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Make It Happen Monday: The Very Opposite Of Progress

Last Updated on December 25, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Happy Monday morning to you! How did you do on your projects last week? Well, I certainly hope yours went better than mine. 🙁

I was moving right along, getting little projects done, doing paint touch ups, and feeling quite good about my progress. Then tragedy struck.

I decided that while I had the paint out that I used to paint my cabinets (that I had used week before last to paint the trim along the ceiling), now would be a good time to also do some touch ups on my cabinets.

Well, this is what I ended up with…

My cabinets are painted in oil-based paint in a satin finish, so the whole first day I thought it was shiny simply because it wasn’t dry yet. (Oil-based paint takes a LOT longer than latex paint to dry.) So my heart sank when I got up the next morning, went into my kitchen, and saw these super shiny streaks all over my cabinets.

Isn’t that awful?!

I have no idea why this happened. I only have one gallon of this paint, and I only ever bought satin finish, but this is clearly glossy! I know that oil-based paint yellows over time, so I knew that I was taking a chance on it being a slightly different color out of the can compared to what’s been on my cabinets for two years now, but I’ve never heard of paint changing sheens in the can over time!

And of course, I wanted to touch up every single little place that needed a touch up, so these super shiny places are all over my upper cabinets now. I think I only have three upper cabinet doors that were spared.

So disappointing. I was bee bopping along, making progress on my projects, and now I’m adding to my “to do” list. Such a bummer.

Have you ever experienced paint changing sheen in the can like this? Or have you heard of it? I guess I’m off to buy a new gallon of paint today, and I think you can guess what my project will be this week.

So how about you? What project did you get done that’s been hanging over your head for a long time? Feel free to leave a link in the comments below to your pictures/post! I’d definitely love to see your progress!

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    June 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

    O no! I am so sorry that happened to you. The only time I have ever had something like this happen was on my walls in my kitchen. I went to do touch ups & I can always see where I did them.. It makes me so mad 🙁

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    June 25, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I’m sure you thought of this but just in case not: I would take a little very fine grit sandpaper and go over the shiny spots lightly. I think that will fix it right up. I finished my breakfast bar that I started a couple months ago!

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    June 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

    what a bummer! I had thoughts of touching up my living room walls and I have been scared that the same thing might happen…..yikes.

    I did get to complete a fun project last week though! so fun when things do work in your favor!

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    June 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

    YES!!!! This happened to me, too. I decided to fill some nail holes one day in the living room, and I figured while I had the paint out, I would do some touch-ups on the walls. I happily slapped paint on the walls in the living room, hall, kitchen…everywhere we had the same sheen, basically. When it all dried, they became VERY noticeable shiny spots. All. Over. The. House. My hubs accused me of using the semi-gloss we had bought for the cabinets and trim, but I didn’t. We double-checked, and it was the supposed satin can. I have no idea what happened. The paint was only two years old! So we now have bright shiny spots all over our living and eating areas. For now, I’ve just avoided turning the top lights on when people come over, ha ha. 🙂

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    June 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

    My friend who is a painter told me that if I want to be able to do touch ups then I have to use flat paint. If u use anything else (satin/semi gloss) you must repaint the whole wall and not just a few spots. Sorry this has happened!Q

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    June 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

    My friend who is a painter told me that if I want to be able to do touch ups then I have to use flat paint. If u use anything else (satin/semi gloss) you must repaint the whole wall and not just a few spots. Sorry this has happened!

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    [email protected]
    June 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I’ve never had this happen, but I’m glad for the warning! So sorry–that would be really distressing. We actually did make progress on our bathroom project–finally! And we scored a craigslist find for our family room. Major progress in two areas has me feeling good about the weekend.

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    Sharon @ LilikoiJoy
    June 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

    That has happened to me too on my living room walls. I saw Nate Berkus’ painter once say on his show that the sheen on walls dulls over time if using anything other than flat, so if you try to touch up the wall later, the touched up paint will be shinier, so he suggests to always use flat or re-paint the whole surface.
    I didn’t have a project to work on this week since I knew I would be out of town, but this coming up week I will be working on my office space. This week I will empty the whole room out, and if you saw it, you’d realize why it will take the week 🙂

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      tammy fowler
      June 25, 2012 at 11:42 am

      This happens because the more times a sheen is painted over the more sheen is going to show. So when you touch up your adding more sheen. Also paint can go bad unless you keep in out of excess heat or cold. When touching up don’t add a lot of paint on brush and spread out lightly. That way your not adding a lot of sheen. I learned all this the hard way also.

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    June 25, 2012 at 11:34 am

    So sorry this happened but on a positive note I absolutely love the color of your cabinets if you don’t mind sharing what is the color you used?

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      Kristi Linauer
      June 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Thanks, Chelsea! The color is from Behr (Home Depot) and it’s called Hallowed Hush. But I had it mixed in interior oil-based paint from Kelly Moore in a satin finish.

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    June 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I had this problem with a satin polyurethane. turned out that I hadn’t stirred it enough.

