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The Time When I Wanted to Punch Myself in the Face

I come to you guys today so very discouraged. You remember my most recent furniture pieces-- the Lovely White Dresser and The White and Brown Beauty



Well, both beauties have turned to "booty" and I need your advice.

Let me start by saying that I never refinished furniture before starting this blog. It has been a long learning process, mostly by trial and error. For example, in my first pieces, I didn't put any kind of clear protective coat on them because I thought it wasn't a necessity. Then I noticed if I put anything on the top of the piece, paint would come off and I was like, "What in the heck?!" So, then I used wax. Then, the wax I was using didn't work well either (it might have been operator error... I'm not sure).

I finally thought I had it figured out-- all the cool bloggers say "poly" so I'm going to buy a big thing of polyurethane and I will be awesome, too. I bought clear satin poly.

Enter, Lovely White Dresser and The White and Brown Beauty. I gave them 5 coats each of "Creamy White" paint. And then, I happily gave them a coat of poly.

I started taking pictures of them after they dried and I was like, "Hmm, that's weird... it kind of has a yellow tint. Nah, that's just the lighting." The pieces kept yellowing more and more over time. I had two friends help me take them to my booth and they both noticed the yellow tint. One assured me it looked like I did it on purpose and the other said it looked like it came from a smoker's house (Guess which one is a girl and which is a guy? Haha!)

After all of that work, though, I left them in my booth. I went back a few days later and my heart dropped. The yellow tint is too much for me. Here's a picture from Hodge Podge's facebook page so you can really see the yellow:


I did what anyone does and I googled it.
 

It turns out, oil based polyurethane (even if the label lies and says clear satin) will give white paint a yellow tint over time. Big lesson learned: either buy water based clear satin polyurethane next time or use polycrylic. I think I'm going to try polycrylic -- I saw on Domestic Imperfection that it doesn't yellow and works just as well.


So, with all that said (and thank you if you're still reading)... should I completely redo the pieces or just hope that someone appreciates the yellow or "aged" look that they have? Everything within me doesn't want to redo them, but I don't want people to walk in my booth and be like "Gross! That girl didn't pick the right poly! What an amateur!"

Help!

[While I want your comments to be honest, please be nice! You don't want to make me cry, right?]