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.
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.
Shopping Checklist – Build Your Own Cabinet Kit
- Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel or Cabinet Coat Enamel Semi-Gloss
- Wooster Paint Brush for Enamel
- High Density Foam Paint Roller and Paint Roller Frame
- Paint Tray
- Krud Kutter
- Paint Tray Liners
- Rags and Drop Cloths
- Cabinet Bumpers
- Painter’s Pyramids
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.
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
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 Bumpers– After everything completely dried, place cabinet bumpers on the back of the doors and drawers.
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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