Friday, May 8, 2009

Why I always, always, ALWAYS use primer.

Now I always, always, ALWAYS use primer. Back in the day (even a year ago) I sometimes skipped this step. (Check out my very first post on this blog...)
I sanded this island within an inch of it's life. I'm not kidding. Then I used liquid sander. You see what still happened when I started taking off the molding yesterday?:
Peeled. right. off. Oh well, I'm redoing the island anyway, and I'm almost done. I LOVE IT PEOPLE!!

I'm hoping to finish painting it tomorrow, but for now, it involved some of this...And some of this...


Oh baby, my nail gun is going to be soooo jealous of you my sweet, sweet Lovely.

I hope to post the finished island this weekend. And yes, it is something you can do. And yes, it's easy. AND YES, it's cheap. (As long as you don't buy a $110 miter saw in the process.)


  1. I can't wait to see the finished product. That is something I would like to do in the future. I've had peeling paint before on projects that I didn't prime. We learn from those painful mistakes though don't we?? Have a great Mother's day:)

  2. Peeling paint scares me. That looks bad. I can't wait to see the finished project. Your projects always turn out wonderful. Hugs, Marty BTW Happy Mothers Day.

  3. I think I might need to get my "husband" a miter saw for "Father's Day".... ; )

  4. Oh no! I had an armoire that did the same thing. I've learned to always use primer too. I am looking forward to seeing your island. We just finished our kitchen island! Also I used your instructions for easy roman shades on the shades in our new kitchen remodel. You saved me so much time and money! I love them! Thanks!

  5. I'm so sorry! I remember how stressed you were about this. I can't wait to see your redo. And it's comforting to know there are others out there who redo a project at least once a year. It makes me feel a little more "normal".

    Have a great Mother's Day!

  6. That tool looks dangerous! It looks like something that firefighters use to cut people out of cars. I'll stick to the little things and thanks for the tip on using primer.

  7. Holy cow! You are the woman!! MY husband has one of those big saw things just like that, and it scares the bejeezes out of me!!! I didn't use primer on the piece I featured in my Thursday post, and it's gonna do the same thing with the paint as your island, I am sure. ;)

  8. I found your blog last night and I am just in love with it! I am getting ideas galore (I'm in the middle of remodeling so this is a good thing:-) Thank you, thank you, thank you! Everything you post is inspiring (and humorous, too, which I love!)

  9. You have no idea how giddy I am right now. I went out last weekend and purchased a bunch of trim pieces to "beef" up my island. I'm just too nervous to get started!! I can't WAIT to see what you do!

  10. Oh, I have SO been there, done that! Isn't it painful when the paint does that?
    But, it looks like you really mean business right now. So get those goggles on, start up that mean-looking power tool, prime that baby up, and VOILA! Best of luck to you on your project!


  11. Ah, primer! The first room I painted in our last house was the nursery. Before I started, I came across a quote from Debbie Travis stating that no primer is needed if the colour being painted is of a similar shade/tone to the old paint. So I didn't use primer. That paint has so many scratches from furniture and things innocently touching it. I've used primer ever since.

    Good luck with your island makeover!

  12. That is what our kitchen and bathroom cabinets were like when we moved into this house. The people before us painted right over the maple with no prep and you could just sit and peel it off.

    Luckily, I had them repainted!

    Good luck with the island! I can't wait to see the finished look.

  13. You know .... I don't think we can ever have too many reminders about the importance of using primer. I know I need it from time to time .. always thinking maybe I could save a little time just once.

    Maybe you could rent out your new miter saw and recoup the $110!!!

  14. Thanks for stopping by. I originally checked your blog out b/c of the title I can't stay away! ;)

  15. I never prime... and I'm supposed to be a professional. I always use a paint from Benjamin Moore called "Metal and Wood Paint". It comes in a latex premixed black and is "self-priming".

    We TSP to clean, lightly sand and paint away. Have never had a problem yet.

    Can't wait to see your island!

  16. Mmmmmm... Compound mitre saw (said in Homor Simson doughnut-coveting voice). I got one for Christmas several years ago. Awesome!

  17. I like Magic Brushes idea of using a self priming paint. I'm not very good about prep work, but my husband is, so I let him do that.
    Hope you have a very Happy Mother's Day.

  18. I LOVE your blog and everything you do with molding! I'm in the process of picking paint for our living/dining/entryway that has GINORMOUS ceilings, and was wondering what paint colors you've used in the rooms that you've featured here... like in your master br, and the living room? Love it all!

  19. Can't wait to see the finished results! Happy Mother's Day!

  20. I am guilty for not priming...ever...

    I guess my turn to learn will come eventually...until then, lazy I will be ;)

    Cannot wait to see what you do!

  21. Hi Sarah,
    Very interesting. I have never seen paint peel off like that.
    I can't wait to see the island makeover.

    Have a blessed and beautiful Mother's Day.
    ~Melissa :)

  22. Hi Sarah :)

    I hear you on the primer! The people that previously owned our house didn't use ANY! Now all the latex paint is coming off the oil based paint on all the trim in our house ... ugh. I have A LOT of sanding ahead of me.

    I can't wait to see your island :)

    Happy Mother's Day!

  23. Primer is definitely a key step when painting - it's totally worth the extra time.

  24. I just found your blog! I love it, so many tips and you also make it look so simple, definetly going to steal some ideas :D


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