I have completed a ton of painting projects in my home, including painting my cabinets, bathroom vanities, walls, furniture, and much more.
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.
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.
Save Money When you Paint Cabinets
A gallon of Behr paint cost roughly $40.
A 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!
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.
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
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.
Basic 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!
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.
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.
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.
We share everything you need to know to paint cabinets the right way, so they last!
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I can browse the bathmat isle for at least 20 minutes at Home Goods trying to carefully select the correct mat. I have a lot to consider in this isle and my husband doesn’t understand the thought process that goes into selecting such a simple item.
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