Saturday, July 2, 2011

Do you DIY?

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

When did DIY become rocket science?

Honestly, all I want to do is paint some paneling.  My friend Mary Jane Maffini and her daughter painted every piece of paneling in their summer cottage, and she sent me a picture of one of the bedrooms and it looks lovely, so I know it can be done. 

In order to get the job done, I figured I should pick MJ's brain, which I've been doing for the past two years now.  She told me the kind of primer and paint they used, and the final color.  It's great.  Except for one thing.  They're in Canada and so are the brands of paint they used.  I'm across the lake (diagonally) and I've ended up at Home Depot and Sherwin Williams.

I was all prepared to paint the room, even put painter's tape up last weekend (the green kind that lasts 21 days--just in case you get sidetracked in the middle of the job) and then I thought . . . hmm . . . maybe I should see what HGTV.com has to say about painting paneling.  Holy smoke!  I need to De-GLOSS the paneling first.  So I jumped in the car to get some de-Gloss.  Only they didn't carry it.  Go to Sherwin Williams.  So I went there.  They were out!  Come back in a few days after they restock.  So the room has been in an absolute state of chaos for a week now, with the furniture all bunched into one corner.

They finally had the de-glosser in yesterday.  But I got dire warnings with it.  Make SURE you follow ALL the directions.  Make SURE you paint during the VERY SHORT WINDOW OF TIME the de-glosser works.  MAKE SURE your primer will stick to ANY surface because the de-glosser MAY NOT WORK ON YOUR PANELING NO MATTER WHAT HGTV SAYS.

Okay, so now I'm living in dire fear.  What if it doesn't actually de-gloss?  What if the primer won't stick?  If it doesn't stick, neither will the paint.  Will I be ripping down paneling and hiring someone to fix the drywall?  And why did people ever put up paneling anyway?

Okay.  I'm trying not to have a meltdown here ... especially since it's supposed to be at least 90 out with 90% humidity today.

Will someone PLEASE reassure me that DIY projects REALLY work and that my office will turn out beautifully -- because I'm about to spaz out.

Thank you.
  

15 comments:

Mollie bryan said...

Oye. I'd never heard of the de-glosser and several years ago my husband and I painted paneling in our sun room (now my office). The good news is that it turned out well--the bad news is that it took many, many, coats of paint. Maybe 4? Or 5? I can't remember. But kudos to you for the research. Wish we had done that!

Sue said...

Guess that's why I don't diy. The only thing I do is put gas in my car. Good luck on your project You're a better woman than I am to even attempt it, but if anyone can do it you can Hope it's cooler where you are than here in Iowa. The humidity was horrible as was the temperature

Laura K. Curtis said...

Can't say I bothered with "de-glosser" when I painted over my paneling. It wasn't particularly glossy, though. It had a couple of nasty stains, so we used Kilz primer, which was probably over the top in retrospect, but it did work.

Lin said...

I no longer try to DIY--I live with what I have or hire someone! Meanwhile, since you are committed (no pun intended) to this project, I'll say a little DIY prayer for you.

LORNA BARRETT (aka Lorraine Bartlett) said...

Laura, I've got Kilz primer, too. But the woman at Sherwin Williams was really negative about the whole project, yet I know (thanks MJ) that it can look really nice when done.

lori cimino said...

we didnt degloss and we had paneling that had deer and pheasant and other woodland designs on it. we used kilz and then painted. it turned out great. just go for it lorna

Aurian said...

Okay, took me a while to translate DIY to Do It Yourself. My boyfriend and I painted the outside doors and windowsils a few weeks ago, and it looks good. But inside paneling? No idea. Can't you just get advise in your local paintshop? Act a little bit helpless and I am sure some guy will tell you exactly what to do.

Rita B said...

Kilz primer is the way to go. Girlfriend has old farmhouse that had been paneled and painted every one with Kilz and then paint. Looks great. Hang in there, something will strike a bell with you and when it does....just do it.

ev said...

I use Kilz all the time and it works great. Just give the paneling a quick go over with a damp cloth to make sure any grease and such is off it.

I DIY all the time.

Also, most places like Lowes and home depot have books that will translate colors from one brand into another brand (the recipe, as it were), so be sure to ask. Sherwin doesn't do that, I don't think. And be sure to post pics when you are done!!

Aimee said...

A de-glosser coats over a gloss finish such as would be used over a stain. You can get rid of a gloss coating much cheaper and easier than using the de-glosser. Sandpaper.

And, no DIY is not rocket science and DIY does work but DIY is not for everyone just like knitting or cooking is not for everyone. :)

Signed,
Not a Very Good Knitter but a damn fine DIYer

doreen said...

I used lok-tite as a primer and 2 coats of paint...it came out great!
Do not stress the thing about paint is it can always be changed!

Diane Vallere said...

You have me worried about the giant circle I drew on my wall earlier today, and the paint chips taped up to represent this week's project...

LORNA BARRETT (aka Lorraine Bartlett) said...

Diane, one wall is done (I was too chicken to attempt the whole room in case the experiment was a dud), but it came out terrific! I'm really happy. Now to do the rest of the room. Next week, I'll attack the enclosed porch which is also paneled (in VERY DARK wood--at least my office had light yellow paneling). I can't wait to move the furniture back in and hang my pictures again.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Trust me, it will be gorgeous and I hope you will share pix!

Anonymous said...

I can't understand why a good primer (like Kilz) and paint wouldn't be just fine. I agree with Ev that to wipe down the panelling first is a good idea just like it's a good idea before painting drywall - to get off dust and dirt and grime, which paint doesn't stick to. Just common sense. We always go to Benjamin Moore now because our architect likes them. We totally renovated our house a couple years ago painting every wall, inside and out. It'll be fine. Let us know what colors you choose.