Are white kitchen cabinets much harder to keep clean?
They are equally easy or hard to keep reasonably clean as any other cabinets of the same material, but much hard to keep *looking* clean.
If you have to choose white, consider it an investment of your time to clean things immediately to prevent stains, and choose materials that will stain less or be less porous. White painted wood is very tough to keep clean. (which is one more thing I dislike about my kitchen, it was a rush-white-painting job to cover cabinets by the previous owner and we suck at keeping them even reasonable, they are even stained and peeling now, looks terrible, someday we will remodel, I don’t want to waste time to reface or fix them up)
Yes they are, think of them just like your painted walls in your house. Think about how all houses have to be repainted and high traffic areas the walls show wear and dirt much faster. Basically look around your house how many smudges and or scratches are on your walls that you never noticed before. Your kitchen is the most used room in the house generally so keep that in mind. I like the look of white kitchens when they are first done, but withing a couple years they generally look terrible. The easiest cabinets to maintain are stained wood cabinets.
They’re clean, bright, versatile, make your space feel bigger, and are timeless too. So, while they’re in style now, you can be confident that they’ll still be in style ten years down the road. This kind of functional neutrality makes them marketable, an important detail if you’re selling your home anytime soon.
Are there any drawbacks?
The one concern we hear over and over and over again is that the white will be tough to keep clean, or that necessary scrubbing will wear the finish.
Is it true?
The Truth About White Kitchen Cabinets
Yes, they do show spots, splatters, and smudges. But in one sense, isn’t that a good thing? If your bubbling cauldron of famous marinara sauce splashes a little, you likely want to know where it landed for the sake of easy cleaning. If you don’t, you might want red cabinets…
White is an unforgiving color, but it’s not more dirty than any other. It just shows it, which makes for simpler cleaning.
This leads us to an essential next point.
Choose the Right Finish for Your White Kitchen Cabinets
If you hear a horror story about painted kitchen cabinets failing quickly, ask the person sharing the anecdote if they painted them themselves. More often than not, it’s a DIY adventure gone wrong. Blame home improvement shows, Youtube, or any other source you might like, but it’s true that painting cabinetry is often portrayed as a simple weekend job. Pick up a few cans of paint and masking tape, and you’re three hours away from an epic finish.
In reality, painting kitchen cabinets is best left to a professional painter who has the right tools, experience, and product knowledge to ensure that your finish is just as durable as it is beautiful.
Priming, painting, glazing, and applying clear coat are all important steps that can’t be hopped over.
Some painting companies even offer the benefit of an in-house spray shop. This means that they can paint many components in your home, and take the rest back to their shop for a controlled climate and exceptional finish. And, it keeps the process off-site which is always nice!