Pimp My Paneling: Attractive Uses of Wood Paneling

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A friend of mine is living next door to a house that’s undergoing renovation for resale—a typical Austin house flip job. She’s now become the happy recipient of what she describes as “1970s wood paneling” that was removed from the house and discarded. She asked what might be some good uses for her new treasure, and I’ve been doing a bit of research on the subject. Here are some of my thoughts on attractive use (or re-use) of wood paneling.

Ceiling Detail

Pimp My Paneling: Attractive Uses of Wood Paneling

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While this entire bathroom is wrapped in gorgeous wood, what’s caught my eye is the ceiling. Adding sheets of wood paneling to the ceiling in a small space like this really transforms it into something special.

Contemporary Wainscoting

Pimp My Paneling: Attractive Uses of Wood Paneling

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Sometimes, a little paneling will go a long way—and such is the case in this sleek, contemporary bedroom. Paring down and up-cycling old paneling in this manner is a smart and eye-catching solution for a bedroom makeover.

Slatted Room Dividers

Pimp My Paneling: Attractive Uses of Wood Paneling

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Ripping paneling into individual slats like this – assuming the wood is sturdy enough to survive the process – and creating a room divider or a wall accent is a fun and unique way to employ reused or new wood paneling.

Create a Feature Wall

Pimp My Paneling: Attractive Uses of Wood Paneling

Using newfound wood or old paneling to create this kind of feature wall can bring real character into your space. This is a simple, woodsy vibe that can help to ground your home.

Have you ever re-purposed old wood paneling? Share with us what you did with it!

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.