The Best Paint to Use on Cabinets

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 Rustoleum cabinet transformations vs paint.

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 cabinet paint 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 my project.

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Before painting cabinets with Behr Interior Semi Gloss Enamel

Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations vs Paint

A gallon of paint cost roughly $40.

The Rustoleum cabinet kit costs anywhere from $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 – totaling almost $300!

My cabinets turned out nice, but I found a better paint for cabinets that holds up really well.

In my opinion if you were to use rustoleum cabinet transformations vs paint, I would use paint.

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.

Alternative Cabinet Paint to Cabinet Kits

If you are looking for an alternative, 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 cabinet paint is tintable and very durable, so you can choose any color for your project.

The paint is very easy to apply and only a couple coats of paint was needed to cover my bathroom vanity and mirror frame.

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Shopping Checklist – Make Your Own Cabinet Kit

How to Prep for Painting

These are basic instructions on painting your cabinets, we have more in depth instructions on our Rust-Oleum Cabinet post.

If you want to learn more about how my kitchen cabinets turned out using Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformation Kit then view this post here.

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.

Should You Sand Before Painting Cabinets?

After the item has been properly cleaned, I recommend lightly sanding all surfaces that are to be painted.

Even though I have worked on so many DIY projects over the years, I never invested in a sander.

Finally I found a little mouse sander that speeds up the process and does not hurt my wrist.

If you don’t feel like spending the time to sand, you could get away with using Krud Kutter.

Krud Kutter will remove shine from cabinets, and very lightly etch the surface.

The sanding does not have to be down to the wood, just enough to roughen the surface so the paint sticks.

A piece of furniture like a desk or cabinets are used very frequently, so a light sand and durable paint is your best option

I have used chalk paint for other products because I didn’t want to sand, but it doesn’t hold up in high traffic areas.

Chalk paint is a great product, but I prefer to use it on décor items or a small piece of furniture.

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Repainting Cabinets

I recently painted my bathroom vanity and I just didn’t love the end result.

The paint job looked great, but the color just wasn’t right.

So, I decided to repaint the bathroom vanity to better match my space.

Here are some tips to repaint cabinets the right way, so they hold up!

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My Favorite Paint Products!

I have painted my entire home top to bottom, so I found some really great paint products along the way.

Here are my go-to paint products!

Instructions to Use Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel

Apply the paint with an angled brush into all areas that the roller cannot cover.

Making sure to use nice light brush strokes, while going with the grain.

Then paint the entire surface with a high density foam roller and smooth out any brush strokes.

If you want to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets view our post here!

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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.

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.

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 cabinet paints mentioned are easy ways to refresh your kitchen and much cheaper than buying brand new cabinets.

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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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23 thoughts on “The Best Paint to Use on Cabinets”

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    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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  3. 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

  4. 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

      1. Hi Isabella,
        Yes, this paint would work on laminate cabinets. I’ve used this same behr paint on laminate kitchen cabinets, laundry room cabinets, and a bathroom vanity. I’m actually getting ready to redo my kitchen cabinets that were painted with the rustoleum cabinet kit. The cabinet kit held up for a few years but is chipping, so I’m going to lightly sand my kitchen cabinets then repaint with this behr paint. Let me know if you have any other questions!
        -Lacey

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    1. Hi! I used the color Mountain Road by Sherwin williams and had it tinted in the Behr enamel. It’s a gray green color and absolutely love it! If you want to see more pictures, let me know. -Lacey

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