Tips for painting wood panels
Question: I need to repaint a bedroom that has painted paneling on it, but it looks like the paneling is warped. I cannot afford to replace the paneling at this time. What can I do to cover it up?
Answer: Paint is a brilliant decorating tool, but it won’t fix a warped wall. Whether you rent or own, you should look into what has caused the warping. Is there water or dampness behind the wall? This should be taken care of before any more damage ensues. That being said, there are many ways to decorate these veneer (or plywood) panels that will act as a kind of camouflage as well as build on a particular theme or style. Why not add a chair rail to break up the wall?
Shown here, the upper walls have a base coat of cream white and a darker taupe dry-brushed over the cream to break up the color. The wainscoting started with a rusty red base coat, then was covered with a coat of teal. Once dry, the surface was sanded lightly to reveal some of the red paint underneath.
This gives the impression of wear and tear over time. As a finishing touch, stencils were applied to the upper walls using the panel grooves to line up the designs. The colors and worn-paint techniques complete the room’s heritage folk country theme, perfect for a bedroom or dining room. PAINTING DATED WOOD PANELS
Question: We have a second home in a lakeside community built in the late ’50s with chestnut colored wood paneling in the open living/dining room area. It feels very dated, and we’d like to paint but hesitate because the panels are real wood. Do you have any suggestions for paint, technique and outcome?
Answer: If you are looking to update these rooms, there is no reason to hold back. Two coats of a creamy white paint will look warm and rich as well as lighten the space. You also will discover that the white paint will enhance the molding details on the paneled walls. If the wood panels don’t cover the entire wall and there is space above, then experiment with two finishes. Paint the panels a solid white and choose a shade of paint or a wallpaper design that is on trend for the upper wall. Rustic Country is very popular, showing all tones of gray, nature themes and splashes of strong pastels.
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