Painting Panelling: A How To

We decided to include the step-by-step guide to how we painted our panelling it’s one of the easiest and cheapest ways to transform a room.
Step 1:  Prep The Walls.  Remove any nails, screws or tape from the walls.  Dust the walls by putting an old but clean sock over your hand and wiping down the walls.  Pay close attention to corners.
Step 2:  Fill Holes.  Use a wood filler to fill in any unwanted holes, bumps or nicks in the wall.  If you have time and patience and don’t want to see the grooves from the panelling then feel free to fill in the grooves as well.  We opted to leave the grooves, I felt it gave more of a country flair to the walls.
Step 3:  Scrape And Smooth.  This step coincides with step 2, use a 9-in-1 tool to scrape any crud off the walls and smooth out the wood filler.
Step 4:  Sanding.  Lightly sand down the walls using a 120 grit sandpaper, this roughs up the surface to give the paint and primer something to really stick to. 
Here the walls are prepped and sanded
Step 5:  TSP.  Feel free to skip this step if your walls do not have a glossy texture.  Our walls are manufactured so we didn’t want to take any chances with them.  Mix the trisodium phosphate or TSP with water according to the directions on the carton and apply to walls.  This is an added step to help the paint and primer to adhere better.
Step 6:  Prime.  Apply one thin coat of primer, I’m not going to tell you to use oil or latex, I think that’s a personal decision.  We used C-I-L primer from Canadian Tire.
Primed Walls
Step 7:  Paint.  When your primer dries, apply a thin coat of your paint with a roller, use a brush to get into any cracks or grooves.  Once the first coat is dry apply another thin, even coat of paint.  We used Beauti-Tone Designer Series in Suede colour CD013 – Solo.
First Coat On
Step 8:  High Five.  Now that all the work is done feel free to give yourself a pat on the back and your partner a nice pat on the bum. 
Here are some before and afters…

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