Two years ago, we moved into this house and from the minute we stepped foot inside, I knew I was going to have to paint the paneling in the living room. I gave my husband plenty of notice of this ginormous project and he just nodded and smiled, probably thinking that I’d never get around to it.
(Oh yeah, having a baby, living life, other gigantic projects…yada yada)
Here’s a basic rundown of how we did it: first, I used a sander/deglosser and, working in sections, I applied the sander/deglosser quickly followed by a coat of primer (we used Zinsser 123 water based primer). This took forever since I could only work in sections because the sander/deglosser had about a 10 minute window for me to work in. After I got the first coat of primer, I followed up with a second coat of primer.
Then I painted all the trim around the doors and windows, as well as the crown moulding and the beams on the ceiling, with two coats of paint (Benjamin Moore’s Advance Satin paint in White Dove). After that dried, I started painting the paneling (Benjamin Moore’s Advance Satin paint in Moonshine). This also took two coats. Quick side note: I LOVE this paint. It is self-leveling and covers a lot of space. It is an amazing paint, especially if you’re painting over wood.
Once everything was painted and dried, we re-attached all the cabinet doors, re-installed cabinet shelves and re-hung all the wall art, etc. All in all, it took a good three weeks of hard work during naps, at night and on weekends.
It was definitely the biggest painting project we’ve taken on, but it was SO WORTH IT! The room is now so light and bright and I don’t feel like I’m living in a cave anymore. If you have wood paneling and have been trying to decide whether to paint it, I encourage you to just do it! You won’t regret it!