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Taming the Teal

I am a little bummed to tell you that the teal has gotten out of control…

Remember my red island?

It was ready for a facelift. So, Lyla helped me prime the island last Friday. On Saturday Thomas took the kids out on some morning adventures so I could paint in peace without worrying about them touching my project.

This was the first fateful stroke. It looked so lovely at the start, but the more I painted, the more worried I got.

Say hello to Easter Island!

Photo by Thomas Griggs on Unsplash

Oops, I left out egg. Hello Easter Egg Island!

Whew! It is BRIGHT! When Thomas walked in, his initial reaction was, “Wow! I like it!” But every time I walked in the kitchen, I said, “Oy. That wasn’t really what I was going for.”

What’s crazy is I used Liquid Jade, the SAME color I used behind my shelves! Did someone swap out my paint?!

This project is proof that the lighting in a room can make a world of difference in the way a color looks. In our dining area, the shelf background looks dark and rich, but the same color in the kitchen looks practically aqua. It’s channeling a Caribbean vacation when I was hoping for a walk in the woods. It definitely looks fresh, just a little too much so.

I did make a fun discovery when I pulled the drawers out of the island, though:

They’re heavy, maybe brass, and they look like antiques. We texted the last owner to see if they belonged to them, and they’ll be coming to pick them up soon. Oh well, I’m glad they will get their treasure back!

So, to tame the teal, I decided to try antiquing it with a brown glaze. I bought clear glazing medium and mixed it with a sample pot of dark brown in a 4:1 ratio. This was the first side I did, and it took me three hours. 😱

And actually, this picture makes the color look more toned down than it really is.

I was super paranoid about creating streaks, so I probably way overworked the glaze. If it looked bad, I wiped it off and did it again. When Thomas walked in I said, “This is so much fun! It was terrifying at first, but now it’s addictive!”

Here’s a comparison of a finished and non finished drawer. This island is a fun piece to antique since it has lots of character and gouges for the glaze to go into.

But then I got to the first beadboard side… I had no idea how to address the deep cracks.

At first I painted the glaze into the cracks and tried to wipe a lot of it back out. That was tricky. Then I just painted it in the cracks and left it brown. But it makes it look too stripey. Thomas had the brilliant idea of wiping the glaze on with a paper towel, which would not push it into the cracks. That’s what I did on the next two sides.

The picture above shows my first technique- paint on brown glaze, then wipe off most of it with a damp paper towel.

This last side was done after 10pm with tired eyes and bad lighting, so it turned out pretty streaky. I think I’ll go back and add a little more glaze to even it out some.

Okay, what do you think? Still too bright, or did that do the trick? I’m going to say there’s a 75% chance I’ll repaint the whole thing within a year. But at the moment, that’s not an exciting thought since I just put ten hours into refinishing this.


Haha, I couldn’t resist!

3 thoughts on “Taming the Teal”

  1. I like it!!!! 🙂 That’s a lot of hard work, don’t beat yourself up about color.

    SO TRUE about lightning! Shelving will always have a little bit more darkness I think because of shadows. (But I don’t really know that much so … hmm xD )

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    1. I’ve adjusted to it now. I think it was such a change from the dark red to teal that it looked super bright. I just need to even it up some and top coat it for protection and then I’ll be all done. Probably tonight’s project, actually!

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