Simple Ways to Breath New Life Into Your Wood Paneling 

Wood paneling was a popular home trend starting in the 1950s and continuing into the 1970s. During this time, many homes featured wood paneling on walls and doors of living rooms, dens, and basements. While the retro trend certainly caught on back in the day, bringing wood paneling into the twenty-first century may be a more desirable option. 

So how does one do that? We’re sharing some simple ways to breathe new life into your home’s wood paneling and take your space from dated and dingy to bright and fresh. 

Paint vs. Construction 

Removing wood paneling can be a scary task. It may be hard to know where to start and can damage the walls underneath if done incorrectly, resulting in extensive repair bills. While new construction may be the best choice for some, we encourage homeowners to try their hand (or hire a professional like Todd A Hess Painting!) at transforming the paneling with a new coat of paint. 

Wood paneling can be far more versatile than many homeowners initially think. A fresh coat of paint can transform an old-fashioned space into a room you see featured on your favorite HGTV special. With various colors and painting techniques to fit your style, painting the wood paneling versus tearing it out can save you time, money, and a lot of headaches. 

Easy Updates To Try

Since everyone’s home is different, the wood paneling in your space may be concentrated in one room or carried throughout many areas of your home. The wood panels themselves can also differ from veneer panels to individually-cut boards.

Step 1: Choose a color scheme

Whether you’re painting one wood panel or many, choosing a color scheme to stick with is important. You’ll want to pick a color that fits both your style and previously existing aspects of your home. While white is often a popular choice, you can assess your space and find the right color for your home. 

Step 2: Consider your style 

How would you describe your home’s style? Maybe you gravitate towards cottage or farmhouse vibes. Or perhaps you have a more boho feel throughout. Whatever your style (and the style of your home), be sure to consider how your paint choice will look with the rest of your decor. 

Step 3: Get to painting or consult with a professional

If you’ve chosen your color and are ready to get to work, dive right in! For those who aren’t as confident in their own painting abilities, feel free to reach out to a team like ours. 

A professional interior home painting service will take the appropriate steps necessary to protect your home. At Todd A Hess Painting, we know the do’s and dont’s of painting wood panels and will handle all of the project details for you. Are you ready to transform your home’s wood paneling


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