How To Fix Paint Bleed Through And Cover Stains
Hi friends. I’m so happy to be sharing my latest project fail with you! You might wonder why am I happy I had a project fail, and I’ll tell you. Because hiccups happen! And that is all it is when you experience bleed through on a paint project. A hiccup. I’m glad I know what to use to get my project back on track and I’m happy that I get to share that, with you!
Today, I’m going to show you how to easily fix paint bleed through, and cover stains too!
My project began with a coffee table. A raw wood piece with no finish at all. The coffee table is great, but I didn’t care for the woods tones. I felt the coloring was a bit off, and not right for our space. I knew painting it would change all that pretty easily though.
It’s a bit of a handful, so I had Jimmy help me pop it up on the dining room table, and I worked on it right there! With lots of drop cloths protecting our floor, I started with a base coat of white. Next I did a second coat, in grey. Then, I lightly layered on a final coat of white, careful not to fully cover the grey, so I could have a peek of that here & there. I got it looking just how I wanted it, kind of like it had been painted a few times over the years, and a bit imperfect. I was intending to varnish it for protection as the final step the next day.
Unfortunately, when I saw it the next morning, the tannin’s in the wood had bleed through the paint and discolored portions of it. In that past, this would have upset me, but I’ve run across this a few times over the years and I know it can be fixed. In fact, I had tried a new product awhile back on a gorgeous dresser I re-did for our booth, with fantastic results, so I wasn’t worried at all.
Actually, because I’d shared my progress a few times on Facebook, I decided to do a quick Facebook live video [click here], sharing the hiccup and giving you a good look at the bleed-through, and then again after the clear furniture primer was applied. It wasn’t pretty. Not the worst I’ve dealt with, but not white, as intended.
After applying my clear primer (according to the directions on the can), and letting it dry overnight, this is how it looked the next day. Yuck.
Having used the clear furniture primer from Maison Blanche before, thankfully, I wasn’t surprised, and continued on. I want to add something here, that I really like about this fix, is that it’s water-based… and I don’t feel sick to my stomach after using it. Some of the stain covers are so strong, I can hardly stand to use them. I din’t experience that with this, and I like the quick clean up too.
Okay, back to my project… I quickly began re-painting the table, first with my grey, letting that shade dry, then re-applying my final layer of white, again, careful not to cover every little bit. I wanted a peek of grey, and that layered look.
And now… It’s layered all right!
And all that bleed through is long gone!
I’m extra loving the table my husband made, now that it’s wearing it’s new paint.
A little color is fun sometimes, but white will always be my first love for furniture. Do you remember my navy coffee table ? It’s safely tucked away down at The Little Cottage right now, but it’s first makeover, was you guessed it… white.
Maybe I’ll swap them around over Summer, but for now, the white is just right!
The living room is still wearing it’s after-Christmas decor that I shared in the Cozy Winter Living Room post. There are lots of pillows & throws for snuggling up!
I may have added a few sparkly pillows too. Just a few. And some fur. But who’s counting?
It feels nice and bright in here when the sun is out on these Winter days, and calm and cozy when it’s not.
You’d never know the top and bottom boards were so discolored now!
The decor is simple, and un-fussy right now. I feel like it more closely mimics the starkness of the season. Well… if we had snow. haha. Who am I kidding, we are surrounded by evergreens. It’s feels calm and zen though… and I like it!
I’ve got my fav lil “farmhouse” read tucked right there for easy browsing. Have you read it? So many sweet and simple ideas. A few I’ve tried, and there are some great news ones as well!!
My hope is sincere, that this post might help you fix a future project that has a hiccup, without feeling to overwhelmed or upset when it happens. Because now you know there is stuff out there to make it all better. No tears necessary.
PS: this isn’t a sponsored post, just thought I’d share my experience with the product with ya!
- Maison Blanche Paint Company: Clear Furniture Primer, Vintage Furniture Paint in Magnolia, French Lime Paint in White Pepper, Matter Varnish, 2 inch flat brush
- Rug: RugsUSA Maui Chunky Loop in Bleached
- Pillows: Sequin, Wool PopPom, Ruffled Euro White, Fur – from my HomeGoods hoard
- Table: DIY/Handmade
- A Touch Of Farmhouse Book: Find It Here affiliate link