easy thrifty vintage charm update distress wood wall paneling
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

1. Distress Wood Wall Paneling

To give new wood-paneled walls a rustic farmhouse feel, like the ones at right, simply add and then subtract color. Start by painting the panels in a color, preferably one from a historic palette so that the hue appears authentic; if the wood paneling is dark to begin with, add paint in a lighter hue, or vice versa. Once dry, use a putty knife to scrape the finish in a random pattern, giving the illusion of paint that's peeled away over time. You can call it quits there, or take your faux-finishing project a step further by brushing on a clear glaze 
to give a little extra depth to the effect.

Cost: $66 for an average-size room. Ben Premium Eggshell Interior Latex, $36 per gallon, and Studio Finishes Latex Glaze in clear, $30 per gallon; benjaminmoore.com for stores
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