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Painting knotty pine walls in a bathroom.
marshallhallDecember 3, 2012
We are remodeling a small guest bathroom in our cabin. The walls are knotty pine which I would like to keep but my husband wants to dry wall and paint. A compromise would be to paint the walls with a cream color glaze that gives them a "distressed" look. Does this work and what paint should I use? Thank you!
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Also consider bleaching or whitewashing them.
    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:05AM
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Sherwin Williams as some great faux finishing products for this type of application.
    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:12AM
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What kind of a finish do you have on the knotty pine? Is it a rough texture, like it's never been painted/sealed, or more like a smooth finish with a clear coat?
    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:58AM
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It is rough - looks like it was never painted or sealed. Does that make a difference? Thanks!
    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:35AM
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If the texture is rough, you could get away with whitewashing them. That's simply a matter of buying white stain or mixing white paint with water, depending on the color the boards are now, probably 50/50.

I would brush it on with a large brush as opposed to rolling. A roller could leave stripes where it overlaps itself. If there's a sort of hidden spot, try that first.

If they were sealed you would have to sand first, so at least you get to skip a step! And if hubby wants to drywall over them, whitewashing first would mean all you have to lose is a quart of stain or paint, if they don't work out the way you want.
    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:42AM
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Great info. Thanks!!!
1 Like    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:46AM
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I would consider dry brushing them rather than rubbing with a water-down paint or stain. Pine, esp. knotty pine, doesn't take stain well, and will turn sort of a pinkish color in blotches. If you paint or drybrush sort of a taupe color,then go over with a white or off white/gray, it will look more like barnwood, and maybe charcoal grey in the crevices. Experiment behind/under the toilet. Once you get the effect you want, seal it so it can be cleaned.

It might be easier and longer lasting to prime and start with a greige type basecoat to seal the whole thing, and then drybrush. May need more than one coat of various colors (use white or the greige with some craft paint) to get the right efffect. No sealing required that way. Dry brush goes very quickly, so it isn't as hard as it sounds. Stroke with the grain and wash the surface first and let dry a week or so.
    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:50AM
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Thanks for this suggestion. We have a painter but he has never done knotty pine. I will discuss the different methods with him and do some experiments. Thanks again.
    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 12:25PM
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