11 May 2011

Kilz Clean Start Primer and a Giveaway---CLOSED!

I was contacted a month ago to see if I'd be willing to try Kilz Clean Start Primer...and giveaway a starter kit to one of my readers.  It took me about 5 seconds to say, yes please!  (Please know this review is my honest opinion, and all words are my own.  I was not compensated beyond receiving the primer to use.)


I was intrigued because when I repaired and repainted our half bath, I used the tried and true regular oil based Kilz primer.  My papa always used Kilz primer, and so that's what I've always used for my small DIY projects.  There are two big draw backs to the original formula.  #1, it's oil based which makes for tricky clean up.  #2, it works great but stinks, literally.  I used the Kilz Clean Start Primer for two different projects.


I built a floating shelf, using Jessica's modification of Ana's tutorial.  The half bath needed some storage...any storage!  After filling all the screw and nail holes, using wood filler for the gaps, and sanding A LOT, I was ready to prime.


The primer went on very smoothly.  One thing you need to understand about primer, it is okay for a bit of wood to show through.  This is normal.


The primer dried quickly, and I then applied two coats of paint to match the trim in the bathroom.  It took longer to wait for the paint to dry!  While it did dry, I installed the guts of the shelf to the bathroom wall studs.


Once the shelf was dry, it was a little tricky to slide it over the the supports.  Trust me it's not going anywhere!


Here's how it looks with the baskets to hold tp, and cleaning supplies.  The metal canister holds borax for cleaning the toilet.


I have been so pleased with how my shelf turned out!

The second project was more tedious and time consuming.  As you may have guessed, the previous owners did not take great care of this house.  There were several places where the woodwork was damaged, and then there were the holes left from removing the ugly vertical blinds.  Since all the woodwork was painted with an oil based paint, I was advised to prime the areas prior to painting.  Kilz Clean Start Primer to the rescue!


To repair the woodwork, I rebuilt the missing portions with wood filler and filled in holes and cracks with spackle.  Then, I primed each area, and finally painted the problems.  The results are not perfect or in original condition...but they look a ton better!

Chipped paint on exterior door:


Holes from removed blinds:


Rebuilt and repainted door casing:


Conclusion...I  love this primer!  It works great, does not stink up my house (it's even less smelly than latex paint), and I would heartily recommend it.

Would you like to try some too?  I thought so!  I get to giveaway a starter kit to one lucky reader.  We have to limit the giveaway to US residents because we're shipping a can of paint.  To enter, leave a comment on this post.  Simple and easy.  Please be sure to include your email address so I can notify the winner.  The giveaway will end May 31, 3011.  Winner will be chosen via random.org.  Good luck!  

39 happy thoughts:

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Ooo! I'm in :) Your shelf looks fantastic, Chris. Love it!

imkate said...

I also love Kilz Primers. I already have a project in mind for a brand new can....by the way, love the circle pattern on the wall behind the shelf- is it a stencil? raspberrywater800@yahoo.com

Designer Dez said...

This project looks like a great DIYer! (Absolutely beautiful wall art as well!) Thanks for sharing the opportunity for us to get in on the action! :)

Sandy said...

We are moving into a new house that has a lot of fix-ups to do also. I could really use this... thanks for the giveaway!

Alexa said...

This looks perfect. I have a small backlog of painting projects that I was going to wait on...I'm 8 months preggo. But no VOCs means I could use it!

Impera_Magna said...

YEA!!! ...for non-stinky primer! I have a front door that needs repainting and is currently painted in an oil-based paint!

Amy C said...

I love your shelf and what you put on it! I never knew there was such a thing as non-stinky primer. That would be fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win!

holly p said...

Based on the amount of painting we've been doing lately...I think this would be a great thing to win :)

Diane said...

I am fixing to re-do my kitchen cabinents and this primer would really come in handy!

blurose_in_ok said...

Oh goodie, I amk ready to paint!
blurose_in_ok (@) yahoo.com

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

Ooh! I would love to win this giveaway!

JanetE said...

Please enter me for the giveaway. Thank you so much for your tips and inspiration!

Sheila said...

We are in the process of buying a house, and a lot of painting is in our future. I would love to win!

NW Homesteader said...

I would love to win this! We bought a total fixer upper and I am a firm believer in kilz, but I can't breathe when I use it! My husband would love it if I could prime and paint too :)
alklong at hotmail dot com

Rebecca said...

What a fun giveaway! Thanks for the chance. Your shelf looks fabulous and I still love your bathroom walls.

searchingoutsimple at comcast dot net

Marsha said...

I have seen this used a lot. Looks like it works really well. I would love to win. Thanks, Marsha (marshabstevens@gmail.com)

rickimoo said...

Just what I need cause I want to try the bathroom counter top make over I will need this.

AmberBecht said...

Love your shelf, would be great in our tiny bathroom

amberbecht@yahoo.com

Susan @ Second Chances by Susan said...

I'm looking to repaint the ceramic tiles in our bathroom floor and need to start with a really good primer. This would be great! onethriftygal@gmail.com

Cam said...

Thanks to you, I am really itching to do some repainting of my furniture and desperately need primer.

msmia_mia@yahoo.com

Jacqueline said...

I love painting myself! I do it almost everyday! I also go through primer like crazy!
simplehomelife@gmail.com

Janet said...

What a neat giveaway!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

www.iheartmygluegun.com

Nydia@evolutionofhome.blogspot.com said...

I want! Gimme gimme.

Loui♥ said...

Yep..
definitely need some!!
hugs..
Loui♥
louiewindom@gmai.com

Heathery said...

I'd love to give this a try!
myheehaw at hotmail dot com

Paula Robinson said...

Awesome! I'm about to go on a painting frenzie - would love this stuff!

Kristin said...

I hope to win, we are doing tons of projects around our house, Im sure Id put it to use!

Lexi said...

oh i sure need this. i use kilz on most of my projects involving paint. thanks for sharing your review!!!

Jessabells said...

My husband swears by Kilz and will not use any other brand of primer. Thanks for the chance!

Jessica
www.jessabellstamps.blogspot.com
jspara324@gmail.com

teampr8 said...

I would love to try this!

booksphotographsandartwork said...

wow! How about coming to my house next? It all turned out great. Thanks for sharing about the Kilz. Love the idea of no stink.

Lytles said...

I would love to try this primer! Your projects look great!
thelytles@hotmail.com

Brandy said...

Count me in! :) I might actually paint something if I don't hae to deal with that nasty smell!!

Tiffany said...

I'm still stuck that you installed the shelf yourself. Madd Skills! I need some. And yes, please pick me. I am a painting animal.

Mandy said...

Awesome! I'm about to paint a bed I'm building (loft bed, from Ana's site), and would love a head start on priming it!

Grammy Goodwill said...

This would be such a great practical gift. Thanks for the chance to win.

catnap said...

Thanks for the useful review of a product I wasn't familiar with. I've certainly used Kilz before, so I know its drawbacks. I'm impressed with your DIY skills, too. I wear the toolbelt in our house and I'm always learning new skills.

Mandy said...

My husband and I are building our own bed, and it would be great to use this on it. :-) Thanks for sharing!
mandyluhn(at)gmail(dot)com.

Erin said...

dude! i love your shelf! i would also love to try some primer!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...