My Favorite Cabinet Paint – Alternative to Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit

I have always loved the look white cabinets, but I didn’t have the budget to purchase all new cabinets. I started researching options on how to refinish the existing cabinets in my kitchen. I found that the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit is the best option for a beginner. Rust-Oleum is a well known brand, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a popular brand with so many great products.

At the time I didn’t have a ton of experience with painting, but I decided to try it anyway. The cabinet kit was perfect for a beginner since it had everything I needed and walked me through the process step by step. My cabinets ended up turning out great with this kit.

Now that I felt more confident after painting my kitchen cabinets, I decided to tackle another set of cabinets in my home. I started reading about how to paint a bathroom vanity, and I wasn’t finding a ton of useful information. Most of the information that I across were suggesting that incorrect paint products. So, I started doing research on different types of paint to find what would make the most sense for my bathroom vanity.

How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity

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

Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel Paint

After reading about several different types of paint and their best usage, I came across Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel paint. This paint by Behr was exactly what I was looking for. Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel paint is perfect for any cabinet project, especially in a high moisture or high traffic area. This paint is tintable, so you can choose any Behr color for your project. It is easy to apply and only took a couple coats to paint my bathroom vanity and mirror frame.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet kit is definitely a great product, but there are other options that can get you just as good of results for less money. If you are looking for an alternative, I recommend Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel for any cabinet project. The reason I highly recommend this paint is that it can be tinted any Behr color, the paint and primer are all mixed in one to finish and seal the surface, the paint is lower odor, and a gallon costs roughly $40. Compared to a $100 cabinet kit that usually comes with only a quart of paint.

Follow the same steps from our post, Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Steps and Tips to prep the cabinets for painting. Properly clean the cabinets then apply the first coat of Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel paint like you would with the cabinet transformation kit. I also, recommend the same paint rollers and brushes to apply the primer and Interior Semi-Gloss Paint.

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*No Clear Coat is required – the paint and primer are all mixed in one to finish and seal the surface! I painted the cabinets in my bathroom almost 2 years ago, and my cabinets still look great!

Both Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit and Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel 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!

Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation

This kit includes everything that you will need to complete this project except for brushes and rollers. View our Rust-Oleum Transformation post to find out what we wish we knew before tackling this project.

Sign up here to learn more about some of the basic paint types and their usage. I give you some tips and tricks as well as some things to avoid. Do not make some of these mistakes or you will end up repainting!

2 thoughts on “My Favorite Cabinet Paint – Alternative to Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit

    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

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