We know first-hand how difficult it can be to hide that wood paneling from the 1970s and 80s. The good news is wood paneling can be painted over – as opposed to going through the trouble of having to replace it. Changing up the color of the wood panels can help you achieve a more updated look as well as adding your own personal style and color to your home in a unique way.
Painting your wood paneling can be easy but without proper planning, it can be a bit trickier than it should be. Fortunately, the experts at Texas Professional Painting are here to walk you through it – step by step!
First make sure the wood paneling that you will be painting is free of any dust, dirt or oil. We suggest using a mild cleaner and water. Use a rag or soft cloth to gently rub the mixture onto the wood panels. Having a clean surface to paint on will make a huge difference in the overall look of the finished paint job.
Once your walls are dry, begin to lightly sand it down, and wipe away any dust left behind. This will take away any gloss or shine from the current wall that could impact the finish of your new paint. Sanding down the walls is not always required unless you have a super mirror finish, which most walls do not. You’ll typically find sanding down the paneling is worth the effort when you are rewarded with a smooth and even painting surface.
Just like painting any other wall, you need to mask off the ceiling, trim and baseboards so they will be protected from any paint. Use painter’s tape to help tape off any surfaces you don’t want to be touched by the new paint. This is also a good time to move any furniture or accessories that may obstruct your painting or that you would not want to risk being accidentally splashed or dripped with paint.
Before painting is to commence, using a primer or using a 2-in-1 paint and primer combination to help ensure that your paint has a nice easy surface to stick to. Using primer will help to take out any imperfections in the wood paneling and will provide a good base for the new paint you have selected. Try to look for stain-blocking paint as this will help keep your walls nice and clear of scuffs and marks and also hide any knots that may show through in the existing wood paneling. Apply at least two thin coats of paint to ensure proper coverage and saturation of the paint. A satin finish will be best for durability. Use a 2-inch angle brush to cut in at the corners. This will be good to get in all the grooves of the wood. For the bigger areas, switch to a paint roller – preferably a foam sponge roller cover. This will help avoid a weird texture on the panels. Lightly sand in between the two coats, and wipe out any excess buildup of paint on the grooves to avoid clumps in the paint.
Voila! Your wooden paneling has a new fresh paint job and you have transformed a room with a fresh new pop of color.
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There are a ton of variables that go into determining how to achieve the perfect finish – things like the existing paint color, the new paint color, the type of paint and much more. Although there might not be just one answer to how many coats of pain you need on your wall, the professionals at Texas Professional Painting want to provide a formula to help determine how many coats are likely needed for whatever your interior painting job.
Primer is a painter’s best friend. By applying primer to your walls before the new color, you are essentially turning your wall into a blank canvas. I know some of you may be thinking, “but that’s just extra coats I have to paint.” Yes and no. While primer may be an extra coat or two, it is preventing you from having to paint coat after coat of your color – and primer helps avoid walls with streaks. So how many coats of primer do you use? Here is your answer:
Once you have primed your walls, now you are ready to consider how much paint you will need. Depending on your paint’s finish and the surface you are painting, even with primer you may need more paint coverage or less. The key to painting perfection is to first paint to achieve the coverage desired and then you can fill in again for the color saturation that you are seeking.
Paint finishes like gloss and satin may require a few more coats to ensure the proper saturation is achieved. Matte with its low luster and shine applies much more smoothly and there is a high likelihood that you will need less paint to get the job done.
The texture of the surface you are painting can matter nearly as much as the paint and primer you ch0oose. If the wall is textured or made of a material like stucco, then you will need more paint to cover the porous nature of the textured walls. Smoother walls will likely require fewer coats to cover the space and will be easier to achieve the correct level of color saturation.
As you can see, the workload involved in your next painting project depends on your current paint color, the wall texture and even the paint itself. Once you are all primed up, it should typically take one coat of the new paint color to achieve the flawless finish you are looking for, as long as you are using quality paint.
For more information about achieving an even finish for your next painting project, call Texas Professional Painters!
Accent walls are more than a trend when it comes to decorating your home. An accent wall can include a different color, shade, design or material than the other walls in the room. With thousands of options to choose from, you can add a personal touch into any room in your home.
Before looking through the many options to choose from, it is very important to choose the right wall in your room. If your room does not have an architectural feature like a slanted wall or one that is different already, you could benefit from an accent wall. Choosing the right wall in your room should be your first decision.
Accent walls are meant to stand out and embellish your room. Do not let a bold color intimidate you – it could be the perfect touch to the area. As long as the bold color goes well with the room, you can choose whatever you want. The paint color that you choose can be powerful and create the mood of the room.
Keep in mind that there are many specialty paints to choose from, such as chalkboard or metallic paint. With this many options, you can easily bring your ideas to life. A fun touch is using chalkboard paint to create a chalkboard wall. This idea is perfect for a kids playroom or even a kitchen wall. Magnetic paint is a fun idea to add along with the chalkboard wall. The ideas are endless when it comes to specialty paints.
A patterned accent wall is not limited to only paint. There are many textile options to create a pattern onto your wall, such as wooden wall paneling, stickers, shelving, tiles, etc. Patterns create a fun, personal touch, so think outside of the box! A pattern works well with a simple or busy room. Don’t shy away from a pattern!
Creating a textured accent wall will catch everyone’s eye. A wood edge or stone wall is a great idea to bring texture into your room. Adding a brick accent wall is a very popular option, as well. You can go many different ways with texture and create exactly what you want. Your home painting ideas are endless.
If you are looking to add a bold pop of color or wanting to add a dramatic textured, patterned wall, the professional painters at Texas Professional Painting can help you achieve your accent wall goals. We will work with you from concept to completion. Contact us today to get started!
There are, however, some simple features you can add to your walls to increase the value of your home and make it pop.
Crown molding is made out of a decorative molding and installed at the top of an interior wall. It makes the wall have more dimension and appear more high-end. Crown molding can also go on the tops of doors and will slightly protrude out.
Adding trim to doorways or hallways will help make the area appear more upgraded. A simple, white trim around the walkway will upscale any area.
This may sound like it’s going to be difficult to achieve yourself and that a professional would need to be hired – but it’s not! It is a simple D-I-Y project that anyone can handle. You can find several tutorials on YouTube or the web.
There are multiple types of finishes for paint on walls. Different finishes are used in different areas of the home. For instance, gloss finish will hold up better on walls that are frequently touched or that you go near often.
This type of paint finish will last longer than others, such as eggshell. One downside of a gloss finish is that it doesn’t hide imperfections well. The good news is it is very simple to touch up.
Textured walls and ceilings are also a great way to make an area more up to date. Ceilings can be textured easily with the use of a paint roller, although it can be very messy.
Wainscoting is a popular decorative wall trim used to add texture to an ordinary wall and to make it appear more appealing to the eye. The height can vary depending on the look you are going for.
By adding these simple options to your doorways and walls, your area will start to feel more like a home. If you need help with a paint job in your home, give Texas Professional Painting a call!