Knotty pine paneling is a naturally beautiful product that has found its way into many styles of homes. It can be laid out in unique patterns and stained in many colors to fit almost any home décor.

Paneling can be installed by either a carpenter or a skilled homeowner. Knotty pine is a traditional wall covering in log homes and log cabins.

How Popular is Knotty Pine Paneling?

Sales records show knotty pine paneling is more popular than ever for home and office use. Although it waned somewhat in the 70s and 80s, it remained a favorite in log homes, cabins, and many other conventional houses.

Knotty pine is a favorite because it is easy and fasts to install with the tongue and groove/end-matching design. There is virtually no waste with this exceptional product. It is also used for ceilings and decking.

What Is It Used For?

Knotty pine paneling is used for a variety of projects for home and business applications. Its grain, color, knots, and mineral streaks look great for all these common uses:

  • Walls from floor to ceiling
  • Wainscoting up part of the wall
  • Ceilings
  • Decking
  • Kitchen islands
  • Bar walls
  • Bookcases

Your imagination is the only limiting factor for knotty pine’s uses.

Should I Buy Tongue and Groove (T&G) with the End-Matching Design?

Yes, you get the best results because the design is virtually flawless and easy to install. Nail and screw heads do not show that provides a professional look. The tongues are strong and easily fit into the grooves that create a nice flat surface. Both the sides and ends of the paneling have tongues and grooves that allow end-butting anywhere between the wall framing.

Are Tongue and Groove the Same As Shiplap Paneling?

T & G and shiplap designs are similar but different in a few significant ways.

  • T &G have interlocking panels that offer super durability
  • The interlocking panels provide an air-tight seal
  • T & G offers a more streamlined appearance
  • Tongue and groove are easier to clean and maintain

Do I Need to Sand Knotty Pine Paneling?

It all depends on where you buy them and their condition. The best mills, like The WoodWorkers Shoppe, supply sanded smooth panels that are ready for staining and clear-coating. You can apply finishes either before or after installing the paneling.

You may find less expensive paneling that requires sanding. Most people do not think the savings are worth all the effort and time that goes into sanding the wood.

What Sizes Are Available?

Knotty pine is available in both unfinished and pre-finished conditions. You can find this paneling in ¾” thickness and four convenient widths:

  • 4” wide
  • 5” wide
  • 6” wide
  • 8” wide

Four-inch wide beadboard paneling looks great as wainscoting topped off with trim. The wall above the trim can be completed with any width paneling or drywall.

“Knotty pine paneling is a naturally beautiful product that has found its way into many styles of homes. It can be laid out in amazing patterns and stained in a myriad of colors to fit almost any home décor.”

Can I Buy Pre-Finished Knotty Pine Paneling?

Pre-finished paneling is available in a professionally applied process. It is thoroughly sanded between each coat of finish. Its benefits include:

  • Finished with superior materials
  • No runs, sags, or thick spots
  • Nothing settled in the finish, such as dust
  • Saves much time and effort
  • No need to hire a painter

Plus – there is no mess to clean up compared to applying the finish yourself.

How Is Paneling Installed? 

Start the bottom row with the tongue side up and set it on thin blocks so it is about ¼” above the floor. Place a level on it and adjust any blocks to ensure the row is level. Place nails at the bottom of the paneling that will be covered by baseboards and into the tongue.

Use the cut-off piece from row one to begin row two. The nail heads will be covered to provide a professional appearance. You don’t need to end-butt the pieces on wall framing because the end-matching design is secure anywhere between the framing.

What Type of Trims Should I Use? 

Pinewood trims are applied to walls for specific uses ranging from basic styles to crown molding. Choose from among these favorite trims and moldings:

  • Colonial for casing and baseboards
  • Three-Bead for casing and baseboards
  • Round-Over for casing and baseboards
  • Outside and inside corners
  • Colonial and 3-Beaded chair rail
  • Ceiling trim and crown molding
  • Cove, quarter round, and base shoe

Are Stain Colors Limited from Suppliers?

No, stains come in many colors and hues within a color category, from light to dark and everything in between. Follow up the stain application with a clear coat finish for a beautiful non-yellowing look. You may also elect to use a clear coat only without stain to highlight the pine’s natural characteristics. These example colors are available in Proluxe stains.

Is the Price Affordable

The answer is ‘yes’ depending on the quality grade you select. Knotty pine paneling costs from one-third to one-half the price of hardwood paneling. Top-quality, hand-inspected paneling is available at fair prices.

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