Window Trim--pine vs. white
July 15, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We built our home 5 years ago and decided on knotty pine for the interior window trim. This was a point of contention between my husband and me as I wanted white trim. I am still of the mind that we should paint the trim white (and maybe leave the sash pine?), however, I am concerned that the knots will bleed through if we paint the trim white.
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Here's an ideabook about knotty pine. Follow all the links and read the discussions and you'll see what options have been suggested for other such projects, including how to prevent knot bleed-through.

July 15, 2013 at 8:12am      Thanked by jburtweeks
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I like painted trim, too. Good luck!
July 15, 2013 at 8:32am   
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Lisa Michael Interiors
Benjamin Moore makes a product called impervo. It is stunning! It comes in oil or water based. Water based is probably better to prevent yellowing. I do not know about the knots bleeding through, but I do know it is my absolute favorite trim paint. It comes in satin, as well as gloss!! Add a product they sell (ask employee) that helps to eliminate brush marks. I just used it on a bead board install and it's stunning!
July 15, 2013 at 4:50pm   
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Chroma Design
Knots have the highest concentration of tannis and will bleed through latex and oil based paint. The only thing that stops bleed is shellac. Prime with Zinsser's B-I-N and you'll be fine. Wear gloves and be careful not to drip on anything! Ben Moore's satin impervo paint is outstanding for trim as Lisa Michael said. I think it levels very well too, I don't see the need for an additive.
July 15, 2013 at 5:21pm   
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Nearly everyone has white trim. You have a unique home. Embrace it... Let it shine!!
July 15, 2013 at 5:21pm   
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I love the look of your home. Your pine trim is beautiful and I'd leave it. I'd tell you if I thought it needed to be painted.
July 15, 2013 at 5:25pm   
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Rockin' Fine Finish
Looks great the way it is will you hire some one to paint the trim ?
July 15, 2013 at 9:03pm   
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