Painting Wood Paneling


It’s been awhile since a house project update – don’t think it hasn’t been on our mind (trust me), but we are excited to start our kitchen plan!

Now let me preface with a tough decision we had when it came to our kitchen update plans.  We figured there were 2 routes we could go:

1) Gut + Brand New

We did go through the research process of drawing up a kitchen plan, meeting with the Menards kitchen designer and getting quoted for custom cabinetry (ouch for pricing).  Menards came in around $8K for cabinets alone (not counting countertops, hardware, etc.)  We found a discount cabinet supply store that had pretty good pricing on cabinets, but again being in the thousands for cabinets alone, then taking into account the incremental costs associated with the flooring, countertops, etc. – it just seemed like a lot at this point in our lives.

2) Facelift

Matt has always had his reservations about facelifts (home decor cosmetic facelifts that is, I am opposed to human facelifts too :).  I understand his concerns.  To put money into an “interim solution”, but when we plan and think we are probably going to live with our current kitchen footprint for the next 5-ish years, it is well worth the investment to spruce up what you have with some budget friendly updates.

So, facelift it is!

One thing I have hated in our house since we bought it is the excessive amount of orange-toned wood, including this beautiful paneling we have.  The paneling is along this wall (the chalkboard wall), the sliding door wall (which does really have much wall), in our entry way, and then down the hallway to our bedrooms/bathroom.  So some, but not everywhere.  It isn’t in our living room at all (whew).


Rather than ripping it off and revealing a bunch of destroyed drywall we have to replace, I’d like to paint it.  The question has now become – what color to paint it?!  Initially of course I was thinking a white/cream color.  But our kitchen plans are starting to involve some “bold color” (OMG are you guys excited?!  I sure am. Can’t wait to share 🙂

Anywho, so I’m leaning toward keeping our walls white and maybe going with painted gray paneling. I am drawn to the gray from this inspiration photo, I just love the clean white walls with the contrasting gray.

photo credit

Here is the mockup of this little corner of our kitchen with the gray paneling:

Plus the white is leaning a little too ‘country’ for my taste, while I feel like the gray is different.

What do you think?!  I seriously need opinions as I am totally torn over this one…

Painting Wood Paneling Gray


6 Comments on Painting Wood Paneling

  1. Carlee
    March 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm (8 years ago)

    GREY!!! I think it will look very nice!

  2. Julie
    March 10, 2015 at 6:25 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the grey. If you want the wood to disappear. Try the same color as your wall. This worked for me when we paint our paneling. Good luck!

  3. Julie
    March 10, 2015 at 6:29 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the grey! If you want the wood color to disappear use the same wall color. We painted our paneling and were very happy with how it turned out. Look forward to seeing how yours turn out

  4. amy
    September 27, 2015 at 9:45 am (7 years ago)

    Hi there – I am contemplating grey for some paneling and some built ins in our new house for my daughter’s room (she wants turquoise/aqua walls). I’m dying to see how yours turned out if you went with the gray!

    • Mallory
      October 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Amy! I DID go with the gray and I will be posting photos soon! (I do love the gray and am so happy we took a leap of faith & went for it!) Stay tuned for photos! 🙂


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