The knots were bleeding through after the first primer coat, so I gave it a second coat of primer and that did the trick.
I always lightly sand between coats of primer for a smooth base coat.
I think this room was made for a door with a pop of color, don’t you? And after – they tore out the scalloped trim that surrounded the center section of the built-ins, which was an instant improvement.I had the guy at Home Depot cut the toe kick piece into 4 1/2 inch strips, which is the height I needed to cover the apron on the cabinet.I cut the strips to fit around the base of my hutch, and then glued and nailed them into place. I primed the entire piece with two coats of BIN shellac based primer to seal the knots.I immediately had a vision for updating this piece to better suit my style.I filled the major scratches and gouges with wood filler.Here is how it looked when I spotted it at the Goodwill.This piece was in great shape structurally, made of solid pine, but had some pretty bad scratches on the top.They were originally polished nickel, so I painted them with oil rubbed bronze spray paint to match.I left the doors off the top hutch because I like the idea of open shelves.This being a rustic pine piece, the wood has many natural imperfections including knots and worm holes, etc.I left those alone to retain the natural character.