Atlanta Home Staging Company: Should You Paint the Paneling? Before and After Picture Included

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Should You Paint the Paneling? Before and After Picture Included

Should You Paint the Paneling? Before and After Picture Included

One of the first questions asked when we arrived to this home (which, by the way, was soon to go on the market) is whether or not to paint the paneling. There’s a variety of thoughts and opinions on this subject. The truth of the matter is that it boils down to a number of different factors.

In the case of this home, there was no doubt that having it painted would be beneficial. As you can see, the transformation is pretty significant.

Here’s how the home looked when we first paid a visit to see it:

Atlanta Home Staging Laurelwood LR Before

Yes, there are kitchen cabinets in the kitchen. This home was in the process of being renovated and as a result, was in total disarray. However, that paneled wall isn’t hard to miss.  Perhaps considered nice, in its day, it truly dates the home.

With our recommendation to paint and having selected the colors for the homeowner, the change was incredible. Bringing in the furniture and accessories really made a difference as well.

Here’s the after picture:

Atlanta Home Staging Laurelwood LR After1


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Comment balloon 46 commentsKathy Nielsen • December 30 2009 01:00PM


This room looks awesome! Great job, Kathy!

Posted by Suzanne Metz (Design to Appeal) over 5 years ago

Kathy, look at how those rafters pop!  The painted wall really makes these architectural features stand out.  Well done - Julie

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 5 years ago

Yikes Kathy, thanks for sharing this.  I can think of about 500 homes in my area that would seriously benefit from PAINTing paneling and other OLD wood surfaces.  Mind if I share you photos with others? 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 5 years ago

I'm a BIG fan of painting paneling. Unpainted, it just makes a room seem so dark and dingy.

Posted by Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale (Select Realty Professionals) over 5 years ago

Kathy - I grew up in a new home with paneling, a hot feature in its day--but that day has long gone. Your work looks terrific; great transformation.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru ( over 5 years ago

I've often suggested that Sellers paint dated panneling as an inexpensive way to update a room.  Your photos show how beautiful the results can be.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) over 5 years ago

Kathy, this is Wow! Almost can't belive that this is the same room. It looks awesome!

I recently went to an Open House where the office was dark wood panelling and looked just dark and depressing. The Realtor said that they on purpose left the wood look in place and did not paint it since many male home buyers just love the wood look. ????

Painting wood panels just gives it such a more up to date, brieght and friendly look and you can actually design the room to make the colors pop.

Well done Kathy!

Posted by Birgit Anich, Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester (Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040) over 5 years ago

I love these paneling transformations! Good job, Kathy -- now it looks elegantly casual, instead of obsolete.

Posted by Laurie Calhoun, Seminole County FL Home Stager (Gloria Home Staging, Inc.) over 5 years ago

Amazing ... Awesome!  Paint totally transformer this dated space.  It's so beautiful now.

Posted by Liz Gallagher, Montreal Quebec RESA member (LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers ) over 5 years ago

Always-always, yes! Paint the paneling. It looks just great and so does your staging.

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 5 years ago

It looks so fresh and modern, I think there should be a rule that you have to paint old

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Kathy - Yes!!! Paint the paneling, the difference is incredible and amazing!  The room looks bright and is now an asset to the home. The ceiling beams looks great now. What color paint did you use to go over the paneling?  Kate

Posted by Kate Case, RESA, Hudson Valley Home Decorator & Stager (Kates Home Staging and Design) over 5 years ago

Good call on painting the panelling.  It looks like a completely different (and much improved) room now.  Bravo.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 5 years ago

This project is a perfect example of the message that we stagers continually impress upon sellers which is that modernizing, cleaning and adding appeal are crucial to a successful sale. Congratulations on a fantastic transformation.

Posted by Kathy Alexander, Home Stager Camas WA, Home Staging Southwest WA (GreatStages Home Staging and Redesign) over 5 years ago

I'm so glad you posted the "before" and "after" photos of this room, Kathy.  The transformation is absolutely stunning!  Just yesterday we consulted with a client and advised her to paint paneling instead of removing it, retexturing walls and painting.  I think that the painted paneling gives more dimension and interest that just a plain painted wall, especially if the paneling is already in place.  I love it!

Posted by Diana Young (Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties) over 5 years ago

WOW....what a complete transformation!!  GREAT endorsement pictures that show how a little paint and your vision can bring soooooo much value!  GREAT JOB!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 5 years ago

Great transformation.  Painting the panelling is sometimes a hard sell, but this is a great way to show the difference!

Posted by Kim Dillon (Creative Eye Home Staging) over 5 years ago


What an amazing transformation! I love the white washed look on the wall. Makes you just fall in love with paneling when it looks that good. Great job!

Posted by Anthea Click, Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly! (Fresh Perspectives - over 5 years ago

WOWOWOW!! You turned a dingy, unusable room into a real gem! Love the color you chose for the beams, trim and steps -- awesome job!!

Posted by Nancy Maurer, Home Stager - Serving No. NJ (Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC) over 5 years ago

It makes such an amazing difference to paint over wood and yet so many sellers, especially men, think of wood as "valuable" and just refuse to do it.  This post could help to convince some of them how much more valuable painted wood can be!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 5 years ago

Wow Huge Difference Kathy. Great Call!

Posted by Leslie Godbold, Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living" (WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio) over 5 years ago

Hi Kathy,

What a great transformation! And I love the way you painted the risers on the steps a crisper white. It looks smashing.

