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I've lived in my house for five years now, and was always nervous to paint the paneling in my dining room. After a lot of research I realized how to easily paint over wood paneling, and I want to share my tips with you!
When we bought our house in 2010, there was A LOT of wood paneling… the foyer, the kitchen, the dining room and another room downstairs. Needless to say, I've have to paint over wood paneling quite a bit in my house and have tried several methods. The method that I've found works best is actually the easiest as well!
And the picture above is the FINAL paneled wall in our house finally covered with paint! This wall is part of a DIY series where Lauren and I are (slowly) redecorating our dining room.
Here's how it looked before painting. As far as wood paneling goes, it could be a lot worse, but it's definitely not our style.
Contrary to many popular methods that you might have found on the internet, you do NOT need to sand or de-gloss the paneling (unless its like a super mirror finish – but most are not). Also, this can be done in only 2 coats total, including the primer!
The key to making this work is in the types of products that you use. Here's what you will need:
I've painted 3 of my rooms using this method with fantastic results. If you take a look at the walls in our back toy room, this is how I painted those as well.
There have been a few more home improvements we've done since we moved into our house – here are some of my favorites:
My DIY Bed Canopy Tutorial
Not only did we discover how to save money by learning how to easily paint over wood pending but we also learned to save money by painting our old house.
Home Repairs don't have to be costly, so do some research and find some great deals on how to upgrade your house without spending much out of your own pocket.