Hi there everyone!
I have something I am pretty excited to share today with you.
Today I am sharing painting furniture with KILZ HIDE-ALL
KILZ® HIDE-ALL™ primer is a high hiding, fast drying, multi-surface latex primer sealer formulated to minimize problems caused by dark colors, minor surface marks, textures and porosity differences.
Ready to brush, roll or spray.
We have all heard of KILZ primer. Been around for years.
Basically KILZ is a wall primer to cover up existing paint, perhaps mostly darker color pigments on your walls.
I decided to take KILZ to a new level. I have never seen this done before and hoping it may be a new way for all you painting furniture lovers to try.
Did I mention how inexpensive a 2 Gallon tub was?
2 gallons is a whole lot of paint and can cover a ton of furniture projects.
So when the brain storm hit me, I ran out to Lowe’s home improvement.
Let me first say the fellow at the Paint counter was extremely helpful (chatty) and very knowledgable with mixing and tinting colors.
He said I was the first to ever ask for KILZ HIDE-ALL to be tinted with a swatch color.
I chose Pantone Universe Citrus.
My first swatch was in the red family. However, the paint expert at Lowe’s did sway me in another direction.
He was concerned with the pigment perhaps being too pinkish. I agreed and went on to another color choice.
The color I went with is cheery and bright and jumped off the swatch shelf at me.
I will say honestly, the color is NOT spot on. But I told the fellow upfront, I was not too concerned with it being exact.
He added the tint to the 2 gallon twice. I am almost wondering if a third time would have been spot on.
I do love the end result color and that is all that mattered to me.
You see that is a huge TUB of paint right there. I could probably paint 20 pieces of furniture or more.
You remember this shelf ladder I shared with you when we painted our kitchen recently?
Cheapo Walmart piece.
Which was perfect. I am all about budget decorating and trying to change things up without breaking the bank around here.
Totally modern, and NOT our style. But I knew early on this piece was getting a complete makeover.
In fact, I am pretty certain this piece is all particle board, not wood. Could be laminate. It was smooth and shiny. YUK!
This was the first coat of KILZ HIDE-All tinted hide-all I brushed on.
Was I nervous about this project?
No not at all, it’s only paint and worse case scenario, I would go over it with something else if this was a fail.
Fail it was NOT.
When my husband came home from work that evening, he walked in the kitchen and literally said
nuff said there.
Rustic, worn, and old looking, just like the vision of sugar plums in my head.
Two coats of paint
and one coat of dark wax.
Then lightly distressed.
And I now have a kitchen ladder shelf that is useful and all my
junk in one spot.
I think it looks perfect in our Summer kitchen.
In fact, I believe the color I chose will go with all four seasons.
So in closing, my thoughts…with all the rage of expensive chalk paints, chalky paints, etc…I won’t mention any names because most of us know.
The KILZ HIDE-ALL did just the same end result imo. I have used the other paints many times so I can with all honesty make that claim.
This is a sponsored post by KILZ. However, all opinions and ideas are my own. I hope they like:)
Thanks for stopping over today. If you are not a regular I sure hope you become one. I am always up to something fun and try to be a different.
Well, I don’t try too hard to be different, I am known for an odd ball 🙂
Or even a wild card!!
Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
That turned out beautifully, Debbie…perfect for your room!
I love the color–I think it is perfect. Looks great in your kitchen…
Thank you Sandy!
It looks great Debbie I love the color choice:)
Thanks Dawn, it is sunny:)
I’m definitely trying this. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.
Wow, I love the color and how you made it fit in so well in the kitchen area. Great job.
Looking good Debbie. Love the color it is perfect for you.
What a fantastic idea that is truly amazing and cheap OMG I have to do this on something I mean your not only painting your priming that is awesome Debbie dues where did you come from
Looks great and who knew?
Beautiful Debbie. You are such an inspiration with your creativity and budget friendly approach to making your home what you love. Thanks for sharing, it is just beautiful.
Thank you Peggy:)
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
Okay, I’m with your hubby, Debbie ~ Wow! That looks fantastic! I never would have thought to ask to put color into primer, but with the coverage you got, I will definitely give this a try down the road. Yes, Kilz has been around a long time and I think every time we have needed to use primer we have used theirs. Nicely done! : )
Yes, I would say give it a try for sure. It works!!!
I’m very impressed! Looks great. Can you use any color?? -Bev
Hi Bev, I would say most certainly you could. I do mention the paint associate did sway me away from reds. He felt it may come out too pinkish in tone.
That turned out great, Debbie. I have used Kilz products for years and would recommend it to anyone. It is a wonderful product- xo Diana
I LOVE the color! And you’re so innovative!
What a wonderful piece of sunshine! I love yellow pieces in the kitchen! This project turned out perfect!
It looks great! I never heard of this paint, I will have to check this out,
This is another super great bit of information. I am all over this! I have Kilz on hand and we have a date tomorrow to do a table. I think I can mix a small amount of Kilz with paint I have on hand. Thanks again.
