Paint Over Wood Paneling

There are many good reasons to paint over wood paneling. Getting that dark 70’s wood paneling up to date is on many people’s minds now.

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Painting the paneling a lighter color will give a small room a larger feel and can add value to your house if you plan on selling any time soon. Painting the paneling will also make it possible to upgrade your furnishings to a more modern style. Priming dark wood with a light colored primer will also cut down on the number of coats of paint it takes to hide the grains in the wood.

Painting over wood paneling can be a very simple process and if you take the time to prep the wood correctly it will last for years. Most paneling has a slick surface and paint has a hard time sticking to it if not primed or sanded first. For best results lightly sand the wall with a fine grit sandpaper or sanding sponge before applying a good quality primer to make the paint adhere properly.

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The seams and grooves in wood paneling can make it hard to paint with a roller. You should first use a paint brush to fill the grooves and then go back over with a roller to get even paint coverage.

Painting those walls will go a long way toward brightening up your house and can be one of the most cost effective upgrades to make to your home.