Here is a picture of my kitchen in all its oakness before we moved in, just so you can see how overwhelming it is:
I am only one room into painting all my trim and molding (are they two different things or not? I'm not sure and too lazy to Google right now) and I love it. As soon as I had the primer on, I knew it was the way to go for me. Just looking at it in all its clean, crisp beauty makes me happy and calmer. Crazy what a little paint can do for your mood, huh?
So , this is where I started:
I didn't paint the actual windows yet and to be honest, I am hoping the plantation shutters or wood blinds I plan to get will cover them up enough so you won't notice. We'll see how it looks...
One thing about me, that may or may not be obvious as time goes on, is that I am a huge dork. HUGE. I love researching things. It is one of most favorite parts of decorating. I can spend weeks, maybe months, researching paint colors for a room or the right technique to stain something or what plants will do best in my garden and what plants will look best with those plants and on and on it goes. So, of course I spent a lot of time reading about the best way to paint my wood trim. I know I could have just winged it and it probably would have looked great, but I wanted to be sure that my paint job looked the best it could and that it would stand up to a lot of abuse that my boys and even I will inflict upon it. I was really worried about chipping and flaking. Plus, I just like reading and planning and it was an excuse for me to to do that.
So, here is what I did:
- sanded with 80 grit sandpaper until I had evenly roughed the surface and removed all noticeable "shine" from the previous varnish
- cleaned with tsp and water
- wiped surface dry and wiped with tack cloth to remove any remaining dust
- Primed wood using Benjamin Moore's Alkyd Enamel Underbody 217 Primer in white.
- caulked any gaps using Dap's Dynaflex 230 caulk and used wood filler to fill in any holes or other imperfections. You always do this step after you prime.
(Yes, I used an offset cake spatula to apply my wood filler. I couldn't find my putty knife.)
- I then sanded lightly with 220 grit paper, used my tack cloth and did another coat of primer. I did this because I wanted to try to cover up some of the wood grain pattern that was showing through somewhat, so if that isn't a concern to you, you can skip this step. I'm not sure how much of a difference two coats of primer made anyway. One was probably fine
- I sanded again with my 220 grit paper, used my tack cloth and painted with Benjamin Moore Aura in White Dove (satin finish).
- I then sanded very lightly (and used tack cloth again) before applying my second and final coat.
This stuff goes on like butter! Wow! It is tricky though. It dries really, really fast, so you have to lay it down, go over it quickly and then move on to the next section, starting with the wet edge where you just left off. Once you put this paint on and go over it quickly, you have to leave it be. It dries really, really quickly. Its tempting to try to get it perfectly smooth, but it will level off on its own, trust me. Let it do its thing. Also, it has a tiny bit of "sag" to it. Meaning, you need to watch for drips and catch them right away because it dries really hard and drips are tough to remove if you wait until then. Even though this paint is expensive, I chose it because touch ups are supposed to be seamless with it and touch ups are a definite reality with trim. Also, it is really thick and covers really well and dries tough as nails. I don't think I would splurge to use it on my walls, but for my trim, I am happy I went with it.
Hope this was helpful! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I'd love to answer them and hear from you!
And here's one final before and after: