Old Wood Paneling, HELP!

Old 09-08-05, 07:26 AM
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Old Wood Paneling, HELP!

Im in the midst of buying my first home and many of the houses i can afford have that old wood paneling (yuk) I dont really want to paint over it , i want it GONE. What is usually behind it, dry wall? What i do i need to make it a "normal" wall again?

Thanks in advance,

Old 09-13-05, 04:56 AM
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There is nothing behind the paneling. That's why it's there. Paneling is cheaper than drywall. I would remove the paneling and install drywall if that's the look you're going for.
Old 09-13-05, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by spiedee
What is usually behind it, dry wall?
It all depends. If the paneling is from original construction it is likely there is nothing behind it. If the paneling was added at a later date it probably has drywall or plaster behind it. Of course there is a good chance the paneling was added to hide defects in the wall.
Old 09-13-05, 07:30 AM
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its awful , i see so many houses from the 20-30's with wood panel...so bad.
Old 09-28-05, 07:00 AM
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I had a family room with the same problem. There was nothing behind the paneling. I solved the issue by texturing over the paneling with drywall compound. It's fairly cheap material, $10.00 for a 5lb bucket. I needed just over four. I love the room now and it hasn't cracked or come off at all.
Just a thought for you.
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Sharon's right..

I had almost forgotten.... I did the same thing with a portion of paneling in an old kitchen...Worked out great. and has lasted 6 years so far.....
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My BF and i just redid our huge living room by covering the paneling with compound, and it looks great. It was a difficult task thou, we hurt for three days. But worth every minute!

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