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?
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