I honestly LOVE paneling! My conceptual staging business has really taken off due in part to women who are at odds with their spouses about painting the paneling.




Posted by Michelle Molinari, Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts (FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor) over 5 years ago

Wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it!  If this doesn't convince homeowners to paint wood panelling I don't know what will. Brilliant work. Congrats on a job well done.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (in Vaughan and Toronto GTA) over 5 years ago

What a transformation!  I can think of very few instances where painting does not help update paneled walls.  I want to share this with a client that I met with yesterday.  It might just change their minds.  Thanks for sharing your results with us - what a pro!

Posted by Sheila Kennedy (J29 Project) over 5 years ago

Kathy: I agree - that paneling had to go. What a difference a can of paint made. I actually love the look of painted paneling and I think it updates a home with a very small investment. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 5 years ago

In our Westwood remodel the 3rd bedroom had paneling 6' up the walls.  We thought of taking it out, but instead painted it a warm khaki color, the portion of wall above the paneling and ceiling a light bisque.  A good primer and can of paint can work WONDERS for paneling - great  colors on the architectural wood beams & stair treads as well! Lovely (as always!)

Posted by Connie Tebyani, Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County (Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro) over 5 years ago

In our Westwood remodel the 3rd bedroom had paneling 6' up the walls.  We thought of taking it out, but instead painted it a warm khaki color, the portion of wall above the paneling and ceiling a light bisque.  A good primer and can of paint can work WONDERS for paneling - great  colors on the architectural wood beams & stair treads as well! Lovely (as always!)

Posted by Connie Tebyani, Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County (Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro) over 5 years ago

What an amazing transformation! I find it sometimes a little difficult to convince some sellers (who haven't yet realized that it's not about them anymore) to do this, but it is always such a great look when it's done. Thanks for showing this!!

Posted by Kathi Presutti, Re:Style, LLC (RE:STYLE LLC) over 5 years ago

Hi Kathy,

Yse, paint the paneling! I can't think of a bigger return on such a small investment.

Posted by Susan Peters, The Better it Looks the Better it Sells (Dove Realty Inc.) over 5 years ago

We painted the panelling in a home we had and it WAS absolutely the best decision! Good topic for a post :-)

Posted by Liz Moras, Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford (Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake) over 5 years ago

wow! what a difference that made! Sometimes those neutral colors can enhance the paneling more than the original!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) over 5 years ago

What an amazing difference the paint made Kathy! I am glad that paneling is no longer is so dark and gloomy! Pat Kennedy mentioned your post in her blog. I'm glad she did!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent. (PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770) over 5 years ago

Hi Kathy,   Huge difference for me.  The lighter room sems larger and more casual.   Happy 2010 to you !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 5 years ago

Unequivocally, YES, it should be painted and your amazing photos speak 1000 words. Great job on this transformation.

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) over 5 years ago

Kathy - I saw this in a re-blog and meant to come over to say, nice job, but got sidetracked. Nice job the transformation in the photos speaks volumes. Definitely PAINT the paneling!

Posted by Judy C Jennings, Broker Associate in Plymouth County MA (William Raveis Real Estate) over 5 years ago

outstanding transformation!

Posted by Kimberly Harris (Real Estate One,Macomb County, MI) over 5 years ago

That was a beautiful change.  Talented stagers can do so much to help!!

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 5 years ago

Nice work!!!  I had a listing that had paneling like that EVERYWHERE and he never got around to painting it like he said he would.  Needless to say it never sold.  It actually just expired with someone else and I called him and told him about and how a buyer can "paint" the walls, etc. with their software in the home pics if he was still unwilling to paint it.  He did not listen and has re-listed with the other agent.  It just sit there, I think.

Those rafters really do POP!


Posted by David Cahill (Century 21 Cahill Associates) over 5 years ago

I had a listing that another Sacramento agent could not sell. It was a great location, so the problem was either pricing or condition. Minute I walked through it I saw what was wrong. First, the upstairs' bedroom walls were purple. But apart from that, in the living room, half of the walls were old wood paneling. Week after the seller painted that paneling a creamy white, the home sold. The moral is if you can't get rid of that paneling, then paint it! Your photos are the proof!

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Kathy- found your post via Pat Kennedy.  Yes, yes, yes, paint the paneling.  Very inexpensive to do and man, how it brings the room into the new milennium. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

That really looks wonderful! So many homeowners could benefit from just this one thing when getting ready to list!

Posted by Rebecca Fisher over 5 years ago

I'm a strong believer in painting paneling. It can brighten and update a room at the same time. Great results in your room. The floor and beams contrast beautifully. congrats!

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Accredited Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Wonderful difference!  Painting brick is sometimes a good solution, too.

Posted by Virginia Hepp, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 5 years ago

Thanks.  I needed this example today.  The pix say it all.

Posted by Jim Hale, On the Move for You! - Eugene - Springfield Oregon (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 5 years ago

Kathy - I haven't seen paneling in years, but painting it is a must and you have the pictures to prove it.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 5 years ago

GREAT JOB. That's the way to keep it budget friendly. If you took it down and had to replace with drywall and then, mud/tape and then paint. Not only would it blow a budget but it would take so much more time then just putting a good paint job on it.

Posted by Christine T. (C.A.T. Construction and Home Staging & Design) over 5 years ago

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