To start things off, I'll show you our summer house project. It isn't what we planned to do, but a chimney leak made it necessary to pull the old panelling off the living room wall. I didn't get a real before shot, but the darker panelling is what we started with, then we found the lighter, actual wood panelling underneath. It was just on these two walls.
Surprise, there was nothing under the panelling above the fireplace!
Here it is with drywall and paint...
And the finished product, complete with fall decorations :)
I'm so glad we don't have to look at that panelling anymore and that the fireplace is the focal point now!