The Best Cabinet Paint – Alternative to Cabinet Kits

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 a 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 and bathroom vanities. I looked into several different types of cabinet paint until I finally found the best cabinet paint: Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel and Urethane-Acrylic cabinet paint.

Alternative Cabinet Paint to Cabinet Kits

If you are looking for an alternative, I recommend Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel or Cabinet Coat Enamel Semi-Gloss for any cabinet project.

Both of these cabinet paints are perfect for any cabinet or bathroom vanity project, especially in a high moisture or high traffic area.

These cabinet paints are tintable and very durable, so you can choose any color for your project. They are both easy to apply and only a couple coats of paint was needed to cover my bathroom vanity and mirror frame.

A gallon of cabinet 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.

Must Read – Do not make these mistakes!

Learn from our mistakes when painting cabinets. We share our tips and tricks to paint laminate cabinets and how to properly care for painted cabinets.

How to Prep Cabinets for Painting

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 lightly etches the surface this will help the paint adhere to the cabinets.

Label Cabinet Hardware

Label all cabinets with a post it note and label a plastic cup or bag to place the hardware from each set of cabinets.

How to Paint Laminate Kitchen Cabinets

Apply the paint with an angled brush into all areas that the roller cannot cover. Then paint the entire surface with a high density foam roller and smooth out any brush strokes.

Painting Laminate Cabinets

Applying the Second Coat of Cabinet Paint

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.

How to make your cabinet paint brush last longer!

Cabinet 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.

Shopping Checklist – Build Your Own Cabinet Kit

I used this same cabinet 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. Comment below and let me know how yours turns out!

Shopping List – Everything you need to paint your cabinets!

Do Not Make These Common Mistakes when Painting Laminate 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!

How to Clean Painted Laminate Cabinets

Grease and smoke from cooking may make white cabinets appear slightly yellow. Do not use any abrasive cleaners or brushes to clean the cabinets. Learn more here!

Modern Accent Wall

Easy step by step directions to install a modern painted accent wall for any space in your home. This modern accent wall can be customized to fit into a small or large space, and will instantly update your bedroom, nursery, bathroom, or living room.

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.

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11 thoughts on “The Best Cabinet Paint – Alternative to Cabinet Kits

    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

  1. 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

  2. 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

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