Sunday, September 8, 2013

Painting Mistake #9483294829

AghhhhHHHHHhhhhh!!!!!!! Here we go again. I think I have more posts now on painting mistakes than I do on painting tips. Oh well, such is life.

So, we are working on building built-in cabinets in our kitchen around the refrigerator (super excited!) We have the basic frame built and decided to prime before installing the shelves/trim/etc. because it would give us easier access to the nooks in the crannies in the back of the unit. So far, so good.

(And yes, many more posts on this project coming soon!)


In all of our PAST projects, we've used Kilz primer and its worked incredibly well. It stinks to high heaven when you are applying it, but the smell usually dissipates very quickly as it dries, and it dries within a few hours. (The label even says it is dry within the hour) Works for us!



Until the lady with pregnancy brain is the one sent to Home Depot, and buys a different version of Killz than we've used in the past!

Instead of buying the Kilz 2 Latex Primer (on right), I bought Kilz Complete (on left).


I should have been tipped off when Evan started telling me how it was going on better than he ever remembered (I guess thats the pro! Evan thought it went on thicker and smoother)

HOWEVER, the stuff stinks. LIKE REALLY REALLY REALLY STINKS!

Of course I kept my distance and was upstairs or outside during the afternoon while he was working, but I remember thinking as he was finishing priming that it smelled faintly stronger than I remembered. (Of course I chalked it up to my heightened sense of smell... at first...) But come 10:30 at night when we needed to close the windows on the first floor before heading up to bed, the smell became CONSUMING and I could start smelling it upstairs. Well, that was an instant deal breaker for me so at 10:45 we packed our bags and headed to my in-laws to sleep. Being pregnant, I'm not taking a any chances! 

Now its Sunday and we have every window open in the house and every fan we own blowing at high speed. Still, Tuckie (the dog) and I are on the deck enjoying the fresh air and I think this is where we will be parked until heading back to my in-laws again tonight! The room STILL stinks but it is getting much, much better.



Why the difference? I think it all comes down to the fact Kilz complete is oil based and the Kilz 2 we usually use is Latex (and water based). We've only ever used Latex paints before in our house projects and I would absolutely stick to them going forward. Even though they say oil based primer is more durable and smoother, we've had such good experiences with the Kilz latex paint in previous projects that without a doubt any benefits of using an oil based primer are outweighed by the terrible smell issue! I'm sooooo mad I didn't look closer at the label! I don't know what I was thinking.... Oh well, lesson learned. Again!

For more posts on my painting mistakes, go here: 


  • Painting Tips I've Learned from Mistakes I've Made
  • Fixing Another Design Mistake
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