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brockettbridge

12:40PM | 10/02/06
Member Since: 10/01/06
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I have very dark heavilly grooved paneling in my dining room. What can I do to brighten up the room without the room having the look of painted paneling.

5slb6

02:25AM | 10/03/06
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Painting is the only way i know of to lighten up paneling.

fugazi48

08:33AM | 10/03/06
Member Since: 03/08/06
192 lifetime posts
Drywall is pretty bright, but a big job.

In my house, they had paneling up half of the walls to the chair rail. I removed all of that plus the wallpaper. It was a lot of work but worth it. People don't want to buy a task, they like finished, low maintenance rooms. (unless they are looking to build sweat equitly like myself).

Drywall is also more fire resistant.

Painting is possible, try some liquid sandpaper or deglosser before your primer, your paint will stick better. Expect some scratches and nicks over time if you use latex.
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