Friday, November 16, 2012

To Paint Knotty Pine or Not Paint Knotty Pine? That is the Question.

For all those  "not so" knotty pine people...

It's been a few weeks since the hubby and I have started painting the knotty pine.  After many coats of paint and many hours of work, WE DID IT!  

I am here to report, you can do it too and this is how.

Did I mention I loathe knotty pine?

My hubs found this video from HGTV on how to paint the knotty pine.  Go Hubs!

I went into the local Benjamin Moore store and requested a shallec primer just like the video suggests.  I'm sure you can get a similar product from Lowes or most paint shops.

Since the knotty pine has a coat of polyurethane on it, this primer is essential to act as a barrier for the latex paint.  Without the primer, the paint wouldn't stick and the knots would bleed through the paint. Nothing would be worse, than spending all this money, chosing not to do a primer, and the paint just peeling off.  Could you imagine?



This is the latex paint that I chose to cover the primer --Chantilly Lace in a pearl finish.  The pearl finish is much like a semi gloss, but a cheaper version. The same look for less.   If I opted for the more expensive paint in a semi gloss, I would have paid $15 more a can.  I knew this job was going to be expensive to begin with, so it was a "no brainer" for me...
Just because these guys want to sell you the expensive stuff, doesn't mean you have to get it.  Do your homework people!

This wood was thirsty, and I mean thirsty.  All in, it was 4 coats of paint.  2 coats of primer and 2 coats of latex paint.
The living room was the starting point.

We went from this...
To this... 
The Paint Specialist instructed me to cover all the knots with the primer first.  This keeps the knots from bleeding through once you put your first coat of primer on.  The primer dries very quickly and is very thin, so although it was an extra step, it wasn't too bad.

To this...
The window, door and ceiling mouldings also will be done in the Chantilly Lace.

I will paint the insides of the window once the warmer weather comes back around in the Spring.  We will also be adding a 3 inch floor moulding.
My hubs wanted to replace the existing doors, but I felt like the doors had great bones and they even still had the original glass knobs on them.  Hey, a little bit of vintage!  (I just gave you a hint of my theme.)  The doors were also given a little coat of Chantilly and I still feel like I made a good choice.  

By the way, look whats underneath the carpet!  Not in perfect condition, but a score none-the-less.  We decided to have all the floors refinished and give them a new life.

I will take this updated, easy living, version of knotty pine paneling any day.



What a difference a coat of paint makes, huh?  Well, maybe 4 coats of paint...


Dark and dreary to light and airy, just my style!

I will admit, taking this road was a commitment.  There were times I wondered if we would ever finish and thought I could not possibly paint any more.  BUT you can do it and it's definitely worth it.

Stay tuned for our kitchen update.  This little cottage is also getting a NEW fabulous kitchen. PLUS much, much more.  You won't want to miss the kids room and some special projects for the master and bathroom/laundry room.  Follow me on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/HouseByHolly


Five inexpensive ways to update an out-of-date home

1) Paint; just by painting the walls, you are adding an instant update.  

2) Floors; if your home has some hardwood floors, it is a pretty safe bet, the whole house has wood floors (Score!) Lift up that carpet and take a peek...If not, you can always add Pergo floors and ask some family/friends to help out with the installation.

3) Kitchen Cabinets; most of the time, you can paint kitchen cabinets and change out the hardware for a quick update.  I also like to remove cabinet doors and paint the inside of the cabinets for a modern look.  
  
4) Mouldings; By painting doors, their mouldings and window sills you can add a custom look.

5)  Bathroom; An easy way to update a bathroom is by changing out the mirror and the shower curtain.  You can also change out the towel hangers and toilet paper holder.

