Painted Paneling B&A Photos!

Home Stager with Judy Heinrich Home Staging

I recently asked the question What Would You Do In This Space?  about a dark, paneled space that I encouraged the sellers to paint.  Thankfully they were on board with that recommendation.  I staged the room as I originally wanted, as a sitting room, not a dining space.  These pictures show the power of paint to freshen up an outdated room!  Unfortunately, the trim and woodwork was not painted white as I suggested (that will need to be fixed) but I still think the transformation is tremendous.  The color used is Sherwin Williams Softer Tan SW6141.








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Connie King
Sevierville, TN

Just absolutely amazing!     This home now looks like a real charmer.   You did a wonderful job.   The owners must be so proud.

Nov 09, 2008 06:30 PM #28
Kristina Leone
Lionheart Home Staging, LLC - Minneapolis, MN

Beautiful color and excellent recommendation to paint!  You shaved twenty years off this house!

Nov 09, 2008 07:31 PM #29
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Wish I had these before and afters a couple of months ago.

I'm keeping this post forever


Nov 09, 2008 07:47 PM #30
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Connie - Thank you. Yes the owner was quite pleased.  At first he saw the room painted without the furnishings and was a bit worried it was just a bunch of "beige" but once it was put together he loved it.

Kristina - Now I wish we could shave twenty years off some other parts of the house (bathrooms!).

Virginia - keep them for next time you need to convince a seller! I wish I had them a long time ago too!

Nov 10, 2008 06:33 AM #31
Lisa Sherman
Interior Aura - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Interior, Redesign & Decorating - Salem Oregon

Absolutely amazing transformation!  The space is so much lighter and brighter.  I love Jackson's idea of bookmarking and using these photos as an example for clients questioning the results of painting their paneling.  Great choice on staging it as a sitting room - so comfy with the fireplace and all!

Nov 11, 2008 12:43 AM #32
Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging

Judy,  this transformation is like night and day!  WOWZA- WOWIE!

Nov 11, 2008 07:26 AM #33
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Holy Cow!!!!  Is that the same room?  Great job, looks 100% better. 

Nov 12, 2008 06:22 PM #34
Bonnie Edson

I showed these pics to boyfriend, and finally he's on board to paint the paneling in the house we bought this past summer...Wish I could find more good examples of before and after pics of painted paneling..I hope to post mine soon!

Nov 12, 2008 07:20 PM #35
Bonnie Edson

you can checkout my before pics on facebook

Nov 12, 2008 07:41 PM #36
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Greenbrae, CA
Interior Design and Home Staging - Marin County CA

Phenomenal transformation, Judy -- I'll bet the homeowners wished they had done it earlier! And personally I think it worked out just fine having the same color on the trim. Great work!  Leslie

Nov 15, 2008 03:11 PM #37
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I hate this old paneling, the new color really lightens up the room, especially with the light colored furniture.  Great job!

Nov 20, 2008 11:50 PM #38

I have only one room with paneling (Thank Goodness). I've always wanted to paint over the paneling because the room felt out of line with the other rooms. Your images totally sold me; I will paint soon, the only thing I can say now, is that I wish I'd done it years ago!  Many thanks for sharing these pictures.

Nov 22, 2008 07:33 PM #39
Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Beautiful, what an amazing difference some paint can make.  So light and airy now, more modern and looking like a show home.

Nov 23, 2008 07:47 PM #40
K. Zadina

I LOVE your photos!  We were trying to figure out how to paint our paneling, and this color is perfect.

Question:  With the Sherwin Williams Softer Tan, which of their white colors would you have chosen for the trim?  There are so many to choose from.


Feb 03, 2009 08:56 AM #41

Judie, et al....

How do you prep, process and paint the dated wood paneling?


1) wash/scrub paneling (remove dirt, grease, etc.)
2) lightly sand paneling
3) prime paneling
4) paint paneling

Anything else?




Mar 15, 2009 08:43 AM #42
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Diane - I've never personally painted the paneling, we hire professionals for the work.  But I would assume you've got the process down correctly... anyone else have anything to add???

Mar 15, 2009 10:24 AM #43
Christine McInerney
The McInerney Team with Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

I am reblogging this so I can point some clients to these pictures.  While some may still like the dark paneling, most do not.  I have one on the market with it- maybe seeing these pictures will either help encourage someone to buy or for the seller to paint.

Oct 01, 2009 06:08 AM #44
Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Christine and Jennifer - Thanks and I hope it helps.  It really is such a minimal investment for such a huge return!

Oct 01, 2009 10:58 AM #45

Looks fabulous! I was wondering of Kathy P's and Jackson W's pictures (at the top) are for real? Or a joke? What a couple of goof balls!

Apr 06, 2010 02:43 PM #46
L. Poirier

If you have knots in your panelling, remember to prime them first with an appropriate stain blocking type of paint like Kilz.

Nov 14, 2015 08:55 PM #47
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