Thursday, January 5, 2012

Painting Progress and Why You Should Never Used Oil-Based Gloss on White Paint

Long title, right?  Ha!

So, it’s the fifth day of the new year and I’m already knocking out one of those goals I set for my home this year: Goal Numero Uno - Painting my living area and hallways.

I headed to Home Depot on Monday and picked up two gallons of Glidden Paint in Natural Linen, a lighter alternative to the harvest gold color that graced my walls from the prior owners.  (Please excuse the pillow fort mess and the lovely futon – which, btw, can be yours if interested.  Anyone?)


Ahem.  Back to the natural linen.


A couple of days, a little painter’s tape, and nearly a gallon of paint later… I’ve already tackled the back wall of my living room and half of the hallway leading to the Master Bedroom.  Holla!

I must admit… I don’t know that there’s a more gratifying experience than peeling up that painter’s tape and seeing the clean, crisp line of a fresh paint job.  It’s glorious, I tell ya.  Already, I can tell a big difference with the way the new wall color reflects light.  I can’t wait to see how much brighter my living room is when I’m done!

(And I’m hoping that will motivate me to complete the rest of my living room to-dos.)

Now, the other paint project calling my name is my kitchen cabinets, and I’m about to show you why.


See the interior of the cabinet door?  That is Martha Stewart Sweet Cream, the color my cabinets are supposed to be with an antiqued glaze for patina.  Now look above door.  See the yellow, drippy looking finish?

That, my friends, is what happens when your painter decides to take a short cut and coat your beautiful sweet cream cabinets with an oil-based gloss rather than repaint with a semi-gloss like we requested.  It wasn’t that bad when we moved in, but over time, the yellowing has worsened so much so that the once-undetectable drips are now very noticeable.




And one more to demonstrate the difference again.  Sickening, right?  It’s even worse on my laundry room cabinets, which I somehow forgot during that whole Home Goals process.  You can bet I’m gonna paint those puppies too!

BTW – if anyone would like to have me review their paint in the process *cough – Home Depot – cough*, I’d be more than happy to help you out.  Just sayin’.

So there you have it folks, the 411 on the latest home happenings and hopefully some information that will help you avoid the yellow aftermath that is oil-based gloss.

***Still waiting to hear if I’m moving on to the next round of One Month to Win It.  I’ve got my next project ready just in case and will be posting the tutorial for the first round project this weekend.


  1. I totally want a tutorial for those paper dolls! I am smitten!! Congrats on making it through!

  2. I painted our guest bedroom that Wood Smoke color. Definitely going to check out Natural Linen for the living room now!


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