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Buffalo Lumber Company, Inc., Lumber - Retail, Woodbury, TN

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Painted Paneling

tongue and groove painted wood paneling with shiplap board look

Painted Wood Paneling

Painted interior wood paneling, especially shiplap, is gaining popularity in large part due to Joanna Gaines and her show “The Fixer Upper”. One of the reasons shiplap boards are so popular to use as wood paneling is the rustic old world coziness they bring to the room.

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Kelly’s story starts with "Something’s Gotta Give". She loved the layout of the home in that film ...

Our customer chose painted wood paneling because the original design looked too formal for her tastes. She wanted it to look nice but also "homey" and "lived in".

She took her time searching for the right combination of rustic and inviting because she knew this was it, this was going to be her forever home and she wanted it to be just as she envisioned.

painted wood paneling with rustic shiplap style board

Buffalo Lumber Painted Wood Paneling Featured on HOUZZ

She decided on Knotty White Wood Paneling (SPF) painted in subtle shades of gray and white. The wood paneling was custom milled, primed, painted and delivered to her home in Florida.

We achieved the classic SHIPLAP look by putting a finely beveled edge (Micro V) on the Tongue And Groove (T&G) pattern. This allowed her installer to hide the nails in the tongue for a smoother finish.

fireplace with painted wood paneling - T&G pattern similar to shiplap style board

Painted Paneling Prices

ShipLap and T&G Patterns

Shiplap Pattern - Square Edge

Tongue & Groove V2E Beveled Edge profile diagram

Tongue & Groove Flush Joint profile diagram

Tongue & Groove V2E + Center V profile diagram

Painted Paneling Pricing By SQUARE FOOT

Understanding our Prices:

We price wood paneling by the square foot. Our Prices below is meant to include delivery from the mill closest to you - if you order at least 1500 square feet. Depending on your location in the country we are offering Lodge pole Pine, Idaho White Pine and SPF as real wood paneling substrate.

We offer interior wood paneling pre-primed OR pre-primed + 1 top paint coat. That means Finished wood paneling for that price Delivered.

If you know your square footage you can multiply it by the price below and have an idea what this product will cost you. If your square footage is below 1200sq expect to put some delivery on it.

Pricing below INCLUDES Delivery
if ordering at LEAST 1500 SQFT

Your SQFT Coverage x Price per SQFT = TOTAL JOB COST DELIVERED !
Check your SQFT to LFT coverage

Pricing based on 1500 SQFT order
Delivered FREE to most places in the USA!

bathroom wall paneled with painted tongue and groove wood paneling milled to shiplap board profile

The first thing we tell people about is the nailing pattern. You can’t hide the nail with shiplap boards. You have to face nail because if you nail into that thinner lap it will break.

With a 1x6" Tongue and Groove pattern you can nail into the tongue at a 45-degree angle. The nail is hidden once the next board is installed.

example of how to nail tongue and groove paneling
Photo courtesy of DIY Network

In Kelly’s case she did not want to see the nails BUT she wanted a wider 1x8" board. So we chose a micro-bevel T&G in 1x8" to best suit her needs. The micro-bevel created the shiplap look but allowed her to hide one nail.

But normally 2 nails are recommended for a 1x8" exterior wood siding patterns. This nailing diagram is from a guide to exterior wood siding WWPA Natural Wood Siding Technical Guide.

how to nail tongue and groove guide

This means that a 2nd "face" nail would be visible. In Kelly's case she was installing the wood boards as interior paneling so there is less stress on the wood and the nail than in exterior applications. It was decided that instead of a 2nd visible nail, glue would be applied to the backside of the paneling board for additional purchase.

We could not technically recommend this solution because the book does not cover wood paneling but we advised her of the risks and she did it. It looks beautiful and seems to be working!

bedroom with painted wood paneling using shiplap wall board look

Factory Primed and Painted Wood Paneling

At the factory level we run your wood paneling through our flood coat machine. We use a bleed inhibiting primer to block the pitch bleed and the primer is applied to the face, back and side edges of all wood planks. Your installer will want to coat the butt/cut ends on the jobsite.

We offer a top coat option as well which allows the homeowner to decide if they want to do a final coat in the field or leave it for a more rustic wood wall paneling look.

Each coat will cover up more of the character of the wood so a 2nd coat is often a jobsite decision. The reason for painting wood paneling at the factory is that you can install and be done or add a final coat for a more uniform look.

