How To Paint Faux Wood Paneling or Fake Wood

In the 70’s, there was this trend of using Faux Wood Paneling to cover walls.
I grew up calling it “trailer paneling” but regardless of it’s correct name,
it’s a thin panel of compressed waste, made to look like real wood.
Good IdeasIt resembles this picture.
Anyways, I have been redoing some things in our current home, and one of those things is painting the walls.
I could invest a few hundred dollars and replace the paneling with dry wall, but for now, I chose to go the less expensive route and just paint over the walls.
However, painting over faux wood paneling requires a few more steps than painting a typical wall.
Sanding Fake Wood WallsThis room was only covered on the lower half of the wall with paneling
and the upper half  of the wall had 4 layers of wallpaper on them.
So my first step was to strip the wallpaper off.
That was a super tedious job, but so worth it in the end.
Then, I used an extension arm and sand paper to sand down the walls.
I did this to get rid of the super slick and shiny surface.
It was really just to ensure that the paint would stick and not peel off.
Good IdeasI then caulked every crack, seam, and then along the edges of the trim.
This was to ensure a proper seal of the room.
Our home is over 100 years old, so who knows what is behind the paneling.
It really just helped me feel safer, less likely that spiders will come visit!
Priming Faux Wood PanelingNext, I primed the faux wood paneling.
Since the wood is so dark, it really helped cover that up.
After the wood is primed, I was ready to paint.
I actually had my husband do me a HUGE favor
and re-mud the upper walls where the wallpaper used to be.
You can see that in the above picture.Paint Fake Wood
I painted the top a dusty sand color (it’s really just a shade of tan,)
and then the bottom half was painted a vintage white.
I have more I am doing to the upper part of the wall, but for now, this pic works.
I love the way it turned out!

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