Paneling was once a must-have wallcovering. Though it has been out of style for decades, it still graces the walls of many homes. Removing it is one option but this project is time-consuming, messy, and involved. Instead, turn paneling into a focal point by pickling it. This brightens the room and creates a relaxed and aged look.
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Step 1: Remove furniture, fixtures, and decorations from the work area. Cover a fireplace, baseboard, and other permanent items with a drop cloth and use painter’s tape to secure it. Cover the floor with drop cloths to make cleanup easier.
Step 2: Put on the dust mask. Remove the finish from the wall by sanding it with a palm sander featuring 100-grit sandpaper. Remove only the top layer, being careful not to sand past the artificial grain, which is only a few millimeters thick. Work from panel to panel, going with the grain so the sanding marks are hidden. Once an area is sanded, it will appear duller and lighter.
Step 3: Use clean, damp rags to wipe sanding dust off the paneling and open pores in the wood.
Step 4: Pour the paint into the bucket and add water to achieve the desired tone, which should be the consistency of a half-and-half dairy product. The paint to water ratio depends on the brand of paint used.
Step 5: Use the paint roller to apply a base coat to the paneling. This thinned paint should dry quickly.
Step 6: Once paint has dried, dip a clean rag into the bucket and rub this on the paneling. Spread the new paint and basecoat as deeply as possible into the wood pores and grain. Coverage will not be even but that creates the pickled appearance.
Step 7: After the walls have dried, clean up the room and replace the furniture, fixtures, and decorations. It should take only one day to pickle the paneling in a room.