What is the best paint for kitchen cabinets?

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I want to paint my kitchen cabinets a creamy white. I need help on colors and sheens and the most durable brand. Thank you

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  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Dec 08, 2017
    I'm a huge fan of Dixie Belle Paint - little to no prep work and so many options. They have amazing customer service and will help with tutorials, learning more about their paint, helping with anything they can - http://www.dixiebellepaintcompany.com/shop/?aff=9

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 08, 2017
    Many brands now have a cabinet and trim style of paint that will work the best. If you want a creamy white, the best thing to do is to bring home some sample cards in colors you think you'll like then tape them to your cabinets. Look at them daily and decide which one to eliminate. Keep going, eliminating the one you like the least daily. Eventually the one you like the best will be the last card on the cabinet. Once you've painted, the best way to keep it looking it's best is to seal it with a non-yellowing poly finish. Most cabinets (but not all) are finished with an eggshell or semi-gloss sheen. It really depends on what you like.

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 16, 2017
      You're welcome. Wishing you the best.

  • TM TM on Dec 10, 2017
    I've painted my cabinets twice and had much better results the second time with Valspar Project Perfect white latex enamel in satin finish from Lowe's. It's an interior/exterior paint and holds up very well on cabinets.

    • Nikki Nikki on Dec 16, 2017
      Thank you! I recently bought a quart the Black to use on some old chairs I have. I haven‘t had the chance to try it yet, would you say you still need to prime and prep them before applying? And did it have pretty good coverage? I’m curious how much I will need to complete them. Also did you put any kind of sealer over it after? Sorry for all the questions but I know This will be a big job even though I don’t have a ton of cabinets and I don’t want to have them chip or peel on me 😁

  • TM TM on Dec 17, 2017
    Nikki since I had already sanded, primed and painted the cabinets once the first time, all I did the second time was sand them enough to get rid of the previous glossiness from a sealer I had put on them. After I painted the second time I did not apply a sealer, I think that's what caused my cabinets to yellow when I did it the first time. The satin enamel has a little bit of shine and is a hard finish, I do not think it needs a sealer. If your cabinets are not real dark, you may only need to sand to remove any shine before you paint, I used primer the first time because my cabinets were medium dark oak.

    I used a quart of the enamel for all my upper cabinets (the bottom cabs are gray) and I had paint left over, but since they had already been painted before, I only had to do one coat to get good coverage. You may need 2 coats. Also this paint is a very white-white, looks very clean and bright. Good luck!

    • Nikki Nikki on Dec 20, 2017
      Thank you, Was that the Valspar project perfect cabinet paint or the one for furniture?

  • TM TM on Dec 21, 2017
    here is a picture of the can, it was on the shelf in the paint aisle, the top of the can where you can't see on the picture says White 60071 satin, the bottom of the can where you can't see says general purpose enamel for wood, metal & more. the back of the can says ideal for plaster and masonry walls, drywall, wood and primed metal, trim, indoor and outdoor furniture, cabinets and wrought iron railings. If you don't want bright white I would think it could be tinted to whatever color white you want.

  • TM TM on Dec 21, 2017
    Nikki here is a picture of my upper cabinets. (I also painted and stenciled the tile backsplash)

    • Nikki Nikki on Dec 27, 2017
      Your cabinets Look Amazing!!!! I just went to Lowes and purchased this same paint! I can't wait to get started thank you so much!!!! I'm sorry for all of the questions but after doing some research and googling on this paint I read where someone said they waited 8hrs between coats, I was a little shocked it had that long of a dry time. Did it take yours that long to dry?

  • TM TM on Dec 28, 2017
    Thanks for the nice comment Nikki! No problem with the questions, I'm happy to help. It does NOT take that long to dry, about an hour for mostly dry to 2 hours for completely dry to the touch. I painted them indoors, right in my kitchen. I did one side, let dry a couple of hours sitting on those little yellow paint triangles that elevate them off the counter, flipped them over and did the other side then I set them aside and waited a full day before I re attached the handles and hung them back up. I did 2 doors a day, not all at once and I painted the cabinet frame at the same time while each door was off. I read that it takes 30 days for enamel paint to "cure", I guess meaning to be as fully dry and hard as it will get, so until that time I would try to avoid dings or scrapes after you put them back up. If your cabinets are dark I would suggest priming first with a couple coats of primer and sanding before you paint to get a nice smooth finish, and sanding between coats of paint if you paint 2 coats. I used a paint brush to paint the cabinets but you could use a small roller. So this process can add days to the project, but it's well worth it to take your time and do as good a job as you can. good luck, I hope everything turns out well for you.

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Dec 29, 2017
    Most paint will work but make sure you use a good primer