I LOVE MY WHITE KITCHEN!
I’d been living with dark cupboards and walls for a long time, actually for decades.
It was time to lighten and brighten up!
After drooling over pictures of white and pastel kitchens, I decided to go with white.
If you’re planning to do this, find several kitchen ideas you like, and study the ceilings, floors, cupboards, countertops and the hardware.
It’s all those details combined that will give you the end result you’ll love.
Going all white is the perfect background for changing up the look in the future without having to paint the room again.
I’m starting out with the white romantic shabby country look, but later down the road, I plan to add soft pastels for a fresh farmhouse style, or a 1940s retro look with pops of bright red and sunny yellow….but first let’s back up to today, with the soft white theme.
So, how did I get here?
Well, most of the work is the prep.
We took everything out of the cupboards and put things in the living room, where the coffee table became a temporary home for dishes and the coffee maker.
Boxes of foods and pots and pans were piled up next to the sofa.
No cooking for awhile, just heating up stuff from the freezer and a lot of deli and takeout eats.
First, let me say that painting all the cupboards inside and out, is a lot of work.
The doors have to be taken off, including all the hardware and knobs.
Anything that will be painted has to be cleaned first.
You know how grease and gunk is abundant in a kitchen.
The walls and ceiling need a good wash too.
Before, the boring brown and old gold ‘up at the cabin’ look was years old!
What a big change!
On the walls, we used Benjamin Moore Kitchen & Bath Satin Finish in White.
On the cabinets is Benjamin Moore Advance Semi-Gloss in White.
It did take several coats over the dark cupboards…
…a good time to go out to eat and take a break while the paint dries!
The counter tops, which I honestly was never too fond of, happen to look pretty decent now with all the surrounding white.
Now I actually like the old countertops!
Funny how that worked out.
A good cleaning on the hardwood floor and a new washable rug goes a long way too.
Then the fun part, I gathered anything white I could get my hands on.
I looked through the piles of stuff I already own, then a few trips to the thrift store for other white treasures and there is was….the white kitchen.
Sigh…..I’m so in love with this room that I never want to leave it.
It seems so much more inviting.
It was a lot of work, (my hubby is amazing!) and will be more work to keep clean, but to me it’s so worth it.
TIPS TO KEEPING A WHITE KITCHEN, WHITE:
- Direct sunlight can yellow the walls. If you have the sun shining in all day, consider matchstick blinds to help protect the whiteness.
- Use the stove fan whenever cooking on the range top.
- Once a month, use Dawn dish soap and warm water to wipe over cupboard doors.
- Keep a jar of leftover paint and a small paint brush on hand ready for any nicks that are bound to happen.
SOFTNESS AND CALMNESS ARE WHAT I NEED IN MY LIFE.
TO SIT IN MY WHITE KITCHEN MAKES EVERYTHING SEEM ALRIGHT.
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