You guys know the story. Once upon a time, we moved into a builder’s beige dream (see: the exact opposite of what I really wanted) and (though it took us a while to get up the nerve) decided to stop waiting. We changed our home over to something truly us.
Our only regret? That we hem-hawed around it for three entire years.
When we were getting ready to paint our kitchen (I was terrified to ‘break the rules’ and go paint a perfectly fabulous (UPS brown) house to make it what I wanted – HELLO, INFJ/INSJ) someone gave us this advice : It’s counter intuitive, but white cabinets are actually easier to clean and keep clean.
Since then, we’ve really expanded white, in some form, to every single area of our home. We have places where white walls are so prominent and others where it’s subtle… and while I’m sure it will change, it’s become my favorite color to use. A great staple.
It’s the not-so-neutral neutral, because it makes such a statement and remains so flexible, all at the same time. If I want to integrate some purple, I can. If I want to add an accent wall, I can. If I want to add red with purple, I can. The world might just stop spinning. But I can.
It’s fun, people.
The biggest question I get all the time? How’s the white holding up?
It’s just like the cabinets. They’re counter intuitive.
Three crazed offspring + one two ton dog = easy-peasy rice and cheesy.
I’ve had both. My experience may be different from others, but when we first moved in, everything was matte and beige. I spent more time cleaning the walls with an 18 month old Aiden than I do now with two more children.
Honestly? For us, white = less mess.
Let me be clear with this: No matter which high tech process you use, once you paint your cabinets, they will eventually require some form of touch-ups. Unless you live in a museum, that’s just life, and that’s okay. We do that every now and again, giving them the once-over with the clorox wipes once we decide the cabinets have become too abhorrent to bear. (See: sticky chocolate fingerprints (at least I think that’s chocolate…) and splattered orange juice.) Then we cover up the occasional places that need touch-ups.
And our walls will always have foot and hand smudges every now and again. That’s just life. But honestly, I don’t notice that much, and that’s what magic erasers are for.
I don’t have a cleaning schedule or anything… just a when-I-notice-it kind of policy. Read: I can’t be bothered to search for them.
The key for keeping it clean? I think is going for an eggshell (or slightly glossier) finish on the walls. It easily wipes away anything spilled or smudged. And high gloss on the cabinets/doors/shelves.
It makes wipe aways easy, and keeps our whites looking bright.
White sofas on the other hand… are entirely different policy for the Mills Hizzy.
Do you have white in your house? Do you find it oh so easy like we do? What are some of your favorite tips for keeping your walls and cabinets clean? Is there something you’d change?
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Have an inspired day, y’all!