Updating older dark paneled house
I need to give a shout out to my interior design friend Emily, who gets constant texts and phone calls from me making sure that the decisions we’re making aren’t crazytown. Except that she wants me to paint the whole room green.
I’m still suffering from PTSD from this paint job, so we’ve gotta give that suggestion some time to percolate.
Also, there is little work that needs to be done on the house, which has alleviated a lot of stress.If the paneling is the thin plywood variety that was popular in the 1970s, you have a few more options: You’d be surprised how far a nice, light paint color can go in updating the look of wall paneling.If your paneling flexes or gives when you push on it, painting is probably your only solution, since filling the grooves will tend to pop loose over time.A: Q: My living room walls are now covered with dark, grooved wood paneling.
Is it possible to fill in the grooves so I can paint or wallpaper over it? Tom Silva replies: Yes, it is possible, as long as the paneling isn't solid wood, which shrinks and swells too much for any filler to work.
Honestly, I’m just not made for doing lots of renovations.