remove or drywall or mud over wood panelling?
We have just bought a 1950s ranch of about 2500 sq ft (floor space). It has solid wood panelling on every wall in every room. We would like it all to be gone but given how much there is, we dont just want to paint it as we would then see the grooves still in every wall.
I think our options are:
1 - take it all off, then put up drywall and paint
2 - drywall over the top of the panelling, then mud then paint
3 - mud (skim coat) only over the panelling, then paint
a carpenter that is working on another part of the house said he thought mudding over it is quite difficult and he thought that not many people would be able to make a good job of it. Is this true?
What are the advantages/disadvantages of the three options?
Also, the panelled walls are not all flat -- a couple of the walls have a definite "bulge". Will this mean we will _have_ to take the panelling off on those walls (or can drywall still be put over)?
Thanks very much for your advice!