What Kind Of Paint to Use On Kitchen Cabinets You Should Know

Painting with oil-based paints is hard to clean up and can make you dizzy with its noxious fumes. But oil paints also dry harder than latex, providing a more durable finish for trim, molding, and kitchen cabinets.

If you want to give new life to old wooden kitchen cabinets, painting is a great choice. You have several good paint options. For the best adhesion and a harder, more durable finish, an oil-based (alkyd) paint is tough to beat. But you must be willing to put up with the strong odor and solvent cleanup, along with a longer drying and curing time than you’d get if you used an ordinary water-based paint. Plus, the color may yellow over time.

The best solution to avoid the hassle of oil-based paint is a new-technology waterborne acrylic enamel paint that delivers the good flow, leveling and hardening characteristics of an oil-based paint without the odor and long drying time. These new paints dry fast and clean up with soap and water. The main challenge is a smooth finish, but pros say that if the waterborne acrylic enamel is applied heavily enough and worked in small sections, it will flatten out nicely. Avoid a dry brush and going over sections already starting to dry.

The Best Kind of Paint for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Don’t forget other keys to success when painting cabinets—surface preparation (degreasing, cleaning and sanding), priming (use a top-quality primer), brushing (use the best-quality brush for the type of paint) and drying (follow label directions).

Gloss, semi-gloss, or satin–the, harder the finish the better

Paint on kitchen cabinets is not practical; You would not even use egg shell finish dates. You want a surface that permanent and clean out, so you don’t back for at least a few years.

Spring for quality paint

You will get better coverage and results with high quality paint. I love the beautiful colours of Europe for the oils and soils and Farrow & ball, Benjamin Moore and Pratt & Lambert make good colors and latex. What I use the most is Benjamin Moore beforehand. Two coats of paint are indispensable for cabinets-they build a surface. By the way, if you on the most beautiful finish, use a brush, a fine brush from 2 to 2 1/2-inch.


After preparation, the trigger is of crucial importance. All-in-one primer and lacquer products are to be avoided; They do not a job well. In truth, oil injectors and paint the best keep and give more permanent results on cabinets, but because of the Dutch East India Company, oil is prohibited in many countries, including New York. (Read our post all you need to know about the VOC in color.) A good alternative is the water-soluble color, such as the advance of Benjamin Moore, which is a kind of latex-oil combo. But note that it dries quickly, so it’s wise to add an extender, you have the time to make a nice finish without brush marks. And if you something plastic or otherwise difficult to paint, Stix is a good primer.


Start by completely empty and then thoroughly clean the cabinets so that all grease and dirt have disappeared. Remove the control knobs and handles and hinges. Remove the drawers and labels so you know where they belong. (cabinets, can also be completely removed and spray painted in a commercial structure, but this is bigger and harder to pull a job yourself.)

Wood is the best cabinet surface to paint

Unfinished, lacquered and wood all work well, such as MDF, compressed/faux wood. In truth is any material that you can scratch with sandpaper to make sure that the color is respected doable. That’s why laminates are not a good choice-you can paint, but it will not last long. Note that the color of the wood and shiny surfaces should first de-shiny; I use a liquid sander, Wants the bond, which is applied with a cloth.

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