My mom just painted over her paneling and it looks wonderful. Her paneling was rough, not the smooth shiny kind. One thing to remember-My mom's paneling was a dark brown and she bought light brown paint. When it blended with the dark paneling it turned out canary yellow. It looked better than the light brown. Just keep in mind that the color you choose will not be the color it turns out to be. She just painted over all the grooves and it turned out great.