Dark dark paneling you must go

Home Stager with Stage-Show-Sell

Dark paneling was a status symbol for years.  We think of it as being rich.

Rich is may be AND it's dark.

I had a difficult time convincing the owener of this home to paint the paneling.  Now the room looks twice the size.



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Barb Van Stensel
Chicago, IL

Way to go.  So many people are hesitant on painting paneling but it really does open up the room which allows for offers to come in.  Thanks for sharing.

Oct 11, 2009 12:24 PM #2
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

I just did this myself in our new home... what a difference it makes!  The wooden paneling just sucks up all the light in the space making it feel like a cave...which I don't think of as 'warm' at all - what men always seem to say about paneling...

Oct 11, 2009 12:38 PM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

My son has paneling like this and he "likes it" so it stays...for now.  He has already been warned that it must be painted when they decide to sell.  What a difference! 

Oct 11, 2009 01:01 PM #4
Chris Minion
O'Brien Realty - Lexington Park, MD

Hi Virginia,

What a difference painting the paneling made to the room.  It looks great!  Thanks for sharing!


Oct 11, 2009 01:45 PM #5
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Oh boy-does that lookbetter, so much better!!  Winner! Let us know when you are pending. Great job!

Oct 11, 2009 01:52 PM #6
Shelley Roufs
Simply Staged Homes - New Ulm, MN

Wow - great example of what paint can do to dreary paneling!

Oct 11, 2009 01:53 PM #7
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Virginia -- very good idea to paint over that dark, depressing paneling -- the room looks so nice now!

Oct 11, 2009 02:41 PM #8
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Oh Goodness, what a big difference.  I don't know why more people don't paint thier paneling.

Oct 11, 2009 04:52 PM #9
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

What a fantastic improvement!  So often seller's don't want to paint over paneling.  Your photos illustrate why it is sometimes necessary. 

Oct 11, 2009 11:07 PM #10
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

I left the window frame that color becasue of the seat/flower section.    It's a high gloss varnish.

Next time I'll consider painting it OR if the realtor has a comment on it.

Marianne you didn't catch it because the whole house transformation was so wonderful that this just didn't stand out.

Oct 12, 2009 12:23 AM #12
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

The more I look at those photos the more I realize that I missed the boat.   I'll go back and paint that oak frame to white myself.

Thanks to all of you for your compliments and comments.

Oct 12, 2009 09:19 AM #13
Monica Stanciu
Staged 2 Sell Solutions Inc. - Markham, ON
Staged 2 Sell Solutions, Markham, ON

What a difference an can of paint can made, eh? And i do agree that the window frame will look better in white. Great transformation!

Oct 12, 2009 10:39 AM #14
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Yikes Virginia did the sellers recognize the room after the transformation?  Such a BIG, BIG difference!  We are faced with so much knotty pine, here in the mountains and people can't bear to paint it BUT I would LOVE to.  Your photos are a great example of the change it makes.  AND your staging is great too!

Oct 12, 2009 10:43 AM #15
Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

  It looks great! Home Harmony recently did a home with a paneled basement. Amazing what a little paint can do. It certainly adds life and the illusion of being bigger.



Oct 13, 2009 09:49 AM #16
Susan Macaulay
Clarity Over Clutter - Winnipeg, MB

Looking at the BIG transformation, you can hardly tell by the after photo that it is painted wallboard.  The carpet looks much better with the lighter coloured walls.  Very inviting.

Oct 14, 2009 04:36 PM #17
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Ginger, the sell game me a hard time about painting the paneling.  She thought it was rich and warm.  I've emailed her photos and she's had no comments about the staging to me.  She told the realtor that she likes it.

Liz, basements definetely do well with painted paneling.  I'm working on one basement now that the paneling is being painted.

Susan, thanks for the compliment

Oct 15, 2009 12:29 AM #18
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

This is incredible, Virginia.  Goes to show just how beneficial having a listing staged can do for a home.

Congratulations.  Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before & After Pictures.


Oct 15, 2009 12:55 AM #19
James Wydick
PHS&D - Raleigh, NC

Great work! We have had to work with a home with dark dark paneling as well. It can be difficult.

Oct 17, 2009 12:39 AM #20
Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs

Virginia ~ Well, I am going to print this and give it to my seller on my new listing. See for yourself.


Oct 19, 2009 01:55 PM #21
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Gee that rooms look familiar.

I hope your client goes along with the paint.

The floor looks interesting too

Oct 19, 2009 02:40 PM #22
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