Wood paneling has now become an outdated wall decorating technique for many people. Still, most of them hesitate to break the paneling in order to get rid of it. Good thing is that you can cover the wood paneling in a way that it would seem like there wasn’t any paneling installed on the wall.
The following guide would certainly be helpful if you want the wood paneling’s look diminished without tearing the wood panels.
Preparing the Wall
- Paneling should be checked for any defects. With defects, the condition of panels might worsen while they would be covered. If the defect is a major one, you might need to tear down the panels. Nevertheless, small defects would need to be rectified.
- There is no need to fill the grooves in the panels. Filling might start cracking with time.
- There are two options that you can take into consideration for covering the wood paneling; using the wall liner or painting the panels.
Painting the Wall Paneling
- Before starting with the process of painting the panels, remove all the items including furniture and rugs from the place near panels. Cover the floor with a drop cloth.
- If the panels are finished, remove the finishing with the help of sandpaper. Sanding may generate dust particles that would make breathing difficult. Use the mask to avoid this trouble.
- Apply primer with the help of paint brush. You can also use the paint roller for that purpose.
- The grooves in wood paneling would need to be filled. Joint compound is the appropriate item you can use for filling the paneling’s grooves.
- If there are holes and cracks in the paneling, fill them with spackle. Joint compound can also be used in this regard.
- Use the roller to give at least two coats of paint layer. Painting with roller is relatively easier but it can leave textures. Nevertheless, you can get rid of these textures by sponging.
Using a Wall Liner
- To cover the paneling with a liner, first you will need to prepare the paneling. It’s simple because you will need just the cleaning of it. Use a rag or sponge for that purpose. However, you might need to use sandpaper if paneling has been stained.
- Measure the size of walls and cut the liners according to that size. Make sure that you are cutting liners with 4 inches extra width.
- Paste adhesive with the help of paint brush on one strip and attach the liner. The best way is to get a folded liner. Unfold that liner from one end of the panel, and walk towards the other side while applying the adhesive and unfolding the liner.
- After the panels have been covered, let them dry for 36 – 48 hours.