We've just installed an entire wall of kitchen cabinets in knotty pine
(couldn't find any other type of pine, and hardwood prices are out of
When you look at it from the corner of your eye, it feels like the wall
is covered with a giant leopard skin. NOT the look we were after.
Is there a way to mask SOME of the knots before we varnish the whole
thing in natural or honey-pine finish?
I see we have another Bob S. fresh to the group....;-)
Actually, there is something besides painting that he can do with stains to
lessen the effect. It's a bit of work but you can use some gel stains
and/or a mixture of artists paints (acrylics) to "reduce" the knot from
standing out so much by blending in some colors and "feathering" it to make
them appear smaller and less obtrusive. It will take some practice to get
the colors mixed right and then practice the blending. You're only staining
the knot - not the surrounding wood so you'll be trying to make it lighter
looking (less obtrusive to the eye) and not painting it out entirely.
Good idea, if the knots will take any stain. There are people who paint
fake woodgrain, why not paint out knots.
What about bleaching the knots? He could try a thinned down bleach or
peroxide on just the knots. Test it on scrap first.
I know someone who has a knotty (not naughty) cedar wall and it looks
great. The OP might want to give it a few weeks and see if he grows to
like the knots.
Well, you COULD rout out the knots, and put in dutchman patches.
That would be less obtrusive than the knots. But I agree that
a coat of shellac and then paint is probably the best bet.
Although I'm not sure how knotty pine will stand up to the
humidity cycles in a kitchen. You may end up having to
patch the knots over the years as they pop out, anyway.
I see we have new Bob S. posting in the group...
I posted earlier but for whatever reason it didn't make it thru. I noticed
the OP cross-posted his question to several groups and maybe that's where my
reply went instead of here.
Paint is certainly an option but he could also use gel stains and/or artists
paints to lighten the knots and blend them in by feathering the stain to
lessen their presence.
I completely agree with the suggestion to use a stain killer primer (aka
Kilz). Knotty pine is RICH with oils that will bleed thru almost any
other type of paint, stain, or primer. For a smooth finish AFTER the
stain killer primer is applied, use a wood filler.
That's why they call it KNOTTY pine.
WTF did you use knotty pine for if it's knot what you wanted.
I understand not being able to readily find other material locally
but you could have oredred it from SOMEWHERE.
Didn't you look at it before it was installed?
You're knot being very understanding. LD did knot want to hear that
there was knot a thing that could be done. Why could you knot have
suggested a knot removing tool?
Its knot that LD did knot want the pine to be knotty, LD just did knot
want it to be as knotty as it is. If you looked at things from the
corner of your eye as LD does you would knot have such a hard time
seeing things as they really are and knot how your percieve them.
Are you saying that "Knotty-but-Knot-too-Knotty" Pine should have been
spec'd for the cabinets, instead of the regular "Chock-Full-o-Knots"
variety? Or would "Semi-Clear-Yet-Knot-Too-Expensive" Pine have been a
You could always dutchman in some clear pine. 'Twould look worse, but it
would eliminate the knots.
i agree, there is no way to remove knots that won't look worse than the
knots themselves. i suggest polyurethane, then live with it for 6
months. sometimes things that bother you at first will be soon
forgotten. if it still bugs you, paint them or whatever.
RayV (in email@example.com) said:
| You're knot being very understanding. LD did knot want to hear that
| there was knot a thing that could be done. Why could you knot have
| suggested a knot removing tool?
Know knead - just untie 'em...
[Yes, yes - I was just leaving.]
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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