Painted Furniture With Stain Bleed Through
When you have the original stain bleed through painted furniture you have a problem. Sometimes it's an easy fix and sometimes the stain is really stubborn. This stain bleed was a tough one and I took care of it the easy way.
Today is Furniture Fixer Upper Tour day and my friends have some awesome projects for you today. I have been sick for a couple of weeks and haven't been able to work on any projects or much else.
This makeover is one of my favorites from a few years ago and I thought I would share it again after adding a few more details and photos. Links to the Fixer Upper Tour are at the bottom of the post.
You guys are going to love this tutorial, until the end. You may remember this chest of drawers from a couple of months ago. I painted it for our DIY Furniture Girls “Coastal” theme . I tend to think shades of blue for coastal furniture and I was going to paint this piece a beautiful shade of blue. Then something happened.
Above is the before photo of the beautiful chest of drawers I started with. ( I’m a Leg Girl ) Well, it was a beauty at one time. I asked you guys about painting or staining it. Most of you were for trying to refinish the chest to it’s original beauty. I was all for that too but didn’t know exactly how I would accomplish it. Remember, I’m lazy.
The chest had all sorts of issues, like missing veneer….and wood. Crackled up stain.
Spray painted areas. Why use spray paint?
More spray painted areas and sad looking veneer. The piece was pretty dirty too.
I tried sanding and it didn’t really help. That’s when I decided to just go with paint.
I primed first with Glidden Gripper primer. Can you see all that pinkish bleed through? I always thought bleed through was caused by the original stained finish but when this happened I started doing research.
Bleed through is actually caused by substances in the wood. You see in the photo above that the bleed through is coming from the raw wood areas…..not the stained areas. Learn something new every day.
I applied a second coat of primer and still got this. That was so unusual. Most of the time primer will cover the bleed through even if it takes a second coat.
Rose Heartstring ( coral paint color )
Now what to do? I couldn't just keep applying primer and hoping the next coat would do the trick. I thought about sanding the primer and furniture surface down to raw wood but that's a chore.
The problem was easy to solve. Go with a pinkish paint….tadah! I used the paint on the left…Rose Heartstring (Glidden color mixed in Behr paint) on a custom nursery piece and the color is beautiful. I didn’t have much of it left though so I pulled the sample on the right from my stash as a backup.
I brushed on a couple of coats of paint. If there was bleed through it wasn’t noticeable.
Now this is the part at the end where you might go “really Kathy” because I didn’t get any photos of the white-washing. But I can tell you about it. Just mix a little white paint, doesn’t matter what kind, with water.
Make it really, really thin. Brush it on, yes it’s going to be really runny. Then wipe it off with a rag. If it’s too white wipe it off with a damp rag. If it’s too light then go over it again or mix a little more white paint in the water. It doesn’t take much at all. Then just let it dry.
The Rose Heartstring is a little pinkish/coral and the white wash made it more of a coral paint color. I had just enough of the paint to finish the chest but I was scraping the bottom of the can before I finished.
The hardware on the chest was all wood and mixed and matched. I painted it white and started putting it back on but the effect was not good. I dug through my hardware stash and found my own mix and match vintage hardware. Awesome.
The Glidden primer is the best I've found and I can't blame it on the bleed through. See the video tutorial below on priming furniture....
I'm kind of glad I had the stain bleed through issue because this piece looks great painted coral. The blue probably wouldn't have been girly enough.
Time to take the Furniture Fixer Upper Tour. Just click the pink text links below the "before makeovers" photo collage......
What do you think? Leave me a note. See you next week! Kathy