What’s the best paint for kitchen and bathroom cabinets?

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Real Estate Agent with Colorado Home Sales LLC

What’s the best paint for kitchen and bathroom cabinets?

 

I’ve been doing some research on this for homeowner’s who would like to do a budget update on their existing wood cabinets. If you’re fortunate to have solid wood kitchen cabinets or a wood bathroom vanity that’s sporting the lovely 80’s shade of golden oak, try painting them out before replacing them.

 

Key to a successful, professional look is the brand of paint you’ll be using. My recommendation is Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE brand. Its an interior alkyd-resin paint that brushes on like oil, hardens like oil, cleans like latex (soap and water), without the strong smell of an oil-based paint because it’s a low VOC (velocity odor control), waterborne paint.

 Unlike its competitors, Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE does not require a lot of prep. Cleaning your cabinets and then just a light sand should do the trick. You can apply ADVANCE without a primer. It flows and levels to give you a perfect finish. And, the color selection is unlimited.

 

Have you’ve ever tried to paint something like a bookcase with latex paint and the paint peeled? That’s because of latex’s elasticity. Not a mistake you’ll make twice and certainly not one you want to choose for the time investment necessary to paint out kitchen cabinetry.

 

If you have a bathroom or kitchen that needs updating and you're considering listing your home, please contact me, Kim Gaston, Broker Associate, Colorado Home Sales LLC, kimgaston719@gmail.com (719)661-6987. My team of experts at Front Porch Real Estate & Property Styling can help guide you through budget improvements that will create the biggest return on your investment.

 

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Kim Gaston
Colorado Home Sales LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
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Most welcome, Myrl. I agree, nothing like spending all that time and effort only to find less than satisfactory results.

Mar 30, 2013 02:19 PM #10
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Kathy Streib
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Thank You Kim.

Mar 30, 2013 06:19 PM #11
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Kim Gaston
Colorado Home Sales LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor, (719)661-6987

Wow, thanks so much Kathy! You are the best :) I'm honored to make your list.

Mar 30, 2013 07:06 PM #12
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Good morning Kim,

I came over from Kathy's post this morning as I missed this post! Excellent information..we just had our kitchen cabinets painted and just love the look!!!

Mar 31, 2013 05:14 AM #13
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
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I love this.  I just reblogged.

Mar 31, 2013 05:15 AM #14
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Kim, thanks so much for the tip-I don't do a lot of repainting of kitchen cabinets in my practice but when I do, I will now have a great tool so thank you for all the research you've done!

Mar 31, 2013 05:53 AM #15
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Kathy Fuhriman
Bear River Valley Realty - Tremonton, UT

Well I needed this information a couple of months ago. I had some cabinets redone and the guy used a laquer instead of paint. The smell is still rather overpowering. I am passing your recommendation on to my daughter who is thinking of upcycling her golden oak kitchen.

Mar 31, 2013 06:31 AM #16
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kim.This isa super informative and terrific post. You style isterrific and the information invaluable. I suggested this. Enjoy the day.

Mar 31, 2013 06:40 AM #17
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Good morning, Kim - Debbie Gartner's reblog brought me here today -- great information!

Mar 31, 2013 08:26 AM #18
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Kim, this piece of advice, while superbly beneficial, is most assuredly going to be cutting in to my free time.    

Mar 31, 2013 09:02 AM #19
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
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We swear by Sherman Williams in Alabama, but I definitely don't doubt  the qualify of Benjamin Moore as they have quite a good reputation.

Mar 31, 2013 09:44 AM #20
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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I saw your post on kathy's weekly round up...glad I didn't miss it. Thanks for sharing :-)

Apr 02, 2013 04:51 AM #21
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Kim Gaston
Colorado Home Sales LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor, (719)661-6987

Hi Dorie, would love to see a picture of them.

Thank you, Debbie. I appreciate it.

No problem, Joanna. Having them professionally done, would be my preference, but if budget is an issue this DIY project is definitely doable.

Great, hope its helpful to her, Kathy.

Thank you so much, Sheila. I hope you're feeling better.

Thanks, Michael. I appreciate her reblog.

Oops, Kevin. Maybe you could hire out?

Hi Charita, yes Sherwin Williams is great - specify it quite a bit for interiors. It will be interesting to see if they address their product line to develop a specific solution to compete with Benjamin Moore's ADVANCE. 

Glad you came over to read it, Kristin. Thank you!

Apr 02, 2013 05:12 AM #22
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pro's"

Sherwin Williams paint is the most widely used here, they're many more stores and the painters really push it.  I'm hoping they have the equivalent to the BM product.  Thanks, I'm definitely going to check on this.

Apr 03, 2013 11:16 PM #23
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Cassandra Boyes
Orchestrated Designs - Barrington, IL
HSR Certified Home Stager, Staging Barrington-Lake Geneva, www.orchestrateddesigns.com

This is great advice, Kim!  It's important for people to consider the longevity of their upgrades and finishes, and in this case, not to paint with something that's going to peel off in a short time!  Do it right the first time!

Apr 04, 2013 10:32 AM #24
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Kristen Ueckert
Ueckert Realty LLC - Keller, TX
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Oh. Oh! I love your post! 80s homeowner. Just did. Will say if you have Ash cabinetry and you don't want the woodgrain to show through, you best sand AND fill the woodgrain even if you spend it on the BM paint. No matter how amazing the paint is, that grain runs deep, so fill that in first (prep a little bit...) It just depends on your woodgrain and the finish you want in the end. Excellent post. So easy to bring it up to date with this tip!!! French white kitchen and charcoal bathrooms in a few days is so much easier than all new cabs!

Apr 04, 2013 10:37 AM #25
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Susan Kirk
Refreshing Innovations - Silver Spring, MD
Home Staging in MD, VA, DC, ASP

Kim,  I am a Benjamin Moore girl myself.  Their paint is so superior to the others I have used.  Didn't know about this new line.  I repainted my own cabinets a number of years ago...used Benjamin Moore and they turned out great.  It was a lot more work than this ADVANCE line seems to offer.  Thanks for the sharing this great information!

Apr 04, 2013 11:31 AM #26
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Kim Gaston
Colorado Home Sales LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor, (719)661-6987

Hi Cindy, I like Sherwin Williams too, their website shows they have water-based ProClassic which is supposed to cure as hard as an oil based paint. That may be another option.

Exactly, Cassandra. What a bummer to have to do it twice!

Kristen, I haven't seen Ash in our region, so that's good to know. You'll have to come back and post a pic... would love to see the results!

Hi Susan, you're a regular pioneer woman:) ! Good for you to take this project on yourself. Did you brush it on or use a paint sprayer? I've been told to brush the frames, but spray the door/drawer fronts.

Apr 04, 2013 12:59 PM #27
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Susan Kirk
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Kim - I used a mini roller (3-4 ") and had the primer tinted the same as the paint.  For the primer I used a soft roller and almost a sponge roller for the final coat. (All recommended by the Benjamin Moore guys.)  It was funny because it was when my son was a year and a half...I would take off a door early in the morning before he got up, block off the kitchen and paint it.  Then I would put it up later that day!  I would do another during nap time and another few at night!  Glad that marathon is over!  

Apr 08, 2013 05:25 PM #28
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Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
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Kim this is a great article for DIY inclined homeowners!  I love Susan Kirk's idea of one door at a time.

Apr 23, 2013 11:53 PM #29
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