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#1 i-believe-in-miracles

Posted 14 July 2019 - 10:08 AM

Hello all,

I have just had my house fully repainted in Builders White. I absolutely love it; everything is so fresh and new.  However, because it’s so white, my plantation shutters now look a bit creamy. The shutters in the bedrooms look fine as I had them installed two years ago and they are brilliant white, but the existing ones when we bought the house now look a different colour. I’m thinking they must be off white but they just looked brilliant white when the walls were cream. Has this happened to anyone else and there was a good solution? I can live with it I guess but they just look a little dull now. Do you thinking cleaning them with bleach would brighten them at all?

#2 jayskette

Posted 14 July 2019 - 10:13 AM

what sheen level was it?

#3 i-believe-in-miracles

Posted 14 July 2019 - 10:35 AM

Satin I think.

#4 Ivy Ivy

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:08 AM

This is what happens after you paint.  Suddenly the shutters and curtains look old, so you replace them, then the carpets look shabby in comparison, so they get redone, then the couches and furnishings don't really seem to match the new look, so get updated.....

#5 born.a.girl

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:09 AM

I don't think it's so much a case of looking old.

We've just put white shutters in several rooms, a decision made after painting all of the window frames (quite a big area - a Cal bung with deep ledges and wide architraves) and had a really hard time picking which of the whites to use as the shutters.  Some of them would have looked quite cream in comparison with the painted area, whereas on their own, they looked quite white.

#6 born.a.girl

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:21 AM

View Posti-believe-in-miracles, on 14 July 2019 - 10:08 AM, said:

Hello all,

I have just had my house fully repainted in Builders White. I absolutely love it; everything is so fresh and new.  However, because it’s so white, my plantation shutters now look a bit creamy. The shutters in the bedrooms look fine as I had them installed two years ago and they are brilliant white, but the existing ones when we bought the house now look a different colour. I’m thinking they must be off white but they just looked brilliant white when the walls were cream. Has this happened to anyone else and there was a good solution? I can live with it I guess but they just look a little dull now. Do you thinking cleaning them with bleach would brighten them at all?


My solution would be to choose a complementary colour to Builder's white, for the architraves in that room.

Cheaper and easier than any other option. I wouldn't touch anything with a painted surface with bleach.  If some sard soap and water don't alter anything, you're likely to end up with a blotchy surface from the bleach.

We have one room that's a smoky soft blue colour, and we chose the bluest of whitest for the architraves because brilliant white made the walls look 'too blue'.  The architraves definitely look very white, not blue-ish.

Colours are so hard, especially whites.

#7 i-believe-in-miracles

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:25 AM

I’ll give them a good clean and see how they go. I can’t afford to replace them unfortunately. Painting the architraves a slightly different colour may be the option. Thanks.

#8 born.a.girl

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:29 AM

View Posti-believe-in-miracles, on 14 July 2019 - 11:25 AM, said:

I’ll give them a good clean and see how they go. I can’t afford to replace them unfortunately. Painting the architraves a slightly different colour may be the option. Thanks.

Cleaning never hurts (well, it hurts us, not them. :)  ), but there are almost whites out there that will blend with both the builder's white and the blinds - might take a bit of experimenting.

#9 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 14 July 2019 - 02:37 PM

Can you paint them? Fiddly, but would come up nicely.

#10 can'tstayaway

Posted 14 July 2019 - 05:06 PM

I’d get a colour consultant to help do as born.a.girl suggested of painting the architraves a slightly different colour white.

For my first home reno, I wanted a white 2 pac kitchen. They asked me which white?  I replied, “I dunno, white, how many whites are there?”  16 thousand!!!  

My interior designers helped me narrow down the whites to match our existing white furniture, shutters, doors  etc. The risk is as you’ve found, the wrong white might clash with existing whites causing them to look off.

I wouldn’t clean with bleach or paint over them. You’ll risk them looking worse. Some paints fade or yellow over time which is what might have happened to your shutters.

#11 born.a.girl

Posted 14 July 2019 - 05:36 PM

View Post~LemonMyrtle~, on 14 July 2019 - 02:37 PM, said:

Can you paint them? Fiddly, but would come up nicely.


We considered painting our timber ones white, but oil stain aside, it would have involved pulling apart the whole blind and painting each one, then re-threading. With all of the cords that go through, and the lack of 'bracing' it would be virtually impossible to do while hanging.

I've got the time so didn't mind that, but we couldn't get anyone who could fix the broken cords, so that decided us in the end.

#12 i-believe-in-miracles

Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:46 PM

I think I just need to live with them. A good clean will help (I’ve cleaned one and it looks better - still not brilliant white but definitely an improvement). I am fortunate enough to have been able to get my house painted so I need to be thankful for that.

#13 born.a.girl

Posted 15 July 2019 - 05:55 AM

A newly painted house is a thing of joy.  That's a good idea to live with it for six months - chances are you won't even notice, then.

The last two times we've had the outside done we've had it done professionally, and it's glorious how fast it's done.

Internally, we just keep chugging away doing it ourselves - late sixties so not used to paying for it - meaning there are some bits that have never been painted in 20 years.  I think we should bite the bullet and just pay.

Edited by born.a.girl, 15 July 2019 - 05:55 AM.


#14 i-believe-in-miracles

Posted 15 July 2019 - 07:25 PM

Yep born.a.girl... do it! It really is joyful.

#15 gettin my fance on

Posted 15 July 2019 - 07:48 PM

What about a good clean with a weakish sugar soap solution?

Many years ago, I was renting a house with a wall of creamy coloured painted cupboards in the kitchen.  As no-one had lived in the house for some months, we decided to give the kitchen a clean with sugar soap.  Cupboards came up a lovely crisp white.

You could mix some up and try it out in an inconspicuous spot.  Don't forget to rinse well with clean water afterwards to remove any sugar soap residue.

#16 i-believe-in-miracles

Posted 15 July 2019 - 09:14 PM

View PostWTFancie shmancie, on 15 July 2019 - 07:48 PM, said:

What about a good clean with a weakish sugar soap solution?

Many years ago, I was renting a house with a wall of creamy coloured painted cupboards in the kitchen.  As no-one had lived in the house for some months, we decided to give the kitchen a clean with sugar soap.  Cupboards came up a lovely crisp white.

You could mix some up and try it out in an inconspicuous spot.  Don't forget to rinse well with clean water afterwards to remove any sugar soap residue.

Yes I will definitely try this. Thank you. No doubt the walls will “dull” in time too.

Edited by i-believe-in-miracles, 15 July 2019 - 09:43 PM.


#17 born.a.girl

Posted 16 July 2019 - 07:52 AM

I hope you don't have thick skirting boards like we do.


Dust catchers - on brilliant white.


Next time I will paint them dirt colour.




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