I am basically building the farmhouse bed but raising it to be a mid-height loft bed for my daughter. The wood is all spruce and pine. I am planning on having an off-white painted finish. I have read through all the posts in this forum but the painting and finishing part of this project seems soooo complicated and now I am worried. So I have a few questions...
If I am planning on priming/sealing and painting, how much (how fine) do I need to sand before I start priming? Just the basics? Like maybe down to 80 or 120 grit or waaaay more?
At the hardware store, it was recommended that I use the original (the oil based one) Killz primer. I have started priming a number of the boards, but now I am second guessing this primer. Will this actually seal the wood? If not, what is worst case scenario?
Once everything is primed, what kind (brand, type, sheen, etc) of paint is the best, most durable paint to use?
What is this poly I have read so much about on here? Does it self level? I really don't want too many brush marks, but spraying is not an option. do I need to use this? Is it expensive?
Thanks so much.