Wallpapering Over Wood Paneling?

June 8, 2009

Can you wallpaper over paneling? We remodel vintage campers, and were wondering if this is possible.

By Nancy J Wolfe from Scottsboro, AL



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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

We did in my parents trailer years ago. We just cleaned the walls really well, then I took putty and filled in all those lines in paneling, then wallpapered over the top of it, stayed for years.

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

Yes you can, just like micksgirl said, putty in all the in seams of the walls. Let that dry, and walla, your ready to wallpaper your trailer.

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

We purchased an old house 17 years ago. It was paneled through out. I used sheet rock mud and filled in each groove. After it dried well, I sanded lightly and filled again. Then sanded lightly for a wonderful long lasting finish for paint or wall paper.


I am a perfectionist and found one coat of mud did not completely conceal seams for light colred paper or painting. It is worth the extra effort!

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June 9, 20090 found this helpful

I would do the same as everyone suggested, but you might want to prime the walls before applying wallpaper. It will stick much better if you do.

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June 9, 20090 found this helpful

I wallpapered over paneling in my den and it's still holding up well. I used a wall liner - a thick type of paper that is applied to the wall horizontally instead of vertically like wallpaper. It covers the grooves in the paneling so that when you wallpaper over the liner, the grooves are no longer visible.


It worked like a charm. Most Lowe's, Home Depot or other paint stores carry the liner. Good luck!

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September 11, 2019

Can I put brown paper on my walls before wallpapering them? I have some walls that that paneling on them, and it shows through the paper.


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September 11, 20190 found this helpful

You can, but having bought a house where stuff like that was done, I strongly do not recommend it. It is a nightmare to get it all off and the brown paper can attract silverfish. Actually, I am anti wall paper completely for that reason, but that is me. The brown paper just makes it worse.


If you have to so something to paneling, painting and stenciling seems to be the easiest and less troublesome for making changes in the future.

Post back what you decide!

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September 11, 20191 found this helpful

I would fill in the grooves with caulk or putty, and smooth out.

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September 15, 20190 found this helpful

Paper bag/wallpaper is not the best choice! Your home improvement store has a great line of spackle/caulk fillers that would be great for filling in spaces,cracks and holes!

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