Most painting techniques will work well as ideas for painting paneling. Good thing since paneling is by far one of the ugliest wall coverings a person can have in their home.

Paneling does have it's advantages though it's cheaper, easier to apply and has a faster completion time than dry-walling (sheetrocking) or plastering a room.

So, with all the good points paneling has how do we get rid of it's ugliness.

Easy, paint! Virtually any type of wall painting technique can be used for ideas painting paneling.

Color blocking, wall striping, splattering and of course a faux finish will all work well.

Once wallboard or paneling is painted it almost instantly changes from a cheap RV trailer looking space to an elegant room.

Also, your elegant rooms will look even better if the wallboard being painted has a texture to it.


Just throwing on a coat of paint is more than likely not going to give you the desired effect that your looking for. Below you will find detailed instructions for getting those dreary old walls painted.

Prior to beginning your ideas for painting paneling talk to your local paint suppliers regarding the best products, materials and tools for the project at hand.

  • Primer that's made for your type of paneling.
  • Top quality paint
  • Cut can + 2 1/2" sash brush, roller/cover, tray/liners
  • Extension (pole)
  • Drop cloths)
  • Painters tape and plastic
  • Paintable caulking (& gun if needed)
  • Filler (paintable putty or spackle is best)
  • Step ladder
  • Utility knife
  • Small pail of water and cotton rags

Also, be sure your paneling is secured to the wall and ready to paint add an extra nail or two if needed.


Furniture and items easyly removed should be taken out of the room.

Awkward or heavy furniture can be placed in the middle of the room. Cover all floors and other items needing protection with drop cloths, tape, paper and plastic etc.

Your rooms set up! now fill a cut can (1/4 to 1/3 full) along with filling the paint trays reservoir with primer. Then using a utility knife cut off the end of the caulking tube.

Slightly angle the cut on the tube and make the hole in the tubes end small enough to control the caulking yet large enough for the caulking to come out.

The smaller the hole in the tube the better your caulking job will be. Use this caulking link and learn more about the process of caulking. Once you have learned about caulking come on back here for some extra ideas to paint paneling.

Try and stay away from the type of caulking that has a seel inside the tube. Seels are placed in some tubes to keep the caulk from drying out.

Breaking the membrane in the tube by punchering the seal might require cutting to large to of a hole in the tube.

Roll on the primer in the same fashion as you would paint any other walls. Use this link if you need to learn some painting basics then click the back button to return to this page. Also, here is a link for a few wall techniques giving you some ideas for painting your paneling.

After the primer is dry the most important step begins and that step is caulking and filling.

You should now be able see all the dark cracks and holes showing through around the panels seams, moldings, baseboards and nail heads.

For the best result all of the cracks and holes need to be filled. You may think this is a daunting task but it doesn’t take as long as one thinks. If not done properly you will lose that desired elegance your looking for.

Take your time and caulk in short sections. Wipe the excess caulking away with your finger, then wipe your finger with a damp cloth. Caulk the next section.

If you wipe with your finger and large amount of caulking comes off, that means that you are squeezing the gun to hard. Less is more when it comes to caulking.

After the caulk is dry redo any small areas where the caulking has shrunk or been missed. If you have to much caulk on the seam or it doesn’t look right wipe it off with a damp cloth and re-caulk the crack.

Use the filler for holes around the nails and anywhere else you may see them. I find whenever Im using ideas for painting paneling it's best to also caulk repair and paint any moulding or baseboards that might be attached to the paneling.


The process of painting is the same for paneling as it is for walls. If you would like, use the above painting link to help you get your walls coated.


I can't express the importaints of holes and cracks being filled (then refilled if needed). For a quality job, preparation is very important.

Caulk and fill to the best of your ability. Keep in mind that small amounts of caulk and filler along with two or three coats of the filler and caulking is the ideal process to follow.

After the primer, caulk and filler is dry you can implement any type of ideas for painting paneling that one would use on the walls.

With the help of the internet, local book stores and library research as many wall painting techniques as you can find then use those techniques as your ideas for painting paneling.

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