Asked on Jul 30, 2012

Can I succesfully paint the walls in my basement?

CindyPeace Painting Co., Inc.Miriam I


The walls are covered in what looks like varnished sections of knotty pine. It is not paneling. I would ike to paint them a lighter color to brighten the basement. Has anyone here done this before, and if so, what is the process?
3 answers
  • Miriam I
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Here is a post where knotty pine paneling was painted white. You say it is not paneling, so I'm not sure if this will help, but I figured I'd post it just in case:

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Debbie, if you want to make certain it does not ever chip or peel then use a deglosser first. These are available in water base today. Another step that pine needs when painting is to prime the knots with white shellac or BIN primer so they don't bleed through over time. After your first full primer coat (any good primer will do after deglossing) you can decide how many holes you want to putty and cracks you want to caulk to make things look seamless. Then you are ready for two finish coats of a high quality eggshell finish paint. For another option, you could also lighten up the room with a light colored glaze that would let some of the wood show through and you would not have to prime, caulk or putty. It's just a little tricky to work with like varnish. Best, Charles

  • Cindy
    on Oct 12, 2015

    u can purchase an oil base primer and put that on then u can paint over it

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