Has there been a time when you are minding your own business, painting an older, vintage dresser or the like using Old White and you see pink dots come through?! Then you put on a second coat thinking you are just going to be able to cover it up and the pink has come through again?! Akkkk!
Bahlia Love Akerele is a stockist in Silver Spring, MD that owns a consignment store called On The Purple Couch. She reached out to befriend me a few years ago and has been so lovely & supportive. In one of my posts I mentioned having this bleeding issue and she emailed me with a cure! Here is her advice in her own words…
“Ok so the issue with ‘bleed through’ (a yellowing or pinkish stain that won’t die after painting no matter what) is common when it comes to certain pieces whose previous finish was a stain that is not colorfast ( aprox. pieces from 1930-1940) or from pieces whose wood has tannins that have not been sealed, also certain wood (oak as an example). Bleed through can happen most often when using Old White, Pure White or some of the lighter colors in Chalk Paint® decorative paints.
No amount of covering up the paint will stop the ‘bleed through’.”
“Usually an application of clear shellac 1 or 2 coats on the piece will seal the stain and you can go on painting. ( shellac has a self life 6-9 month) You can put it right on top of your paint and continue once it’s dry.”
I have never used shellac, but have found it in a spray applicator. Next piece it happens with I’ll post. I’ve also been able to predict a bit what pieces will have this issue. If your wood is slightly tinted red or looks like a reddish wood stain, you may have this bleeding issue. Be warned! If you anticipate this problem and do not want to deal with the Shellac, then use a dark color. I have found that this does not let any bleed through.