The other day I received this note: "We had a house built this year and the builder would not put in the white cabinets I have always wanted, its a cookie cutter builder who just wasn't offering that in our neighborhood. To me this was crazy, all I have ever wanted is a beautiful white kitchen!
They wouldn't do it so i thought I'd upgrade one level to the very smooth nicer cabinets but not all the way to a chocolate brown. That way I have nice cabinets and can paint them. Somebody just told me this is the worst idea and I'm going to ruin them forever! They said they will dent and scratch and look horrible, given they are really new and very nice cabinets just not the finish color I want what do you think? If you think I could have them painted or do it myself what method would be best?"
Here is my response:
YES painted cabinets will never be as durable as wood but who cares? White furniture is also not forgiving but people still buy it because it's about the look and the feel. Either get them professionally sprayed for more durability or paint them yourself (whatever it takes really) and then you will have the look that you want.
Anyone that would give advice called "If you do that you will ruin it forever" is simply someone that loves wood.
And the same applies to anything white. My office chairs are white leather and when I sat on them in a brand new pair of dark jeans, I had to clean them. It's totally worth the enjoyment I get just looking at them, whenever I walk into my office.
Buying white furniture or wearing white presents the same problem and it seems like the more money people have the more white they surround themselves with. Ever noticed in the summer how many expensively dressed women are wearing white?
It's also why I can count on one hand how many wood stained kitchen cabinets I see in the more expensive area of the city I live in.
White is timeless in so many ways. And it needs maintenance and extra trips to the drycleaner, no doubt about it.
Over to you? Is white worth the maintenance in general? Where is white in your house or wardrobe?