Oh crap! moments and happy accidents {aka staining over paint washed wood}

Sometimes I can get a little happy with a paint brush. Ok, ok, ok… I can always get a little happy with a paint brush. If I’m having a bad day, just gimme some paint & a piece of furniture or a wall, leave me alone and I will transform into a happy girl. Yes, I’m the crazy girl who finds deep relaxation in painting. So when Mr. SCC built a vanity for the bathroom, I painted it all up in a snap. Once the top was built, I started painting it, too… and then I had a “what the crap did I do” moment. I don’t know why, but it freaked me out for some weird reason {which is typically my cue to know that I made a design mistake and need to quickly re-route.} After a momentary freak out, which included a panicked phone call to my BFF Lisa, I calmed down and found a solution that actually looks better than if I’d done it on purpose.

Since the paint was still wet, I took as much as possible off with a wet cloth, scrubbing off all the paint that was on top. But, since I painted raw wood it was deep into the grain. At that point, I figured I could keep going and find a solution, or Mr. SCC could build a new top. The solution seemed like a better choice, since I really didn’t want to have to confess my mistake. Sigh.

After I took off all the paint, I lightly sanded it all down, let it dry, the stained right over the top of the grey-washed wood. Although I typically wipe all the stain off after just a few minutes, I left it on much longer than normal, so hopefully it would offset all the greyness of it all. And it worked. Whew! After being so upset over the paint debacle that I was nearly in tears, I was ready to jump for joy once it was all dried, poly’ed and finished.

I love the counters, because even though I used the same stain for the floors {Minwax Jacobean}, it’s dramatically different. All the lighter bits have a grey undertone that wouldn’t be there without the Oh Crap! moment. Sometimes happy accidents are the best kind.

So are you screaming… “JUST SHOW ME THE BATHROOM ALREADY?” Well I’ll grant your wish… on Monday 🙂 I’ve gotta say it’s my favorite space in our home so far, and totally worth the wait!

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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Nice post!

  2. Can’t wait to see it!

  3. I love that, and so identify with that heart stopping, “Oh crap” moment!! I just experienced that this week while stenciling curtains and my cardboard wasn’t flat underneath. What first I thought was horrible turned out to be a wonderful “custom” textured effect!:) Yeah for mistakes!!:)

  4. Great Oh Crap happy accident! I am anxious to see the whole reveal-Have a great weekend- xo Diana

  5. What a great story! I have had many “oh crap” moments myself. So glad it turned out, and show us the bathroom already! Hahahaha!~ 🙂 Can’t wait to see it. ~Angela~

  6. Serendipity is a wonderful thing. Love this finish.

  7. You BIG tease… can’t wait to see it ALL! I have “Oh S**t” moments all the time (that’s worse than “Oh Crap” moments), but they don’t always turn out so good! Have a great weekend!

  8. gorgeous wood!

  9. Happy accidents happen for a reason, we just don’t know it at the time. Glad it turned out so well for you Gina. Can hardly wait to see the bathroom on Monday. You rascal, teasing us.
    Happy Weekend

  10. Oh, I can’t wait to see. Thanks for the teasing us with just a peek.

  11. I just did something similar but on purpose to our dining room table. Cant wait to see your reveal.

  12. I may have to try this on purpose next time I have a wood piece and want a different look.

  13. Wow, this is a happy accident…I LOVE how it turned out…a lot more color dimension than if you had just stained them…YEA!

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