Painting Kitchen Cabinets

So your thinking about refinishing your kitchen cabinets. Painting kitchen cabinets can be a large, messy job depending on the size of your kitchen and your personal difficulty factor based on your home lifestyle with pets and kids, plus a busy life. But if your going to try, here are some insights.

Painting with oil-based paints is hard to clean up and can make you dizzy with its noxious fumes. But oil paints also dry harder than latex, providing a more durable finish for trim, molding, and kitchen cabinets. All of these are reasons why you should use a new, waterborne alkyd, to paint your kitchen cabinets.

Using Benjamin Moore’s Advance, but there are similar products on the market from Sherwin Williams and Behr. What is special about these paints is that they go on like an oil paint (smooth flow and leveling), have the low VOCs of many latexes, and clean up like latex (with just soap and water instead of paint thinner or mineral spirits).

The one drawback is that waterborne alkyds can tend toward the pricer side of things. But we believe you’ll be so happy with the outcome that it will be worth it when you don’t have to repaint a few years down the road. Also, it provides a more professional-looking finish than latex, allowing you to DIY and save on the labour cost of hiring painters.

If you’re interested in checking out waterborne alkyds for yourself, here are the big three currently available. If you’ve used one in the kitchen (or elsewhere) We’d love to hear about your experiences.

  • Benjamin Moore Advance waterborne alkyd
  • Sherwin Williams ProClassic waterbased acrylic-alkyd enamel
  • Behr Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel