This probably isn’t the best title for this post. The Google SEO police will probably come after me since “de-orangeing” isn’t exactly a real term. But guys, de-oranging our very naturally orange wood ceiling beams is exactly what I needed to do in order to complete this space. Do you remember what the beams looked like before?
I was being pressured by the painters to make a decision on the beams. Even Antonio said it would just be easier if we painted them white like the paneling. My design eye wasn’t going to settle for the easy solution! The easy solution would have meant giving up for the sake of efficiency. But I’m stubborn, and I wasn’t going to take no for an answer until I exhausted all possibilities!
The painters brought in some glaze & stain samples from the big box store. Unfortunately these stains weren’t achieving the result I was looking for. I went on a solo mission to find an alternative product and called out to my Instagram followers to ask for advice.
My friends @coco.and.jack and @thecuratedhouse simultaneously recommended Rubio Monocoat. I had never heard of this Rubio Monocoat before, and was immediately intrigued! I went on a treasure hunt, located my nearest retailer and not but 10 minutes later drove over to grab a couple samples. After testing 3 samples, I decided “Smoke” was exactly what I was looking for to de-orange the beams as well as match them to the undertones of our flooring. I goal wasn’t to match the beams to the floors, since our beams are a different wood species. My goal was to counteract the orange and bring them closer to a neutral, warm wood. If you can picture a color wheel, blue and orange are complementary colors and you can tone any color down with a dose of it’s complementary color.
With “Smoke being a cooler white, it helped neutralize the orange in the beams. Check out the before & after!
About Rubio Monocoat
If you are unfamiliar with Rubio Monocoat, it is THE solution for environmentally friendly wood protection. The product uses molecular bonding technology to naturally change the color of the wood. Really, the color options are endless!
Have you used this product before? I can’t wait to try this product in another project, maybe our future master suite bathroom vanity or future kitchen island or…