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    Linda @ it all started with paint
    June 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Oh no Kristi! So sorry. And thanks for the forewarning … I too painted my kitchen cabinets with oil-based satin. No touches will be done! Actually, when I finally swing back to the kitchen I’ll be painting them a lighter color.

    Last week’s goals were accomplished! No projects were done. The week was dedicated to my kids. We went to the lake with friends. Worked on our tans. I vacuumed the above ground pool which my daughter played in every day. I cleaned out my drawers. We cleaned out my daughter’s drawers and got her new summer cloths. I have two giant bags ready for the Salvation Army!

    This week: (1) Give the house a thorough organizing so I can institute “Sunday Family Chores” – I’m sick of being the only one cleaning (or not) around here; (2) Prep a little table & chair set I have and plan to refinish for my nieces by July 7; (3) figure out if I can really hang bead board wallpaper by opening the first roll and getting some test sheets on the wall; (4) work with my husband to move my refinished Craig’s List dressed into our bedroom and figuring out how to attach the mirror to the piece …

    Four very doable goals!



    (Oh, wait, I have a 5th. Visit and comment on all the links at my pillowpalooza link party this week …)

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    Jo Ann
    June 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Last week, we finished the painting in our guest room and our new carpeting got installed throughout our 2nd floor and on the stairs. This week’s projects are to put everything back in the rooms where they belong and put together the 2 IKEA pieces we bought for our master bedroom.

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    June 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    My heart goes out to you. You don’t have anything to lose at this point. Why not try the finest grade of black wet/dry sandpaper and use it wet. It may do the trick.

    I saw you used Kelly Moore paint. Is that related to Benjamin Moore paint? I love BM. When we built our house back in the time that you could still purchase Alkyd (oil-based) paint, I painted lots of doors and trim and they were completely brush stroke free. I was in love with that paint.

    Best wishes for a trouble free solution.

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    Whitney Breck
    June 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    If it helps, I have noticed that the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can knock down the sheen on paint, worth a shot!

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    Amy Laswell
    June 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I would try the magic erase idea. Should be a little less abrasive than a fine grit sandpaper. So sorry. I love the cabinet color too!!!

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    Shannon Fox
    June 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Oh no. I feel so bad for you. My heart just sank 🙁 I too have done this, and then scratched my head wondering WTH?
    I read through all the comments too, good info. I unfortunately did my entire living room, entry, hall, kitchen and right down the stairs! lol. I got all those touch up spots! I will be repainting everything, as soon as I can decide on a new color. #thatcouldtakeforever

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    June 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I skipped out last week because I was so busy, but since I posted my last goals I have gotten one piece of art on the wall and half of my paint touch-ups done. My husband also did half of the baseboards. Rather than trying to do the ENTIRE house, I’m now focusing on the living room. This week’s goal: Sand/prime/paint the shelves for the built-ins and complete my tiny ceiling paint touch-up. No reason not to accomplish this.

    PS – Your cabinets color look like my wall color. I hope you figure the streaks out. It seems so typical for something that seems easy to end up being a PAIN!!!

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    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage
    June 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Never heard of that weird paint thing Kristi – ugh!! My dad was here for a week so our to do list included hanging out with family, drinking lots fabulous cocktails and bbq’ing!

    Dropped him off today – now my nephew is visiting and we’re ready for softball and swim team. Here’s to a crazy summer and getting some things accomplished.

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    June 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I think the difference in sheen occurs because the paint is not mixed to the exact degree that it was when you first used it. The paint would need to be mixed exactly the same way and amount and not allowed to settle as the sheen component begins to separate as do other components in the mixture as they sit. Thus, the instructions to stir during use.

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    Christine Leahy
    June 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Wow, that’s a real bummer! I feel for you girl! Are you thinking of going with a different color for the cabinets now?

    I got A LOT done this week. I finished an extremely chic burlap wreath and blogged about it! I’m also finishing painting a dresser and creating a command center box thingy. I’ll post those finished projects next week!

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    Wendy R
    June 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Oh no! So sorry this happened to you and thanks for the information because I haven’t ever heard of that.
    I didn’t finish the loft space organizing but I am about 75% there. My son might be coming down to spend a couple of days with me so I have to get it done….tonight. lol
    My project for next week will be to get all of the pots and planters filled with flowers. There is nothing worse than walking up to my house and seeing empty pots….well almost nothing worse. 🙂

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    Wendy R
    June 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Oh and I did make a redwood cone wreath and finished a retirement memory book for my boss’ retirement party last Saturday. So I did make progress, sort of. I had to tear through boxed up art materials for both projects and of course doing that I made a huge mess….

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    Vanessa Dawne
    June 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Ouch, that hurts, Kristi — I know sometimes spot-painting can show up as a cleaner colour but not a difference in sheen! I guess that’s why some people are not DIYers — we have to be experts in so many fields!

    The accountability of Make It Happen Monday is helping me get projects done — of course, my longest work days are now Sunday & Monday! 😉 I did get the glass cut & leaded [except one teeny spot] for my commission & can quickly get the soldering & puttying done now. Next week I’m starting on the porch by emptying out all the junk.

    Thanks so much for sharing your trials along with your triumphs, Kristi — I hope you find a way to fix the cabinets.

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