How would you paint these wall panels?

How would you paint these wall panels (picture on top)? We don’t like the brown and are thinking of a light grey for the panels (see other picture we found online) and dark grey for the chimney. What treatment/ paint would you recommend?








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  • Eldi_Dos
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    Is the fireplace in use and if so what type of fire is in it.
  • ThisIsWeird
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    edited 13 November 2023 at 1:01PM
    ozner said:
    How would you paint these wall panels (picture on top)? We don’t like the brown and are thinking of a light grey for the panels (see other picture we found online) and dark grey for the chimney. What treatment/ paint would you recommend?









    Remember it'll be a one-way change without a huge amount of work, so be certain it's what you want to do! But, I can understand your wish to do so.
    The panels appear to have a visible physical grain texture, so that's good - it should show through the paint so it's still clearly 'wood'.
    I'd thoroughly clean and degrease the surface - perhaps sugar-soap and a scrubbing brush. Wipe off any residue.
    Then a no-primer paint such as Zinsser AllCoat in satin; self-primes so paint it straight on, very durable, quick drying - it's great stuff.
    I'd even try and use a mini foam roller for this - apply the thinnest coats you can - roll it right out - pressing it in firmly to get into the grain, and finish off lightly. Try this on one panel first to check the finish. It'll need more than one coat, of course, perhaps even three when each is done thinly, but I think you'll be impressed by the finish - very smooth, no brush marks, but the grain still obvious.
    Do as much image research as you can - that light grey looks great on the stairwell, but check out examples that more closely match your situation - the sitting room. Also get advice on the nicest shades - again look at pics, and then find the actual shade used. Zinsser can colour-match, I believe.
    Other companies do 'straight-to-surface' paints too.

    Edit: if you like a more 'chalky' finish, then you may prefer Matt.
  • FreeBear
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    Grey is going the same way as magnolia. Dark blue seems to be the up and coming fashion.
    Personally, I'd go for a pale pastel with either a hint of yellow or maybe pink.
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    ozner said:
    How would you paint these wall panels (picture on top)? We don’t like the brown and are thinking of a light grey for the panels (see other picture we found online) and dark grey for the chimney. What treatment/ paint would you recommend?









    Remember it'll be a one-way change without a huge amount of work, so be certain it's what you want to do! But, I can understand your wish to do so.
    The panels appear to have a visible physical grain texture, so that's good - it should show through the paint so it's still clearly 'wood'.
    I'd thoroughly clean and degrease the surface - perhaps sugar-soap and a scrubbing brush. Wipe off any residue.
    Then a no-primer paint such as Zinsser AllCoat in satin; self-primes so paint it straight on, very durable, quick drying - it's great stuff.
    I'd even try and use a mini foam roller for this - apply the thinnest coats you can - roll it right out - pressing it in firmly to get into the grain, and finish off lightly. Try this on one panel first to check the finish. It'll need more than one coat, of course, perhaps even three when each is done thinly, but I think you'll be impressed by the finish - very smooth, no brush marks, but the grain still obvious.
    Do as much image research as you can - that light grey looks great on the stairwell, but check out examples that more closely match your situation - the sitting room. Also get advice on the nicest shades - again look at pics, and then find the actual shade used. Zinsser can colour-match, I believe.
    Other companies do 'straight-to-surface' paints too.

    Edit: if you like a more 'chalky' finish, then you may prefer Matt.
    I second the Zinsser Allcoat recommendation- we used the outdoor one in a bathroom and the finish is lovely and it can be colour matched to all the big brands.  I might be inclined to prime with Zinsser BIN to avoid any seepage of stain through the paint.
    Good Luck!
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