My "before" picture:
The beginning of the process... Sanding the wood paneling to remove the sheen...
At this point I had dust everywhere!
I love when she looks at me trying to figure out what I am doing...
In order to remove whatever was left from the paneling old finish I wiped the paneling down with Sander Deglosser (from Home Depot).
After the paneling was dried, I covered the grooves with latex primer...
Then I filled the grooves with Patch-N-Paint (spackle), let it dry and sanded smooth. I repeated this at least twice.
Then I applied the latex primer with a roller... I used the tip of a small roller to paint the trim on the top.
Ah... Here I started feeling happy already with the results... the old brown wood paneling was gone and the fireplace was ready to be painted!
Click here to see the after photo!