How to lighten wood paneling without painting. I have a family room w very dark solid wood paneling which is in very good shape. Wood paneling can make a room feel a little chaotic not to mention dark musty and reminiscent of the 70s but it can also be seriously stylish when done right. If you have too much wood in a room however and you dont offset the dark earthy. Wood walls add coziness to any room partly because wood is a natural material and partly because its dark.
However we also wanted to learn how to lighten wood paneling without paint because we didnt have much time or money to cover with paint the wood paneling over the entire house. You need to start out with 100 grit sandpaper and just sand all of the gloss off the wood surface wipe it down follow that with a good quality primer. Not only are there different types of wood paneling used as walls within homes there are different ways to paint them and update their look to help lighten and refresh a room. I need tips on how to lighten it or re finish it and not have it look like a bad paint job over good paneling.
And whether you have real wood paneling like this or sheet paneling the process to brighten it up is pretty much the same. Dip a synthetic sponge or brush in the bleach either part a alone or a combination of both and paint the walls starting at a far corner and working your way across and down the wall. They would like to brighten up the room without painting the wood paneling.