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DIY Home Repair Hack: Easily Paint Over Wood Paneling

September 20, 2020

I've lived in my house for ten 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!

You Can Easily Paint Over Wood Paneling

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 had 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  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 my 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 it's like a super mirror finish – but most are not).  Also, this can be done in only 2 coats total, including the primer!

What You Need:

The key to making this work is in the types of products that you use.  Here's what you will need:

  • High-quality latex paint.  I used to buy bargain paint, and sometimes if I was in a really crazy mood, I bought the “middle-of-the-road” paint.  Then one day I came home from Lowes with a gallon of the Valspar Signature Series paint, I was not happy with the cost.  But then I tried it.  Literally ONE nice & even coat is all it took.  That stuff is great.  I don't know about you, but I'd gladly pay an extra $10 or $15 to NOT have to paint a room twice!  (note that certain colors cover differently, so you might need more than one coat regardless of what paint you choose)

I've used this method to easily paint over the wood paneling in three of my rooms with fantastic results.  If you take a look at the walls in our back toy room, this is how I painted those as well.

Here Are The Steps On How To Easily Paint Wood Paneling:

  1. Paint on two coats of a high-quality oil-based primer, letting each coat dry once applied.
  2. Once the second coat of primer is dry, coat walls with one coat of High-Quality Latex Paint and let dry. Apply another coat if needed.

There have been a few more home improvements we've done since we moved into our house – here are some of my favorites:

How to finish your furniture with milk paint

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.

We renovated our attic to turn into an office space, but we now have our own office out of the home. Our attic is now a playroom for the kids and a spare bedroom for guests.

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.

The post DIY Home Repair Hack: Easily Paint Over Wood Paneling appeared first on Lauren Greutman.

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