Painting raw wood white can be scary. You want to be sure there would be NO BLEED THROUGH or else your project could be ruined and a complete waste of time. Let me show you how I painted my knotty pine fireplace wall and wood trims.
How to Paint Wood Paneling, Baseboard & Trim Without Bleed Throughs
I knew I wanted to paint the wood paneling and trim white and really lighten and brighten the wall -- also making the unique fireplace shape and brick texture stand out. But if I did it wrong all that knotty pine could end up only partially white with little yellow spots all over.
I used my favorite primer. I've used it in every room we've painted so far - a little goes a loooonnnngg way! This primer is shellac-based, which means it's the very best at preventing stains from seeping through the paint. This primer also goes on without sanding - it sticks to everything! And it dries super quick, so you can just keep working. I also used it to prime my kitchen cabinets, and was really happy with the results.
It also stinky! So take precautions and use a respirator if you feel it's necessary. (I hate wearing a mask, but sometimes it's just a good idea!)
I used a mini roller which made this job go super quick. You will need a standard paint tray though, as this roller didn't quite fit in my Pelican paint bucket. All I did was roll it on with the roller, then go back with a chip brush and fill in all the cracks. Since this is oil-based primer, I just chose to use a cheap chip brush. That way I can throw away the brush without feeling bad about it.
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When painting trim, a long paint shield will be your best friend. I used it against the brick .....
.... and against the floor trim. I've done the trim in my house the same way - 2 coats of primer, then paint. To paint trim up against carpet, I used painters tape to tape off the carpet.
Once the primer was all dry, I used an off-white semi-gloss paint. I applied it with the roller in the exact same way. So now, no knotty pine walls - they are crisp and clean and white!
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You can also click on the blog link below to see more angles of the living room, the wall colors I used and how I painted the fireplace surround for a big change!
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Published January 9th, 2018 10:25 AM