Living with white. White walls, white furniture, white pillows, white ottoman. Yes, I like white and I am so very happy I switched things up to all white. I’m still in the process on making my home even more white too.
I didn’t always have all white. My furniture was upholstered in a green and dark red floral. Which was a marvelous choice of upholstery with kids. Nothing showed on that stuff. No spots and stains like you get with a solid color upholstery.
So how did I arrive at my all white home? When I would look at magazines and at home decor on blogs I noticed that the ones that really stood out to me were the rooms that were all white. The color some homes feature is amazing and lovely and I really liked a lot of it. But then I would turn the page and there would be an all white room and I would sigh a long ‘aaaahhhhhh’. That was what really resonated with me and what I wanted to see when I relaxed in my own home. And so the journey began to all white.
I did wonder in the beginning just how a home could stay looking nice in all white if there were kids in the picture. Since I had 3 girls would I constantly have dingy, dirty looking furniture instead of the pristine, all white I wanted? But after reading multiple accounts of women who had a lot of white in their homes and reading how easy it was to keep it looking nice when there were kids and even pets in the home I decided if they could do it I could too. The one that completely convinced me was in a magazine years ago – the woman said she had 2 little boys who loved to play outside and 2 dogs who were house dogs.
And so I started making white slipcovers for my furniture. And painting end tables and coffee tables and anything else that could be transformed to white. And I have to say that it doesn’t always look dingy and dirty 😀 And if and when it does – into the washer it all can go and it all cleans right up. And if hot water and detergent is not enough you can always bleach it.
One thing I want to insert right now – slipcovers on furniture are wonderful. A couple of weeks ago I stripped my furniture down and washed the slipcovers. This is what I found when I pulled the seat cushions off the couch. With slipcovers all this is kept from being pushed down into the crevices of the couch. The large stuff can be picked up and disposed of and then I carefully remove the main cover, carry it outside and shake it out good before it goes into the washer.
All the crumbs and particles that manage to find their way under the cushions – in spite of the ‘no food in the living room’ rule can be tossed outside.
My furniture slipcovers were in dire need of being washed this time. I had managed to spill coffee on my chair – the ‘no food in the living room’ doesn’t apply to Mom I guess.
It’s hard to see in pics but the back of the couch was looking less white than I like. But honestly it didn’t show up that much till you looked close. I’m amazed at how long you can let white covers go before washing them!
The front edge of the cushions was looking a bit dingy from little feet that didn’t always have socks on and got dirty and then propped themselves on the couch.
Just trying to get some pics of the dirt and stains that had accumulated on the all white furniture. It really wasn’t horrible. Other than the coffee stain someone coming in the house would probably not have even noticed. And I could have turned the chair cushion over but I never took the time.
My ruffled ottoman was looking a bit tired and in need of refreshing too.
So to the laundry they went – hot water, homemade laundry detergent, and oxyclean and they are white and fresh and clean again!
I love how the freshly washed slipcovers look when they have been put back on. I don’t iron them usually – if I remember I pull them out of the dryer when they are not quite dry and put them on immediately. It helps them form to the furniture and the wrinkles come out better when they are just slightly damp-ish.
The wingbacks are new-to-me and are vintage. I have fabric to slipcover them white too and will be doing tutorials on how to make slipcovers with these. I hope to do photos and instructions with one and a video with the second. I’ve not done much with videos before so cross your fingers I can figure it out!
The chair to the right needs a seat put back in it. The corner cupboard was painted years ago with latex paint so I plan to repaint it white instead of grey with Milk Paint. And I’ve already said I plan to paint the piano too. That’s not wood – it’s a faux painted finish. A very good faux finish but I really want it white. It looks great in pics but in real life I want it white!