Painting Knotty Pine

I recently shared with you our dramatic office makeover.  Part of that makeover included painting the built-ins and covering up the knots that were bleeding through.  Pine is a soft wood that often shows many dark and deep knots.  These will show through if you just try painting without priming first, even with several coats of paint.  We used Kilz Premium, which is a primer, sealer and stain blocker to help prevent this from happening again.

IMG_1045Below are the steps to getting these annoying knots from showing through…

  • Sand the surface just to scuff up the surface.
  • Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to clean off any dust from sanding.
  • Apply the Kilz Premium according to the manufacturers instructions.  Prime the entire surface to ensure a uniform appearance of the topcoat.
  • Let it dry overnight before applying a second coat.  If the knots are still bleeding through you may want to apply an additional coat.
  • Once the final coat is completely dry, apply the paint of your choice.  I used Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select in eggshell finish in Yorktowne Green.

Here are some before and after pictures.  The built-ins are looking much better these days!

Knotty Pine - LiveDineParty

Before

Knotty Pine - LiveDineParty

Before

After two coats of Kilz

After two coats of Kilz

The finished product

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