Wood paneling update options

Old 05-28-05, 06:46 AM
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Wood paneling update options

We have a 1969 vintage trailer in top condition with oak veneer wood paneling throughout. I really like it - however our furniture is that new blond stuff that is popular. Any way to "bleach" or lighten the existing veneer to make it a little lighter?

I thought about painting over, but on HGTV they said paint will peel off. Now I'm thinking of mixing a copper glaze with some mild stripper and wiping on to dull the acrylic finish and bond some copper mica at the same time. What do you think?

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Old 05-30-05, 06:21 AM
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It is a lot harder to lighten up wood than it is to darken it. You would probably need to strip it and refinish. I don't know how well paneling strips since it is only a thin veneer. If you decide to strip and redo I would advise doing a closet first to make sure you will be able to get the look you want and not harm the panelling.
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Why not paint the paneling to give your home an updated look. Light paint on the walls will make rooms look larger and will brighten things up a bit.

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