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Old 11-04-2008, 09:02 AM   #1
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Built-in shelving over pine panelling


Hi all, was planning on putting up some built-in shelving in my den which is currently covered in 1/2 inch pine paneling.

I was going to using 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch plywood for the shelf backing, nailed directly into and over the pine paneling/studs. The wall behind the pine paneling is lathe and plaster.

Does this sound reasonable? I'd rather avoid removing the paneling just for the fact that other paneling removal in the house has ended with plaster everywhere, making more of a mess than it seemed to be worth.

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Old 11-04-2008, 10:54 AM   #2
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If you have pine on the walls why not use it for the backing? I would get a stud finder to make sure you are anchoring to a stud. Hope I understand your question

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If you have pine on the walls why not use it for the backing? I would get a stud finder to make sure you are anchoring to a stud. Hope I understand your question
I think this is a fine suggestion - our problem is just aesthetics. All 4 walls of the den are pine paneling PLUS the ceiling is pine paneling, all over hardwood - so it's a bit dark. We were just trying to lighten it up and mix up the texture a bit.
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I have seen people put wall paper over paneling with good results. Maybe you can do that where the shelves go.
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