Updating dark panel
Here are several options to giving your space a new look. The colors range from dark brown to very light beige.
The darker woods can also make a room look smaller and unattractive.
Follow these steps to resurface plywood paneling: If you’ve come to the conclusion that all that filling and sanding is a lot of work, you may want to skip redoing the paneling in favor of a permanent fix.
If the moldings and trim are installed over the paneling, as is usually the case, start by removing them.
If your paneling is solid wood made from individual, tongue-and-groove or V-groove boards, don’t try filling in the grooves, since it will tend to crack and fall out as the wood shrinks and expands with the seasons.
To give solid wood paneling a new look, either lightly sand and paint the wood or remove the boards and replace with drywall.
(Seriously, seriously lovely.) And you can use paneling to create vastly different moods.
Your options here are to sand and paint it with an oil-based primer that will cover the dark stains and prevent the natural stains in the wood from bleeding through.Use a hammer and flat pry bar to take off any quarter round, baseboards, crown molding, chair rail, or door and window casings.Mark where each molding came from on the back, and save them for reuse later.Note, you'll rough the wood paneling up to ensure that the paint adheres to it well.Generally a small hand held sander speeds the job up.