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Decorating Wood Paneling – Quick & Easy

May 18th, 2007 · 11 Comments ·

Decorating Wood PanelingAre you a victim of 1970s dark wood wall paneling? Does the thought of confronting it fill you with dread and leave you uninspired? Do you seek relief from this outdated decor?

I too, am a victim of wood paneling. Plagued with four rooms of this stuff, I know how you feel.

Discover how easy decorating wood paneling can be!

But first, your choices…

Removing vs. Covering Wood Wall Paneling

The problem with removing it is not knowing what’s underneath. If you’re lucky, the underlying walls may just need some minor repairs.

However, the paneling may cover up seriously damaged walls or an unfavorable material such as cracked plaster or unfinished drywall, causing an even greater problem.

Unless prepared to start completely over, tearing it down is not an option.

Covering it up makes more sense and it doesn’t have to be the elaborate chore you might expect.

How to Cover Wood Paneling

Given all the prep work necessary for a flawless finish, neither paint nor wallpaper are considered “quick and easy”. Here’s why…

With paint, you’ll need to spackle and sand to fill in the grooves. It’s not that difficult, but it is rather time consuming and dusty.

Regardless if you keep the grooved effect, you’ll still need to be prepared for the multiple coats, noxious fumes, and inevitable mess that painting indoors brings.

With traditional wallpaper, provided the grooves are small enough, you can hang a heavy duty wall liner before applying your wallpaper. These liners are a required wall covering for wood paneling using traditional wallpaper.

Besides the time it takes to choose a pattern, you’ll need accuracy in measuring, cutting and matching it just right.

This requires some thinking and coordination…especially if you have windows, doors and cabinetry to work around.

So what’s the “quick and easy solution”?

What If…

What if covering wood wall paneling grooves didn’t require spackle and sandpaper or heavy duty liners, and…

there were no fumes or multiple applications, and very little mess involved, and…

it was safe and easy enough to work around children…


it could be completed in ONE DAY?


Wash and rinse the walls the night before, apply a primer/sealer the next morning, run a few errands, eat lunch at your leisure, apply your quick and easy paneling nightmare solution in the afternoon, and entertain guests in your newly decorated room that night!

Too good to be true?


Introducing PaperIllusion® by Village. This product is a perfect wall covering for wood wall paneling. It bridges the gap created by the grooves and delivers an amazing faux finish result.

Unlike regular wallpaper, you tear this paper into pieces, dip it in water and apply it randomly to the surface.

You hang this directly on the paneling after washing and priming it without using a wall liner.

No need to wait to “book” strips or apply glue. This paper is pre-pasted with a special formula allowing the paper to adhere to itself.

It is SO easy to install…there’s no measuring, cutting or matching required.

Seriously, you just tear it into pieces, dip it in water, and apply it to your primed paneling.

And the results are stunning.

Plus, it creates a true texture, not just a picture of texture.

If a faux finish effect appeals to you, check out this PaperIllusion® product by Village. Even if you’ve never considered “faux finish”, take a look at this solution…it truly is quick and easy, odor-free, long lasting, enjoyable to work with and achieves a beautiful result.

Finally your wood paneling nightmares are over…See for yourself!

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11 responses so far ↓

  • Damaged Surfaces Easily Overcome with PaperIllusion // May 31, 2007 at 12:06 pm

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  • Sharon // Mar 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I primed and painted my wood paneling. Do I need to apply anything else to my walls before I put on the paper illusions that I purchsed. I want to make sure if will come off the walls when I want to change colors etc.

  • Sharon // Mar 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    How do you figure how much paper you need when you are over lapping the paper? I am thinking about my counter top.

  • Carrie Wigal // Mar 30, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Sharon,

    You need to prime the surface with a wallpaper primer before applying the Paper Illusions. As far as how to figure, it’s really hard to say because it depends on how much overlapping you do. The manufacturer has stated 85 sq ft of paper (1 box) should do 75 sq ft of wall coverage, but if you’re not paying attention and you get overlap-happy (as I like to call it), then you end up needing more.

  • Sharon // Mar 30, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I am a novice I havn’ent ever wall papered before. Can I get the primer at a home improvment store like Lowes? Do I just roll it on with a paint roller ? How long do I have to let the primer dry before I put on the paper illusions?
    If you put the paper illusions on your counter top. What is the best product to use to make it water proof and washable since it is paper?
    Sorry I have lots of questions. before my order gets here and I start my wall paper project.
    Thanks for your help.

  • Sharon // Mar 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Sorry more questions. Is better over lap allot? Is less better?

  • Carrie Wigal // Mar 31, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Yes, you can get wallpaper primer at most hardware/home improvement stores. You can brush/roll it on just like paint. Just follow the directions on the can. The primer should be completely dry before applying the paper.

    As for the counters, you’ll want to use several coats of a polycryllic/polyurethane. See what others have done on this site, by searching on counter tops and reading how others have done their projects and what products they used.

  • Carrie Wigal // Mar 31, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I wouldn’t recommend overlapping too much because it will build up the surface.

  • Sharon // Mar 31, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks Carrie you are so helpful. Can’t wait for my order to get here.

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