My Favorite Cabinet Paint – Alternatives to Cabinet Kits

I recently updated my kitchen cabinets using a cabinet kit and it turned out great, but I wanted to try to find some other alternatives. So, I started doing research on different types of paint to find what would last on a bathroom vanity or in a kitchen.

After reading about several different types of paint and their best usage, I came across Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel and Urethane-Acrylic paints.

Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel Paint and Urethane-Acrylic paints

Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel paint and Cabinet Coat Enamel are perfect for any cabinet project, especially in a high moisture or high traffic area.

These paints are both tintable, so you can choose any color for your project. They are both easy to apply and only a couple coats of paint was needed to cover my bathroom vanity and mirror frame.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinet kits are definitely helpful for beginners, but there are other options that can get you just as good of results for less money. I have used all of the mentioned items to update cabinets, and I would definitely recommend using a paint for cabinets over a kit.

I highly recommend these paints since they are both tintable, paint and primer are all mixed in one to finish and seal the surface, the paint is lower odor, and affordable.

A gallon of alternative paint cost roughly $40. A cabinet kit costs $70-$100 for only a quart of paint included in the kit. I updated my kitchen with a cabinet kit and I needed 2 cabinet kits, brushes, rollers, and more – total near $300!

A cabinet kit does included other items required for your project, but you can buy better quality items separately and get a much better result.

If you are looking for an alternative, I recommend Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel or Cabinet Coat Enamel Semi-Gloss for any cabinet project.

Shopping Checklist – Build Your Own Cabinet Kit

I recently helped a friend paint her builder grade cabinets using, Cabinet Coat Enamel Semi-Gloss. The cabinets came our great and are holding up nicely- 2 years later!

Step 1 – Wipe Cabinets & Lightly Sand

First begin by wiping down all surfaces of the cabinets with a damp soapy sponge. If your cabinets are covered in cooking grease or other stains, Krud Kutter will help clean the surface as well as lightly etch the surface for painting.

After the cabinets have been properly cleaned, lightly sand all surfaces that are to be painted. The sanding does not have to be down to the wood, just enough to roughen the surface so the paint sticks.

If you prefer not to sand you can, you can use krud kutter instead. Since krud kutter little etches the surface this will help the paint adhere to the cabinets.

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Step 2 – Labels

Label all cabinets with a post it note and label a plastic cup or bag to place the hardware from each set of cabinets.

Step 3 – Painting

Apply the paint with an angled brush into all areas that the roller cannot cover. Then paint the entire surface with a high density foam roller and smooth out any brush strokes.

Step 4 – Second Coat

Wait at least a couple hours in between each coat. I applied all paint to the front surface of the doors before flipping the doors. The doors and drawers might feel dry to the touch, but they are not fully cured.

If you would rather not wait this long because you want to get this project done, I recommend painter’s pyramids. Painter pyramids prop up cabinet doors, so you can paint both sides of the cabinet even if it is not dry.

Step 5 – Top Coat

No Clear Coat is required – the paint and primer are all mixed in one to finish and seal the surface. This paint is so durable!

I painted my bathroom cabinets 3 years ago, and they still look great! If you prefer the extra protection, I recommend using a water-based polyurethane.

Cabinet BumpersAfter everything completely dried, place cabinet bumpers on the back of the doors and drawers.

I used this same paint to upgrade my bathroom vanity and mirror frame. View our post to see how they both turned out.

All of the paints mentioned are easy ways to refresh your kitchen and much cheaper than buying brand new cabinets. Comment below and let me know how yours turns out!

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I used this same paint to upgrade my bathroom vanity and mirror frame. View our post to see how they both turned out.

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9 thoughts on “My Favorite Cabinet Paint – Alternatives to Cabinet Kits

    1. Hi! I used this to paint my bathroom cabinets almost 2 years ago and they still look great. No chips or peeling of the paint. The paint and primer are all mixed in one to finish and seal the surface. Let us know how your project comes out or if you have any other questions! – Lacey

  1. When you used the Behr paint, did you sand the cabinets before painting them? I have Behr Ultra interior paint, but was told I have to sand the cabinets first if the paint won’t stick right.

    1. Hi! Yes, I lightly sanded the cabinets to roughen the surface a bit. I did not sand the cabinets down to the wood. I would lightly sand the cabinets if you are using Behr Ultra Interior Paint. Let me know how your cabinets turn out or if you have any other questions! – Lacey

  2. Is there a reason you used Premium Plus as opposed to Ultra or Marquee? Just curious if you have used either of the others and notice a difference since they seem to market the Premium Plus line as good, Ultra as better, and Marquee as best. Thanks!

    1. Hi Angela,
      When I was doing my research on paint, the Premium Plus had everything I was looking for and more. The paint also had really good reviews, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I have used Marquee to paint a couple of rooms in my home. I had good luck with this paint, but it still required 2 coats. I didn’t see much of a difference in the paint of the price. I hav

    2. When I was doing my research on paint for cabinets, the Premium Plus had everything I was looking for and more. The paint also had really good reviews, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I have used Marquee to paint a couple of rooms in my home. I had good luck with this paint, but it still required 2 coats. I didn’t see much of a difference in the paint of the price. The rest of my home is painted with Premium Plus paint. It is a little cheaper, and you still get a great result. Let me know if you have any other questions! -Lacey

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