I have just painted the top half of the old, outdated paneling in my living room white. It looks better than I expected. I'm going to put a chair rail or border around the middle of the room to make it cleaner. It brightened the room up 100%! First, make sure that you use a primer. I used Kilz (low-oder) and then pained over it with white flat paint-though I had to do it twice.