Hi, Just bought this 1919 home and I've got some issues to deal with I can tell you. I guess you could call this a fixer-upper. Damn, I didn't think I was gonna do that again. Okay so here's a link to some pic's (I'm new so you'll have to cut and paste) home.comcast.net/~tqm/site/?/page/remodel_pics/ What I'm looking at right now is that the dining room, front hall, living room, den are ALL covered with this real wood paneling (as opposed to the stuff with a picture of wood glued over some thin plywood). Oh and the ceiling is done in this lightweight (like compressed fiber stuff with a stamped "wood grain" effect) tongue & groove (I assume) paneling stuff. Right so the walls are traditional wet plaster but the substrate isn't lath it's origional "dry wall" (a 3 layer plaster sandwich). Needless to say I don't really want to take down the wood paneling and "patch" / "rebuild" the walls and I sure don't want to just paint the paneling "as is". I've read some stories about people using drywall mud to fill in the grooves but that just sounds like a ridiculous amount of sanding and building and sanding to deal with. What about using a sandable painters caulk to fill the grooves? My labor might be "free" but we're taking about 2,033 liner feet of grooves to be filled in and smoothed!!! Am I out of my mind and should I just order up a bunch of 1/4" drywall and put it up over the existing finish? As for the ceiling... I put a little j hook up to hang a lamp and have a very strong feeling that they put up something like 1/2" furring strips to mount the stuff so the removal should be quite straight forward. At that point I could assess how bad the ceilings are and if I just need to put drywall up over them or repair the cracks etc. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.