The Easy Way To Paint Paneling
Posted By
Lindsay Eidahl
Friday, June 23, 2017

Project Steps


Hello! It is Lindsay from My Creative Days back today to share a project that blew me away! I had no idea this was possible and I thought if I thought that, then there are probably more people out there that didn't know it either. We have done a gazillion DIY projects over the years and any time I learn something new or find a tip that will help other people, I want to shout it from the mountaintops. We discovered the The Easy Way To Paint Paneling and I am going to show you how.

Let me give you a little background about how this project came about.

My husband and I have wanted to tackle a flip house for some time. After a few months of searching, we closed on our first flip house a couple of weeks ago! We have learned so much throughout all the DIY projects we have done with our own home that we are ready to use that knowledge in our first flip.

One of the biggest rooms I want to transform in the flip is the family room in the basement. The carpet is good, but the walls in the entire space is covered with sheets of cheap paneling.

Step 1

I knew it could be a fun space for a family, but the paneling made it so dark and depressing that no one would really want to spend much time down there. We had to change it. Before we closed on the house, we went back and forth about what we could do to change the paneling and still stay on our tight budget. We were thinking we would have to drywall the basement and that was going to make a huge dent in our budget. I was just planning on making changes to other things we wanted to do to make up for the drywall cost. Then, I did a Facebook Live video to share a tour of the flip house. During that video, people were telling me to paint the paneling. The paneling is not real wood (except by the stairs and the bar) so I didn't think you would paint it at all. Then, more and more people were telling me they have done it. We had nothing to lose. We had to give it a try.

Step 2

We rolled up all the carpet and had all the ceiling tiles removed because we are replacing them. We covered the outlets and brought out our HomeRight Heavy Duty Paint Sprayer. Since there is paneling everywhere and we didn't have to be "careful" about where the paint landed, spraying it was going to be the way to go. We washed all of the walls and bought many cans of primer. Here goes nothing! We oiled the sprayer.

Paneling before painting

Step 3

We strained the primer as it went into the bowl of the sprayer.                                                                                                                    

Step 4

Then, we mixed the primer really well.                                                                                                                                                         

Step 5

Finally, it was time to spray!                                                                                                                                                                     

Step 6

LOOK AT THE PANELING HOLDING THE PAINT!                                                                                                                                  

Step 7

I shared an Instagram Story of the spraying process. It went on so well and the coverage was GREAT! We couldn’t believe it!                

Painted Paneling

Step 8

When we were going back and forth about different ways to change the paneling in the basement, I said maybe we can do the faux ship lap like we did in our home. That was going to be cheaper than drywall, but a lot more work. When I saw the primer on the paneling, I told my husband it looks like vertical ship lap! We got the same look with less work and less cost! #winning

Step 9

After we sprayed two coats of primer, we waited for it to dry. Then, we came back with a very light gray/white color on the walls. We used the HomeRight Paintstick to roll on the color. There was so much paneling and my husband wanted to roll the color on the walls. The roller worked great on the paneling as well.

Step 10

I will never look at paneling in the same way. I would recommend to anyone who wants to change it, to paint it. This family room is a new space! We have big plans for built-ins in that room and there is a great spot for a giant chalkboard. This basement family room is going to be one of the selling features for the flip house now.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are so excited for the process!

I would love to have you follow along with our first flip. I will post updates on my blog and also on Facebook and Instagram!

Have you ever painted paneling?

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