Always Fighting the Yellow - How to Stop Painted Wood from Yellowing
As a lover of base white (otherwise known as insane asylum white) paint on everything, slowly renovating a dark old house is at once incredibly gratifying and cringe worthy. Gratifying in that every painting project adds so much light and brightness and cringe worthy in that everything that is left unpainted looks ten times worse. Everything that I've touched in my renovations over the past year has had this problem so I was so happy to see that one of my favorite bloggers, Mandi from Vintage Revivals lives this struggle too! Check-out her post HERE on her not so white tub surround.
This is my go to before and after photo for the yellow paint phenomenon in my house. See how the trim looks white against the beige walls and then turns beige when it is next to the fresh base white paint! Every time! I'm slowly making my way through all of the trim and doors - someday it will all be white.
My most recent painting project has been the entryway and I ran into a different yellowing problem. The room started so dark and closed in because of the dark wood paneling and the plan was to go all white (much like the rest of the house). I knew that the wood paneling would soak-up a lot of paint, what I didn't know was that the stain on the paneling would cause my beautiful white latex paint to yellow! After the first two coats of latex primer and paint was dried the walls were crisp and white and the paneling was yellow. Luckily i found a fix - unluckily the fix is oil based paint. It was smelly and messy but it worked! Two coats of oil based white primer did the trick and stopped the yellow. I finished with two more coats of satin white latex paint and ta-da! white entryway complete! You can see how the paint color changed in the photos below, from left to right.
Here is the before and after for the entryway paint project - looking so much bigger, brighter and whiter! I still have to finish all of the details in this room - I'm planning to do the same type of storage system with hooks across the back wall and a big high shelf. See some of my ideas in my previous post HERE. Also so happy with the new lighting in here! Can't wait to put it all together. Much like my other projects - there are some sore spots that stick out so much more now that the paint is done. In here it's the radiator. Wasn't too bad when everything else was dark, now it looks terrible!
Oh and here's a fun quiz question -
Can you guess what color the door is. Did you guess white?
Well that's another two to add to the list of projects for the warmer weather months - not about to take my heater apart and paint an exterior door in March :)