
Protect surfaces by placing newspapers or a drop cloth around your painting area.
Before you start painting wood paneling, prepare the surface first.
After you have removed all the paint, use sandpaper (220 grit) to sand all the surfaces of the panels (only if the panneling is rough to the tough).
You will see there are cracks, nail holes and other imperfections along the wood grain. You can purchase paintable wood filler in most hardware stores.
After you are done with the first layer, allow it to dry completely for about an hour or two.
Start painting from the top of the panel downwards (not like the photo below 🙂 ) in smooth and even strokes.
Here are instructions if you decide to go this route: – however, be sure to replace their step 4 (Prime the wood paneling) with my wallpaper liner trick.
You don’t need to prime and you’ll get way better results.
Place newspapers or a drop cloth on the floor where you will be working.
Place masking tape along the area of the wall or area of the area of the furniture that you do not want to be painted.
The secret is to use a wallpaper liner (like this) first.