If retro isn't your decorating style, the good news is--you won't have to remove the paneling; it can be painted. If you are nervous about how your paneling will look, pick an inconspicuous spot and do a test patch. Paint it on just like a normal wall, masking off the ceiling, trim and baseboards.
So choose your paint color, then follow these tips and painting techniques for a brighter, more updated room. The first thing you need to do is to decide if you really want to paint your paneling. If you don't think paint will last, then don't do it. After the walls have dried sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. After sanding, wipe the dust away with a damp cloth. Cut in the edges with a brush, and roll on the primer using a 3/8-inch roller cover. Now paint the paneling with an interior latex paint.
The bookcases flanking the fireplace are painted in an off-white with a peachy undertone (hard to tell in this photo, but it’s peachy), and the backs are painted cinnamon.
The rest of the trim in the room is stained with the same blue stain that is on the wood paneling. I decided that all the stained trim should be painted white (around all the 4 openings into the room), as well as the currently peachy-white bookcases.
If the paneling is the thin plywood variety that was popular in the 1970s, you have a few more options: You’d be surprised how far a nice, light paint color can go in updating the look of wall paneling.
If your paneling flexes or gives when you push on it, painting is probably your only solution, since filling the grooves will tend to pop loose over time.
” But since the room feels a little heavy, she wonders if she should paint her 2-story brick fireplace. Upon inspection, I see that her fireplace brick is quite fabulous – very nice red, not a hint of orange.
She felt she might be ready to take the plunge and paint it – if I thought it would improve the space.
Her paneling is much darker (and more blue) than this photo, but it is still in the family of this look: So I say, “Don’t paint the paneling.
You’re on the front end of a trend that will last for at least 7 more years!
To paint plywood paneling: If the plywood paneling is rigid and doesn’t flex when you push on it, you may be able to fill in the grooves with drywall joint compound before painting to give a smooth surface.
Follow these steps to resurface plywood paneling: If you’ve come to the conclusion that all that filling and sanding is a lot of work, you may want to skip redoing the paneling in favor of a permanent fix.
Here's a little painting technique trick: after you roll a small section, use a wide paint brush (4 inch) and go over the section from ceiling to floor in long strokes.