Factory Pre-Finish Process

Painted paneling can be a tricky proposition in that not all types of pine take paint the same way. One of the biggest problems we see with interior wood paneling being painted is what we call "pitch bleed". If you are going to paint wood paneling on the jobsite you will want to shellac every knot individually to avoid this problem.

Kelly came to us because her installer did not want to tackle priming and painting over 9000 square feet of shiplap paneling. She was going to cover basically every interior wall of her home with painted wood. At that volume it is time to think about factory finish.

She reached out to us because we specialize in factory finished painted wood paneling and painted siding.

Large wrap around Porch and Soffit paneled with PRE Painted Wood Paneling
Painted Wood Soffit and Porch Paneling

People don’t realize the most of the pine species they use as interior wood paneling today comes from younger trees and has a greater sap content. When you put it up on the wall and then paint it, the sap will bleed out through the knots causing an ugly yellow/brown discoloration. There are a lot of knots in certain types of pine so there are a lot of places where this can happen.

When painting wood paneling it is important to understand how the wood will react so you can prepare it correctly.

painted wood paneling on ceiling

Wood Paneling Grades

As with anything there are things you need to know about Painting pine paneling.

The main issue we hear about is knots bleeding a little pitch. We use a bleed inhibiting primer but inevitably there are some knots you will have to touch up on jobsite. This is not really a big deal (soap and water cleanup) but it needs to be mentioned.

Our "Mill Select" is a knotty board for a better price point. There will be wood characteristics and more knots visible through the paint and potentially more knots to touch up.

Our "Near Clear" paneling grade has fewer knots to begin with so a higher end finished look and fewer knots to worry about.

In both grades the bleed blocking primers will take care most of it but that is why we offer the painted paneling in two grades.

NEAR CLEAR Paneling Grade: D&BTR White Pine T&G wood paneling
NEAR CLEAR Paneling Grade: D&BTR White Pine T&G wood paneling

NEAR CLEAR paneling: NEAR Clear has very few, very small knots and a median price point for the "Knot so fond". Your appearance priorities will determine your budget for clearer grades.

MILL SELECT Paneling Grade: White Pine paneling boards prior to pattern milling
MILL SELECT Paneling Grade: #2 White Pine paneling boards prior to pattern milling

MILL SELECT Paneling: Our STK Tight Knot Grade - "Mill Select" means the mill has selected the wood to meet the "Tight Knot" grade rule in the books. Technically there is no limit to the number of knots but there is a limit to the size and the type of knot. For paneling we source the higher end of the STK grade spectrum with #2 and better.


Painted Paneling SQFT - LFT Coverage

Wood Paneling is often sold by the linear (or lineal) foot. To figure out how many linear feet (LFT) you need you must multiply the square foot wall area you need to COVER by a linear factor based on the siding width you have selected 6", 8", 10". The Lineal Foot Factor is derived by dividing 12 inches by the individual pattern's "exposed" face - the width that still visible after the siding boards are installed.

A) Calculate the square footage in walls: length x height = sq. ft.
B) Calculate, and then subtract, the square footage of openings
C) Add 10% to cover trim and waste = SQFT needed
D) Multiply SQFT result by the linear factor = LFT needed

BUYER BEWARE WARNING: The actual "dressed" widths and "Exposed Face" measurements below reflect our own mill norms. We confirm true measurements with you before you purchase. When you are comparing prices be sure to ASK for for their exposed width to make sure you are buying enough wood paneling to complete the job!

T&G Painted Paneling Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear Ft Factor*
4"3 3/8"3"4
6"5 3/8"5"2.4
8"7 1/8"6 3/4"1.78
* assuming 3/8" tongue

Shiplap Painted Paneling Coverage
Nominal WidthDressed WidthExposed FaceLinear Ft Factor*
6"5 1/2"5"2.4
8"7 1/8"6 3/4"1.78
10"9 1/4"8 3/4"1.37
* assuming 1/2" board overlap

1x8" Pattern Coverage Example: If you are paneling four walls 8 feet high by 40 feet long with 8" wide wood paneling boards and we allow 10% of the total square feet for openings, you would need approximately 2250-2450 linear feet depending on pattern selected:

SQFT AREA: 4 * 8 * 40 = 1280 SQ FT - 128 (10% openings) + 115 (10% trim/waste) = 1267 SQ FT

T&G: 1267 SQ FT * 1.78 linear factor = 2255.3 LFT

SHIPLAP: 1267 SQ FT * 1.78 linear factor = 2255.3 LFT

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