Manufacturers often cover the walls with 1/4-inch paneling, but the studs can support drywall, so there's nothing preventing you from removing the paneling and replacing it.
The cost to install drywall in a 12'x12' bedroom with a ceiling height of 8' is $200, including labor and materials. Cost breakdown The average costs and materials associated with a project like this would include:
I had wood paneling in a prior house and I removed mine. I did have drywall underneath, but I was re-wiring, re-insulating, etc, so I removed/replaced that with new drywall. Given the choice, my preference would be to remove the wood paneling vs painting it.
The only step you are adding is ripping off paneling unless I'm missing something? 1/4 to 1/2 drywall cost is negligible. So if he's screwing drywall over the paneling he still has to tape and mud.
The cost of prefinished wall paneling can vary wildly. Cheap 3/16 inch fake wood or patterned panels can cost around $10 per panel. A decent real wood veneer can soar to $40 each.
In a forty-something year old home, I would like to freshen up a couple of rooms that still have wood paneling (and get rid of that "this room used to look fashionable in the 1970s" look). I would like to replace the wood panels with drywalls.
Removing wood paneling is not a particularly difficult job in and of itself. Removing the paneling and not damaging it, or removing the paneling and replacing it with drywall, can be a more ...
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Kyle, In order to allow drywall to line up with your doors and windows, furring the studs 1/8th – 1/4 inch is a good option. Another option would be to install “thin wall blue board ” and veneer plaster the wall surface flush to your door and window frames.
Replacing wood paneling with drywall will take a little bit of time, money, and knowledge of hanging drywall. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: hide the existing paneling by covering it with drywall compound to simulate the look of drywall.
The cost to install drywall is about $1.50 per square foot. After material and labor are added in, the cost per panel can range from around $40.00 to $60.00. After material and labor are added in, the cost per panel can range from around $40.00 to $60.00.
That way the trim doesn't have to be removed or changed and the 1/4 drywall takes the place spatially of the removed paneling. It makes the walls look new and smooth and covers the cracks in the plaster underneath.
Putting drywall over thin wood paneling may cause the new wall to jut beyond door and window jambs. Consider alternatives such as painting wood paneling or filling in the seams with spackle. If you still want drywall, adjustments to the jambs should be made after the drywall is installed
Replacing paneling with sheetrock (also called wallboard or plasterboard) is an effective, affordable way to change the look of a room. Sheetrock gives a sleek, polished finish, in contrast to paneling's rugged, rustic look.
Painting the paneling is doable and certainly it will be quite a bit cheaper. Before painting however there is an item for discussion...those seams!
To give solid wood paneling a new look, either lightly sand and paint the wood or remove the boards and replace with drywall. If the paneling is knotty pine, be sure to use a stain blocking, oil or shellac based primer to help prevent the resin in the wood from bleeding through the paint.