…video short: applying shellac

Do you have a moment of panic when you see little pink dots coming through your paint? Do you rush to paint over them to no avail? This is called bleed-through and no amount of Chalk Paint or furniture paint will cover it.

Bleed-through is what happens when you are painting a piece of furniture built in the 1930s or 1940s. I can almost tell immediately if I am going to have this issue with a piece. You will get to know the style and type of wood that causes it.


What you need to do with bleed-through is to apply shellac. You can apply it on raw wood or you can apply it when/if you see bleed-through. What I did not realize is how quickly one can re-paint a piece after applying shellac. I’m taking minutes, Guys.

Here is a Video Short that I did on the process:


  1. Christy says:

    Christen- I have found that Sherwin Williams “White Pigmented Shellac Primer” works better than regular shellac, in covering woods such as mahogany or pine, which tend to bleed through more than other woods. One quick coat and you are done….no need to apply a second coat. Have you ever tried it? Here is a link to the product: http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/products/catalog/white-pigmented-shellac-primer/

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