“Yes, you can do a white wash…I had hideous paneling in my kitchen, and I bought a huge bucket of drywall compound and slopped it all over the walls.
One coat of Kilz, wait the allotted time and then paint with your color of choice. I did this for a store here in South Africa and it turned out great!
Proper steps make for a long lasting paint job.” – Donna A. “My grandma had the cheap, fake “paneling” (a grooved sheet with a woodgrain pattern).
If your paneling flexes or gives when you push on it, painting is probably your only solution, since filling the grooves will tend to pop loose over time.
Some paneling (generally the really inexpensive types) is actually a photo of wood grain that has been glued to the front of a plywood or composite type board.
But unless you are using the room as an indoor soccer field, the paint should adhere. You need to make sure that the paneling is free of dirt and oil. I prefer satin finish for durability, and it can be washed easily. The grooves will remain unless you fill them all in.
Tips and quotes for this post were taken from this thread on the Craftaholics Anonymous® Facebook Page where Linda asked: “I need suggestions on what to do with old wood paneling, the really ugly kind from the 70’s.
I left it textured and then painted over it…it came out amazing!