Hiya, so today I was busy painting the pine skirting boards in the living room so I decided to do a diy how to blog post as one of the most common questions I get asked is how to paint wood from dark to light. You might have seen in the previous post that I am gonna give my living room a freshen up for spring and one of the jobs was to paint the woodwork.
As I go for the shabby chic cottage style decor in my home I decided to paint the wood work to make my home look brighter and bigger. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with pine or wood details in the home but just for my style of decor, I wanted to change it.
When painting anything wooden I follow three rules. Prep, prime and paint.
Prep: Lightly sand and was with sugar soap, this gives the paint something to stick to as paint will not stick to grease or grime.
Prime: If you are painting knotty pine wood or any dark stained wood I would always prime to stop any bleed through, although the knots won’t bleed straight away they can bleed over time.
Paint: Generally I do one coat primer and to coats of the paint but some white or cream paints may need an extra coat for full coverage.
What paint to use?
For skirting boards you want a paint that is durable and strong, the paints you can use are gloss, eggshell or satinwood.
I wouldn’t use chalk paint on skirting but I have used chalk paint on one of my doors and sealed with varnish but that is more for the shabby chic look, for skirting boards I would stick to the above paints.
Most brands of paint have a gloss, eggshell or satinwood in their ranges.
I find B&Q has the best selection of paints and the staff are really helpful and full of knowledge.
I used B&Q own brand eggshell in brilliant white on my skirting, the grey coloured door is Autentico eggshell in shade Dolphin.
As you can see in the pictures the lighter woodwork made my house look bigger and brighter, the fun thing I love about your home is that you can experiment with different colours and if you want a pink door then you can, as you can see in the pic below I gave my en suite a pink door, this was autentico chalk paint and I decided not to distress the door and sealed it with clear matt varnish. If you use gloss, eggshell or satinwood then you do not need to seal with varnish as the finish on them is strong and durable.
One thing I forgot to add was that you also might need a little patience as painting your skirting boards is not as fun as painting furniture. Another post you might find helpful is my shabby chic stair makeover. Let me know if your planning any DIY jobs this January. I love seeing them and the changes you make in your homes.
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