7 Beautiful Ways To Modernize Dated Wood Paneling On A Budget

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Whitewashing dated paneling can instantly transform a dull room into a bright and airy space that goes hand-in-hand with coastal vibes. The best color palette for a coastal home decor style includes white, beige, and blue, so whitewashed paneling works perfectly for this theme. Faded wooden finishes are also popular in beach-style interior design, so combining wooden paneling with a translucent white finish where the grain of the material can still be appreciated makes sense if you want to achieve this look. Whitewashing presents an excellent option for anyone who wants to save a few bucks because it involves diluting paint with water, usually at 1:3 ratio, but you can use less water for a more vibrant look. By diluting the paint, your materials will go a lot further, reducing costs compared with painting the paneling in a solid color.

To whitewash old paneling you’ll first need to remove any existing paint, stain, or varnish by sanding the wood back to its original state. This is important because you’ll want the grain and knots of the wood to be visible through the whitewash. Next, select a flat white interior paint such as the ‘Ultra Spec 500 Flat’ by Benjamin Moore. Decant this into a large bucket, and add an equal measurement of water. Stir the paint and water until fully mixed, then apply to the bare wood with a paintbrush. Paint one plank of wood at a time, then immediately wipe it off with an old rag. This gives a soft finish, removes any brush strokes, and ensures translucency.

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