You sure can! Have fun, let me know how it turns out. The wax is definitely the key to finishing any furniture painting project imo.
I’d like to try this method on a night stand but have never done a project like this. How did you apply the wax? Complete novice here…
I used a regular paint brush and then and old t-shirt to wipe it down. It’s really just that simple. I always say, if I can do it, you can do it:)
Thanks for the wonderful hint and idea. We bought a Fishing Camp and I am not at all happy with the kitchen cabinets color. You have given me a great idea on painting them. Think I will tackle those and really soon!
Another great job and idea from Debbie……..<3 it
Diane @ The Checkered Apple
Great post! Love the tinted Kilz and how it really transformed the inexpensive shelf!
Daniela @frugal ain't cheap
turned out great! I have used a white high hiding primer to paint a desk, and amazingly, the primer does resemble the chalky paint, and it’s thick. I think the shelf turned out great!
This is a very nice project! Love the color too! Just an a friendly FYI for anyone considering tinting most any primer. Please do not expect to tint primer to a color that you pick off of a color swatch. There is not enough room in primer cans/containers to fit that much colorant into it. You will end up with a lighter version of what you want. Also, if you add too much colorant to this or any paint, it will not dry properly. I am an associate in the paint dpt at Lowe’s.
Thank you so much! Yes I do indicate the color was not spot on, however still very happy with it. Never thought about the size of the container, good point! Thanks for letting us know that April.
Tell me more about the wax finish… I have a piece I am wanting to redo/paint, but I’ve only ever used oil based paint… Thanks!
You can use any was finish. I believe Minwax is carried at Lowes or Home depot and that works just as well.
Wow, that came out great! I agree, it’s a four-season color!
What a change! It turned out really good! Amazing what a good coat of paint can do!
Wow! It turned out beautiful and I just love the cheerful color! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much Lisa!
Debbie, I’m late getting around here so I don’t know if you’ll see this, but WOW is right. I love the finished look, and the price is fabulous.
Now, I know I’m showing my utter stupidity here, but can the “hide all” also work on walls, or is it supposed to be for other pieces? I think what I’m reading here is that your idea to use it on furniture is a unique one, but I’m not sure.
I’m hoping to redo my daughters dark red bedroom in the fall, and that will include getting rid of very dark RED walls.
I am so surprised to learn you could add tint to Kilz. Also glad to know someone else did the experimenting. At 73 years old I like to know that it is going to work,the first time I try. Keep up the good work. I love your blog.
Thanks Jane! I appreciate your kind words and taking the time to stop over today!
wow wow wow,, i have to try this. Never thought of tinting kilz primer. Brilliant Debbie!
I have been thinking about the same thing lately, using primer instead of chalk paint. I think at Ben Moore they will tint their primer in the colour you choose. I just used the Fresh Start primer tinted in Grimmey’s grey that a friend had left over and one coat has great coverage. Not exactly sure how much the quart size can is, maybe $25-30 in Canada compared to $50 for the chalk paint that can only be purchased at one stockist in my city of Edmonton.
I love this!! So do you think it would do a good job for kitchen cabinets? I want to redo my kitchen ,but on a budget.
I would say absolutely…however as I mention the wax is essential for the end result.
If this was used on polyurethaned cabinets would it it keep you from sanding them like the chalk paint does? I am blessed with a huge kitchen with site built bead board cabinets (YEA!) but they are stained an awful color and I am planning on painting them- but I REALLY don’t want to sand all of them!! This would be much cheaper and I could buy locally instead of ordering paint and choosing the color from an internet swatch (scary for such expensive paint!!) I really enjoy your blog and all your ideas- you are my kind of decorator!!
Thank you Caroline. That is a great question, and because this was my first time using it, I am not sure. However, if I was to take a chance and a risk, I first would do a test area. If you plan on painting them anyway, then you can just do a test panel perhaps on one not in visible site. I would guess YES, it will work. Just remember regardless you are going to have to finish it off with wax. Whether you use Annie Sloan, Maison Blance or minwax you have to use the wax to finish it and get that final look and smooth finish. Do you plan on distressing them as well?
Debbie, There is a little paint sprayer that you can order from Amazon that is called a Critter Sprayer. It fits on top of a mason jar and there are no adjustments. Cheap and easy to clean after you finish painting. You can store unused paint in the jar by placing lid on it.
Cool! I will have to check it out.
Would this need to be sealed with wax or could I use a polycrylic finish? Also, how did it look without distressing? I must admit that I’m not always a fan of the distressed look in my own home, so I typically don’t do it.
It didn’t look great without distressing. Just like IMO using chalk paint without distressing does not look great either.You could use poly if you like. But I think the wax works better with this finish as well.
I love the idea of the KILZ paint. I am certainly going to try it.. Can I use anything other than wax to seal it? I just bought a gallon, painting my bedroom , which is not my favorite thing to do… Lol
Not sure Susan. The wax really did the trick for me and it made the paint less dull and chalky looking.
Not so much before-and-after pictures as two completely different ladders!! Gotta get me some of that Kilz!!