Wood paneling in home design has become a thing of the past. It has been widely replaced with drywall because drywall is easily painted, maintained and repaired. Painting wood paneling, however, is not a difficult task either. In fact, it is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of modernizing outdated walls. With the right preparation, painting wood paneling can be a do-it-yourself job.
In order for paint to stick to wood-paneled walls, proper preparation is vital. Cleaning the walls is the first preparatory step in painting wood paneling. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the walls thoroughly and use spackling to fill up any holes. Sand the areas you spackled with a fine-grit sandpaper. Use a sander pole to rub all over the walls removing any finish that may be on the surface of the wood paneling. Sand the trim as well. Use caulking to fill in crevices between the trim and paneling.
To protect your flooring, it is important to put down drop cloths. Use painter's tape to adhere drop cloths to trim. Drop cloths and painter's tape can be purchased at any home improvement store. While shopping for drop cloths and tape, also purchase paint rollers and paint. Purchase a medium nap roller and a latex primer with stain-blocking technology.
Using your paint roller, apply one coat of latex primer to the wood-paneled walls. Allow it to dry before applying paint. More than likely, you will need to apply at least two coats of paint for full coverage. Remember that light paint colors will make the room appear larger. Dark paint colors will make the room feel more enclosed.