After completing ton of painting projects in my home, I finally found the best cabinet paint. This is the best paint for kitchen cabinets, furniture, bathroom vanities, and more.
Scroll down to read my thoughts on cabinet kits compared to Behr Interior Semi-gloss Enamel.
The Best Paint for Cabinets
My laminate kitchen cabinets turned out great using Rust-oleum’s cabinet kit, but I wanted to try another alternative cabinet paint for my next project.
Cabinet kits are definitely helpful for beginners, but there are other options that can get you just as good of results for less money.
So, I started doing research on the best paint for cabinets for laminate kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, and other miscellaneous pieces of furniture.
I looked into several different types of paint until I finally found the best paint for cabinets.
Cabinet Kit vs Cabinet Paint
Cabinet kits typically cost $70-$100 for only a quart of paint included in the kit, while a gallon of cabinet paint costs about $40.
I updated my kitchen with a cabinet kit and I needed 2 cabinet kits, brushes, rollers, and more – totaling almost $300!
My cabinets turned out nice, but I found another great option to paint for cabinets that holds up really well and is more affordable.
I highly recommend the below paint because it is tintable, the paint and primer are mixed in one to finish and seal the surface, the paint is lower odor, and affordable.
Best Paint for Cabients – Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel
If you are looking for an alternative to cabinet kits, I recommend Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel for any cabinet or furniture project.
This cabinet paint is perfect for any cabinet, furniture, or bathroom vanity project, especially in a high moisture or high traffic area.
Behr Interior Semi-Gloss enamel cabinet paint can be tinted any color and is very durable, so you can choose any color for your project.
Seriously, this the best paint for cabinets!
Shopping Checklist – Make Your Own Cabinet Kit:
- Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel
- Wooster Paint Brush for Enamel
- High Density Foam Paint Roller
- Mouse Sander
- Paint Tray
- Krud Kutter
- Paint Tray Liners
- Rags and Drop Cloths
- Cabinet Bumpers
- Painter’s Pyramids
More Tips from Behr
In case I missed something here are more tips about Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel directly from the manufacture.
If you still can’t find the answer that you are looking for, feel free to send me a message and I can help!
How to Prep for Painting
These are basic instructions on painting your cabinets, we have more in depth instructions on our cabinet post.
First begin by wiping down all surfaces of the item that you are planning to paint with a damp soapy sponge.
If your kitchen 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.
To learn more about how my kitchen cabinets turned out using Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformation Kit then view this post here.
Remove Hardware and Doors
Before painting make sure to remove all hardware, doors, and drawers. I painting my kitchen cabinets without remove the doors and they look sloppy.
There are paint drips on some of the doors and my hardware is covered in paint.
So, make sure to remove doors, hardware, and drawers then label everything to keep it organized.
Should You Sand Before Painting Cabinets?
After the cabinets have been properly cleaned and degreased, I recommend lightly sanding with fine sandpaper to roughen up the surface.
The sanding does not have to be down to the wood, just enough to etch the surface so the paint sticks.
Sanding Cabinet Tips
Even though I have worked on so many DIY projects over the years, I never invested in a sander.
I don’t know how I have been hand sanding all this time because a mouse sander dramatically speeds up the process and does not hurt my wrist.
If you use a mouse sander to sand your cabinets or laminate furniture, I recommend using fine sandpaper and slower speed.
Sanding can be tedious and messy, but it is worth the end result.
If the thought of sanding all of your cabinets doesn’t sound fun, there is an alternative to sanding.
The product Krud Kutter can help remove grease and the glossy look from cabinets.
Asides from cleaning the cabinets, Krud Kutter will lightly etch the surface of the cabinets to prep for painting.
Repainting Cabinets with Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel
If you are repainting cabinets that didn’t turn out so well, I have tips and tricks to repainting cabinets.
I recently painted my bathroom vanity and mirror frame dark gray, but the color just didn’t look great in my bathroom.
Here are some tips to repaint cabinets the right way, so they hold up!
So, I decided to repaint the bathroom vanity to better match my space.
Instructions to Use Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel
It is time to paint now that your cabinets have been cleaned, sanded, and wiped down. Apply Behr Interior Semi-gloss enamel with an angled brush into all areas that the roller cannot cover.
Making sure to use nice light pressure, while going with the grain to prevent brush strokes.
Then roll the entire surface with a high density foam roller and smooth out any brush strokes.
Do you need a top coat for painted furniture?
No Clear Coat is required – the paint and primer are all mixed in one to finish and seal the surface.
Behr Interior Semi- Gloss is so durable and will last for years to come!
How my Painted Furniture is Holding Up
I recently sanded my Rust-oleum painted cabinets and repainted them with Behr Interior Semi-gloss Enamel to freshen them up.
Even with 2 toddler boys running around smashing cars into everything, my cabinets look great!
All of the cabinet paints mentioned are easy ways to refresh your kitchen and much cheaper than buying brand new cabinets.
Let me know if you have any questions with your cabinet project!
Common Mistakes when Painting Cabinets!
Make sure to read the common mistakes listed here before you start painting your cabinets.
Learn from our mistakes, so your cabinets come out better.
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