What do you think?  Do you have a knotty pine project you want to tackle?  Do you now have the courage?  Are you knotty? (Get it? Yes, I went there) ;)


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19 comments:

  1. Wow! What a lot of work! I definitely like the painted pine better:) I was a little unsure when you first talked of painting over the knotty pine, but it looks fantastic:) Great choice:)

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  2. Thanks TwoRoos, I just know we are really going to enjoy this house!
    Holly

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  3. Wow, looks so much brighter. Yes, a lot of work, but well worth it. Looks amazing! I'm excited to be your newest follower. I hope you will drop by my blog too! x Julie @ Restyle Relove

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  4. I have a family room in exact knotty pine, also the ceiling! But that not all, the ceiling in kitchen as well and cabinets in same ugliness. I have been looking at before and after pics to give me the inspiration I need to get off my butt and paint!!

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    1. Start with one project, maybe the cabinets and see what happens... I'm thinking the ceiling could stay as is and be a nice contrast. Good luck!
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Holly

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  6. I have kitchen cabinets in knotty pine and want to paint them white but im scared...

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    1. Hi Renae,
      You can do it! Test a spot and see how you like it... It really brightens the room. Or maybe you can just change the hardware...
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Holly

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  7. Thanks for this great post! I came across your blog while searching on Pinterest for idea on painting knotty pine. I decided to tackle this task this weekend and put 1 coat of primer on my hallway. I'm wondering, how did you apply the primer? Did you use a regular paint roller or another method? I used a small sponge roller and a sponge paint brush. I'm wondering if a regular paint roller would work better. Concerned that it might not get in the grooves of the paneling though. Would love your thoughts and opinion. Thanks!

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    1. Hello there,
      I started by just covering the knots with primer and a large paint brush. The knots have a tendency to bleed through so it will take more primer to cover them. Once I did that, we used painter rollers to cover the paneling with 2 coats of primer. I also used a big paint brush to get into the grooves of the paneling. Once the primer was set, we put on 2 more additional coats of Chantily Lace by Benjamin Moore.
      It's a long process, but well worth it in the end. Take your time and good luck! Let me know how you make out, I would love to see a before and after.
      Holly
      p.s. In the hardware store they make a big 'fluffy' roller that is great for this.

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  8. Thank you Holly! I'll let you know how it turns out. Very excited to get rid of the dark paneling!
    Susan

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  9. I am SO GLAD to have found this post. My entire living room is knotty pine. Contractors said ripping it out and sheet rocking would be a huge ordeal and pretty $$. They suggested painting it. But my husband and I just weren't sure. Glad to see your primer tip! Every single person I've seen tonight has painted white over their knotty pine. I was thinking more of a fun color for us. I'm sure I can use whatever color I choose. I guess once you've had the dark, knotty pine - white is the most craved thing! LOL

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    1. Hi Staci,
      So glad you found it! It is hard work, but well worth it. White paint is not the only option. I've seen grey or the faintest sage- they look great as well. Have fun with it.
      If you look at our Beach Bunker Tour you can see all our 'before and afters'.
      Good luck and I would love to see your 'before and afters'.
      Thanks,
      Holly

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    2. Thank you! Forgot to ask if you caulked anything??? Not sure whether to or not.

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    3. Yes, any nail holes. I am a big fan of caulking, while others may not be. I also used a big paint brush and really got in those grooves. The whole process took two coats of primer and two coats of latex paint.
      Holly

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  10. Hi Holly, Did you do any scrubbing with a cleanser (TSP, soap?) and/ or sanding before applying the primer? Thank you!

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    1. Hi there,
      I lightly wiped the wood with an old rag, mostly to take away and dust or spider webs away. I guess it would depend on the wood. If it was dirty, I would have. The primer will allow the paint to stick to the wood.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Holly

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  11. Great improvement on your home. I have a tiny 8 foot by 24 foot tiny home. It was originally yellowish white pine wood. I painted it without using any primer as I wanted the knots to bleed through to give it an aged vintage look. I got just that and love it. But I also really like they way you did yours.
    Tonita @ www.ShabbyChicTinyRetreat.blogspot.com

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