Need ideas for wood paneling in living room
May 11, 2014 in Design Dilemma
So I am moving into a new house and the living room has all of the walls covered with the 70's wood paneling. I am looking for ideas on what I can do to lighten up the room ie paint it or add chair rail and just paint the top.
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Brandi Nash Hicks
Paint it all ,no chair rail
May 12, 2014 at 5:09PM     
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General Stone Management
Not sure about the paneling, but putting some stone on that fireplace would be a certain second... ;-) Good luck with it, and enjoy!
May 12, 2014 at 5:17PM   
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paint it.
May 12, 2014 at 6:15PM   
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Lampert Dias Architects, Inc.
Paint the all of the wood white.............You will be very happy with the results.
May 12, 2014 at 7:11PM   
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Tear it off and put up fresh sheetrock you can paint. I could not live with that paneling...especially painted.
May 12, 2014 at 7:16PM   
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We had similar paneling in our ca. 1972 home. The adhesive was extremely strong, we could not pull the paneling down without leaving holes in the sheetrock. then to top it all off, testing showed that the adhesive and the drywall "mud" both contained asbestos! Removing the paneling would have been a major abatement job. We left the asbestos contained behind the paneling, sanded the plastic faux wood grain off, and painted it. It looks SO much better.
May 12, 2014 at 7:26PM   
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Gretchen Maurer
for sure paint but check for smoke.....wash the paneling and see if any smoke stain is present, that bleeds terribly..... once it is painted and you get on with life you'll forget it is even paneled......make it yours!!!
August 31, 2014 at 5:50PM   
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Zinser makes a good primer that will allow you to paint this without sanding - you'll use 2 coats. Caulk/compound edges, nail holes and knots, and cover w a flat paint. I find this looks best if the baseboards are the same colour as the walls. You'll be left with more of a lake house/cottage feel, so keep that in mind as you choose your colours.
August 31, 2014 at 6:02PM   
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Rip it off!!!
August 31, 2014 at 6:33PM   
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