Sharing how this paneling went from dark red gloss to bright white. Horizontal paneling adds great architectural dimension and we’re lucky to have it already installed in the kids play room BUT it was painted red.
And too much red is not a good thing.
There’s red paint all over this house – the exterior is classic barn red and we love it:
But the red family room, which is above the play room, will be painted including the railings and handrail:
And the bazillion reddish kitchen cabinets will also be painted:
Back down in the play room the white is fresh, clean and makes the space look twice as big:
Covering up all the red only took 4 coats of paint, no complaints because I love the results:
And people please don’t paint your outlets!
In this case I can understand, the previous owners had cream outlets and painted them red so I had all the outlets changed to white:
The white paint really highlights the black door hardware and you still get a bit of red coming from the painted windows:
I started painting the stair risers but I have yet to tackle the vertical paneling going upstairs:
Here’s how to paint over red paint:
1. Start by sanding everything:
2. Cut in with oil based primer. I recommend Zinsser cover stain.
White primer is great when trying to cover red, it will highlight all the nicks and nail holes you forgot to spackle and most importantly it will reveal any left over carpet glue:
3. Use a blade scraper to remove the old carpet glue:
4. Use a 2″ angled brush to cut in with the primer into all the crevices and tight corners:
5. Then go over the large areas with a 6″ foam roller:
6. After two coats of primer we’re ready for paint:
7. Repeat the same process, cutting in and rolling with two coats of Benjamin Moore semi gloss white:
And the red paint is completely covered.