The story of our house is what has prompted my desire to blog in many ways. I think everything from how it came to be our house, the condition it was in the day we took possession, the small victories along the way and where it is now could be inspiration for other couples that struggle sometimes. To date, we have touched nearly every room in the house but, one of our first big projects was our master bathroom. We combined the only full bathroom in the house with a bedroom closet to create a nice sized master bathroom.
Like many couples, we didn’t have a lot of money at the time to be doing such a large project, but everyone needs a shower. We had to balance our ideas for our perfect master bath with things we could actually afford. This required us to get creative with some of the elements in the room. I’ll be sharing other areas of the bathroom, but today I wanted to talk about the trim.
The trim throughout our home is simple but substantial. No skinny trim here. It’s easy to copy which is great but with our budget, we decided to make our own trim using lumber. Instead of buying actual window trim, we used plain old 1 x 6 and 1 x 4 pine boards. Since all our trim throughout the house is painted, this was perfectly acceptable choice but this taught me a lesson. When it came time to paint the trim, I used the same paint and primer I always do. After two coats, The boards looked good and we got them installed.
The problem with this was that after just a short amount of time, the knots in the boards began to bleed through making the boards look dirty and dingy. Because I used primer, I tried simply adding an extra coat of paint in a few spots without much success. Not knowing what else to do, I just decided we’d live with it for a while.
When we were adding the trim in the dining room a few months ago, I knew I didn’t want the same result after putting so much work into creating such a pretty space. I went to our local hardware store and talked to one of the “paint guys”. He directed me to a primer that he said would be perfect. The stuff is kind of pricey so I decided to buy just a small can to try before going all in with a gallon.
After just one board for our dining room trim, I was sold. One to two good coats of this before one to two good coats of paint and no bleed through. Even with all the boards I needed to prime for the dining room, I still had over half a can of the primer left over that I’m now using for our bathroom trim.
If you are thinking of painting your wood trim, or anything from a dark to light color, use a good primer first. Also be sure to read the directions on your primer so that you know how to prepare the surface you will be painting.
I used the Zinsser BIN primer which did an amazing job of covering of the dark knots in the pine boards and kept them from bleeding through after painting. Giving yourself a good base to paint on will allow your paint to do it’s job better and give you a more accurate color. This particular primer is also tintable which is great if you are going from a light to dark color.