Updating older dark paneled house

Nothing screams the 1970s like a room covered in wood paneling.Even if you love the look of wood, paneling across an entire wall or around a whole room can feel overwhelming and dated.A faux finish is an ideal way to add texture to a surface with paint.It can help disguise the look of your paneling's grooves or seams, and disguise damaged spots in older or worn paneling.Wallpaper is another option for updating the look of your paneled walls.You can add an interesting pattern or rich color to give the entire room an entirely new look.Sponging is one of the easiest faux finish techniques to master because it simply involves using a damp sponge to apply paint to your wall.

A smooth wall fits well with sleek, modern decor, while leaving the grooves visible works well for shabby chic or French country styles.

Lightly sand the surface or use a chemical de-glosser to give the paint a roughened surface to grip.

Clean the wall with a damp rag to remove any dust before painting.

Of course, you have to paint it afterward, but that allows you to customize the look of the walls so they work with the rest of the room's decor.

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001.

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