I started by sanding everything to rough it up a bit and remove any varnish/oil that was left. Then I put primer on everything. The wood paneling was the easy part. I used Kilz 2 which worked fine and is a lot less fumey than Kilz Original. I tried the Kilz 2 on the trim, but it wasn't strong enough to block the wood tannins from bleeding through (even after 3 coats) so I got some Kilz Original and that worked great. It's oil based and smells horrible, but it does the job. Open the port lights and wear a respirator otherwise it will Kilz you...
And just in case your husband is 6'4" and is typically covered in oil/grease/diesel, it all cleans up very easily with a Clorox wipe.
What we used:
- Kilz Original
- Royal Exterior Latex Paint by Ace (Semi Gloss) in the following colors
- A38-2 Carthage (light aqua on walls)
- A38-5 Forgotten Secret (medium aqua on storage cabinet)
- A40-7 Imaginary Day (dark turquoise on bathroom door)
- A29-5 Lemon Grass (greenish yellow in bedroom)
- A16-6 Mango Tango (orange in kitchen and corner nook)
- Danboline in White
- Clear Minwax Polycrylic as a topcoat and protective finish. The darker colors still felt sticky to me so I added this clear coat on top and it dried to a hard finish that was much better.