I just moved into an older house. The walls in the bathroom look terrible painted. Currently they consist of 3/8" drywall, not ideal, so I'm looking for ideas on how to improve this. Can I install some sort of panelling to cover up the past or does anyone have any ideas? Thanks
Last edited by mtglockgirl; 05-27-2008 at 05:47 PM.
If you like paneling, you can certainly install it over sheetrock. 3/8" rock sure isn't ideal for a wall! 1/2" is the norm.
Installing the paneling should be relatively easy. You'll need to locate your studs and mark their locations on the floor and ceiling to make nailing the paneling easier.
You'll also need to install "spark rings" (or box extenders) on your electrical switches, receptacles, and any wall sconces you may have. The edge of the paneling cannot be exposed in the electric boxes due to combustibility issues. The extenders are cheap, and are easy to put in. They're plastic inserts that fit into the box to bring it flush with the face of the paneling.
There's also the option of doing some sort of knockdown texture on the walls. It is cheap to do and would give the room a totally different look.
I think if you just put a Faux finish on it. That would hide alot, be much easier,and look better than paneling. Go to Sherwin Williams, Lowes, or Home Depot. and Get a Faux roller or sponge and ask a couple of questions of the associate. Super simple and looks Good,