08:57AM | 05/25/04
Member Since: 05/24/04
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I bought a house. It is a small house on a slab, about 50 years old. The prior owner maintained the major mechanics very well, but not so well on interior design. The house has wood panelling - ugly but in good shape for panelling, i.e. no buckling - never painted or ruined by use. It also has yellowing ceiling tile.

Can I paint the ceiling tile and the panelling? If so, what techniques would be good to use to lighten eveything up and for not spending a fortune on it?

Finally, I thing the house smells very stale, propably from years of smoking by its former occupants - but not recently. So the smell is more of a stale-closed-up-house smell - not a smoking smell. I am having the carpet cleaned. If the carpet cleaning does not eliminate the smell, do you have other suggestions for this? Would the painting of the panelling and/or ceiling tile do the trick?


04:56PM | 05/25/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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I would prime the walls and ceiling with Zinsser BIN which is a pigmented shellac. This will hold back the stains that are on the walls and ceiling and may even help with the odor. then you can apply the latex finish paint of your choice over the primer.


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