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  • How to De-Orange Wood Beams

    Vaulted ceiling, white shiplap ceiling paneling, master suite renovation

    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?

    How to de-orange wood beams

    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.

    Rubio Monocoat samples

    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!

    Vaulted ceiling, white shiplap ceiling paneling, master suite renovation

    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…


    1. They look amazing! We used Rubio Monocoat when refinishing our hardwoods earlier this year and absolutely adore the finish (it’s so luxe and matte!)

    2. Did you just paint this stuff on that was the result?!?! No sanding?!?! Holy cow sounds easy. My in-laws have a great home up in Clearlake with huge vaulted ‘orangey’ wood ceilings . . . I will definitely try this stuff.

      1. The product is intended to react with the natural wood, so it needs to be applied on an un-finished surface. Our beams are aesthetic only, so we removed them and planed them to remove the previous painted finish. But yes, just rub on and buff off is the process, it’s so much easier than stain!

      1. That’s a great question, and one I know the Rubio Monocoat team could certainly answer for you! They have exterior products as well, my bet is they have something for this exact exterior.

      1. Nope! This product isn’t a traditional stain, it’s a reactive oil that protects at the same time it changes the color of the wood!

      1. Yes, in order for the reaction of the product with the wood to properly take place, the existing finish will need to be removed.

    3. I’m so glad I found this. I have some too orange beams I need to do something with as well. What a beautiful room.

      While orange and blue ARE complimentary colors, they do not tone each other down. They do just the opposite.
      From the web:

      ‘Complementary colors are two hues found on opposite sides of each other on the color wheel. For example, red’s complementary color is green, and blue’s complementary color is orange. A painting or work of art that relies on complimentary colors will have the STRONGEST contrast. This color palette will draw the most attention and is extremely pleasing to the eye.”

    4. We used it in Natural on our walnut slab bar. It took only one coat. It is beautiful and has a lovely satin finish. I would definitely use it on other products.

    5. Wow! That is fantastic. It looks awesome. Really intriguing product. Makes me wonder if it could have solved Emily Henderson’s mountain house wood beam woes.

    6. We used Rubio Monocoat 5% Mist on all of the white oak floors in our house and while we were initially very happy it’s not holding up well 3 years later in a house bustling with kids, dogs, liquid spills, etc. Lots of stains. The benefit of Rubio is that you can spot refinish areas, but its not practical for me to prioritize it on my to-do list. We’ve also had some humidity induced warping of the floors in some areas and I can’t help but wonder whether that could have been lessened with a poly-based product like Bona. Anywho, we’ve applied the same monocoat stain to white oak floating shelves, handrails, etc. and it’s been great. A lovely look but I felt compelled to share some of the downsides since I learn so much from others from posts like these.

      1. Thank you Maggie, I appreciate it! This was my first go with the product and I’m new to using it, I definitely appreciate your input! And others reading will as well too.

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