Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Painting Over Orange ~ Help!

My husband has been wanting tray tables since we moved and gave our son the tray tables we had for his apartment.  He especially likes them during football season so he can eat and watch the game.  I had been intermittently looking and, serves me right for taking so long, he found them himself and came walking in through the garage door one day holding two of these.


My first words ~ “You are NOT bringing orange tables in my house, are you?”.  Quick as ever, he said, “but they won’t be orange when you get done painting them.”  Well, what can you say at that point!   Unfortunately, whenever I look at them the words “bleed through” keep coming to mind, so I haven’t started on them yet.


I could use a little help on this one.  Not having painted anything before that had bleed through potential, what might those of you who have dealt with bleed through suggest I use first?  I would like to use chalk paint for the actual paint, but know I need to put something on them first.  Should it be Kilz, shellac, some other kind of primer?  Chalk paint is great, but I know that some bloggers have had bleed through issues even using that.


Thank you in advance!  And, since football season has started, my husband will thank you!


Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I don't have any suggestions, Kathy, other than to prime them first. I'll be back to read what others have said!

Okio B Designs said...

Lol, funniest post ever and I could picture your face seeing them when he first walked in.


Sonny G said...

ouch the dreaded ORANGE lol.

I've painted a few goodwill Orange tables and my trick it::
pour out a cup of primer and add 7 drops of green food coloring to it- stir and keep stiring till its fully blended.. coat is well on the O piece- let dry. Now you can paint whatever color you like without any O bleed..
I need a couple of those myself:)
good luck

Our Hopeful Home said...

Hi Kathy. Yes, I'd use Kilz or any other indoor primer, in whatever color goes best with the chalk paint color you'll be using, and preferably in spray form (just because it's easier). If you use primer I don't think you'll have any bleed through problems. Honestly, if you were going to use any paint other than chalk paint, I'd say not to even bother using a primer as long as you were willing to do multiple coats for the best coverage.
xo Kathleen

Debbie said...

I've actually painted things with a hue not much less orange than that, and I didn't have bleed through issues. My bleed through problems have mainly come with a light cover over something with a red undertone like cherry or mahogany.

I would go ahead and use a coat of kilz over it all first if you are worried about it, though. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

(And isn't it nice that your husband has such confidence in you? I liked that part!)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kathy I would use the spray on primer then paint them with chalk paint. What color are you planning on painting them?

Kathleen said...

Must be my screen, but they are not orange, they look like oak. I guess you don't like oak! But that's ok, I don't like painted furniture. :)
Good luck, I am sure you know exactly what to do with them. I gave mine away years ago too.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, This is so funny. They will be great when you paint them. LOL
What I do is a light sand first then prime them and let cure over night then proceed with your chalk paint.

Deco Americana also sells a primer for this very purpose. It works like a charm for bleed through.
But at the end, try a spot under the table with your varnish or wax before you start on the top. Even sometime the bleed through can happen at this point when you use the sealer. You may have to skip that part, but being they will be used a lot~~ It would be best to seal.

Have fun, looking forward to seeing the finish.
Happy painting!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I agree with Martina...I am working on an armoire that the former owner did not use a primer..just a latex paint and as I tried to distress it, the paint came off in sheets...so I had to repaint the entire piece!...

Anonymous said...

Kathy, when I attended Annie Sloan's tour she recommended Shellac for bleed through. I have used Kilz or various paint primers and still have experienced bleed though. Usually, the issues I've had were with 1930-40's mahogany though. Good luck!

Becca Bertotti said...

Hey there ... I'd definitely just use one of your favorite primers, and you'll be good to go ... promise!

Dan@retrooregon,com said...

We paint many things with chalkpaint and whenever we suspect bleed through, we use a coat or two of Zinsser Spray Shellac and have no problems.

Works great for orange or mahogany - a notorious "bleeder"!

Hope this is helpful!

Sue @ Serendipity Vintage Furnishings

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I'm with ya sure don't like orange in my house except at Halloween! I love chalk paint and it does cover well. You could also use Kilz before painting to guarantee no bleed through.

Jacqueline said...

I love spray primers too. These will be fun when you finish with them!

vivian said...

You'll figure it out and they will be perfect when youre done. I have great faith in you! I say prime them with some grey primer first and then you should be good to go with any color you want.
I need to get a few of those too.. Ive been saying that for YEARS! lol!
happy Wednesday!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Well I am no painting expert, as you well know.......but I love this story.

I think you have trained your husband well. Now the big question is: did he get a great BARGAIN too?

So, is he a Buckeye fan? Weird how Cleveland doesn't seem to be and neither is Cincinnati - that game in on 27th so I can see why they wouldn't be this year....but are you guys fans?

I cannot WAIT to see what you do with those tables, you are the paintin QUEEN~ always ♥ your creations!

chateau chic said...

Sounds like Sonny has a good solution. I may need to copy that down myself for future reference.
Mary Alice

Karen said...

Those are really nice trays, some people use shellac to prevent bleed through. I used a coat of wax and then primer over that on some dark cherry furniture legs that I recently painted. No bleed through so I guess it worked. Good luck with your painting, they're going to look great.

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

I'd probably just use a spray primer for those tables. If they were the old mahogany stuff, I'd go with shellac. If you're painting them a dark color, use the gray primer so you don't need as many coats of paint. Can't wait to see what you did with them!

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