How to Paint Wood Paneling, Baseboard & Trim Without Bleed Throughs

Jenni Ingram
by Jenni Ingram
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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.
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.  

Go to my full blog for a complete supply list - I'll give you links to the best products and paints from my years of experience.
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! 

Keep following along with my blog as we redesign and update each room in our new house! You can subscribe here. I also share furniture makeovers and live painting tips on my facebook page: @rootsandwingsfurniture.

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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  • Faye Faye on Oct 08, 2018

    What type paint did you use over the ZIM? Latex or oil based? Looks great. Thanks!

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