what to do about shredded basement paneling
We live in a house that was built almost 40 yrs. ago. The basement walls are covered in light colored paneling that I like. However we had water damage down there and ripped out the carpet that coved up a few inches to meet the wall paneling. I had a contractor here working on a kitchen bath remodel and had him take off some of the paneling to check for mold. It was ok. I planned to have GC put in baseboards. Well, now that it is time to do that, I am having second thoughts. The room is about 14'by 25' and along one long wall, the paneling is shredded in places almost 5" up the wall. Taking all the paneling down is a bigger project than I had in mind, but putting baseboard on shredded paneling doesn't make sense to me. Do you have any suggestions? This paneling is 1/4" thick, is light with dark vertical grooves and the shredded areas are the color of the grooves. It doesn't seem like paint would be the answer, but I don't know. I'd appreciate your suggestions.