Kate asked me to prep and paint this gorgeous King-sized bed. She did not want all of those knots to be visible, so careful preparation was important.
Wood is sometimes complicated to work with, as there are resins and tannins to deal with. Shellac based primer is about the best thing on the market to resist bleed-through. Knotty pine is very tricky, because the resins and tannins are concentrated in the wood knot, but the veins of the wood can also have a high concentration of resins. Clear pine furniture is more expensive for a reason. The wonderful Fusion Merchants suggested Zinsser BIN primer for best coverage, so that’s what I did.
After the Zinsser Primer was fully cured, I sanded the entire bed with very fine (320 grit) sandpaper, then wiped it down with a tack cloth to remove any bits of dust.
After applying the first coat of Ash and letting it cure, I lightly sanded the bed, again, then touched up any tiny cracks and staple dents that still showed the pine. Pine acts like a sponge reacting to humidity, and expands and contracts with changes to the humidity in the room. It was time-consuming to take a fine brush and make sure all the crevices were painted.
The bed needed one more coat of Ash, because I know that Kate’s kids might jump on the bed.
We delivered the bed and helped David get it set up.
We did finish it with Tough Coat, because Kate is expecting and I can see the big brothers and sisters crowding around the bed when baby arrives! I was concerned about whether Kate would be bothered by the smell of the Tough Coat, which I applied after the bed was in place. I’m delighted to report that there was virtually no odour, and that Mama Kate collapsed into bed as soon as she could.