Updating paneling

It’s enviable when I’m staging homes, that every once in a while, I’m going to come across a room, usually a family room or a basement, that has dated dark old wood paneling. NOT only does wood paneling date a house it devalues the home as well.

Sure, you probably will find a potential home buyer that would be willing to take it on and put in an offer, but be warned that they are taking $$ off their offer to compensate for the work that awaits them.

Nothing screams the 1970s like a room covered in wood paneling.

Even if you love the look of wood, paneling across an entire wall or around a whole room can feel overwhelming and dated.

Dark wood wall paneling sure had its heyday, and it surely is over!

Wall paneling can be tricky to update, and whether you can resurface it by filling in the grooves depends on if your paneling is solid wood or plywood.

To give solid wood paneling a new look, either lightly sand and paint the wood or remove the boards and replace with drywall.

If the paneling is knotty pine, be sure to use a stain blocking, oil or shellac based primer to help prevent the resin in the wood from bleeding through the paint.

A smooth wall fits well with sleek, modern decor, while leaving the grooves visible works well for shabby chic or French country styles.If your paneling has vertical grooves, you can even use two colors and paint stripes in the grooves for a truly eye-catching look.If both the color and texture of your paneled walls is an issue, you can still use paint to update their look -- you just need to be more creative about how you apply it.Painting the walls is the fastest and most economical way of updating the look of wood paneling.Whether the paneling is wood or veneer, it’s an easy fix and will give your walls a fresh updated look.

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