Cover Ugly Old Wood Paneling: Decorating Tricks and Tips

EASY IDEAS TO UPDATE OLD WOOD PANELING

There are several choices one can do that will create a new, up to date, décor that will not break the bank. Make sure that the paneling is firmly attached to the walls before beginning the updated look; you do not want your efforts to be in vain if the panels start falling off the walls. Have fun and be creative.

  • Paint — The obvious is to simply paint the paneling. Remember that it is important to sand and prime the paneling before paint is applied.
  • Wall liners — There are wall liners that are specifically made to be applied over imperfect walls and paneling in order to have a smooth surface to paint or wall cover. Cavalier wall liner is a heavy duty non-woven wall liner (also known as bridging material) that is paintable, covers wall imperfections and textured surfaces, such as brick and paneling.
  • Paintable wall covering — Paintable wallcovering is available in many patterns and textures manufactured to hide cracked walls, old paneling, and cinder block. It is a wall covering that is pre-pasted to simply wet and hang as one would with any wallpaper.
Paintable wall covering is cost-effective, easy to apply, and adds a new beauty element to the decor.

MAKE THE PANELING DISAPPEAR AS IF BY MAGIC

PAPERILLUSION WALLPAPER BY VILLAGE

PaperIllusion is a wonderful product that is easily applied and the end result is a beautiful decor with the disappearance of the paneling. According to the website: “PaperIllusion can be applied over any clean, flat, dry surface. Including walls & doors, ceilings & floors, furniture & fixtures, countertops & cabinets and even sheetrock & paneling!”

Paperillusions is a perfectly easy solution for covering paneling.
  1. Tear specially formulated faux finish wallpaper randomly into irregular shapes.
  2. Dip each piece of this unique faux finish wallpaper into warm water.
  3. Apply the torn wet paper in an overlapping manner to your clean, flat dry surface.

FLEXI-WALL SYSTEMS PRODUCTS

Check out Flexi-wall systems products; Plaster in a Roll and Faster Plaster.

  • “Plaster In A Roll is a one-step wall finish that covers concrete block, old plaster, existing paneling, and more.”
  • “Faster Plaster is a paintable wall covering which covers paneling, ceramic tile, cracked plaster, and new or old gypsum board. It may be finished with paint or another wall covering on top. After installation, it cures to be even stronger than conventional plaster!”

FIBREDECOR DESIGNER WALL COATING

FibreDecor is a designer wall coating that is very easy to apply and is flexible to cover cracks and paneling.

Fibredecor covers wood paneling and cracks with beauty and elegance.
  • FibreDecor Designer Wall Coatings are a great alternative when renovating. The one-step finishes are attractive, durable, cost-effective, and come in a variety of finishes and colors.

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