Many people are looking to update the look of their kitchen, but the cost of a full kitchen renovation can be quite expensive. If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, why not paint them instead?

In this post, I’ll go through the different paints that can be used for kitchen cabinets, and the pros and cons of each.  Finally, I’ll go through the process that we use to transform your kitchen with lasting beauty!

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First, a hybrid emulsion paint can be used.

These paints consist of oil paint suspended in a water-based solvent.  They really are the best of both worlds, you get water cleanup, but when the paint dries, it has all of the oil properties.  These paints dry fairly quickly and with a hardness that rivals oil paints.  Sherwin Williams hybrid product is called ProClassic, Benjamin Moore has a hybrid product called Advance and a new product specifically for cabinets called Cabinet Coat.

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These products are great for when kitchen cabinets have to be painted on site in an occupied house.  Also, a fairly handy do-it-yourselfer could tackle this project too.

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Some words of caution, though; proper and thorough prep must be done to ensure that these products adhere properly and provide some durability.  I recommend sanding the cabinets and putting a high bond primer, such as Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer or Benjamin Moore’s Stix Primer.

Unless a sprayer is used, there will be some slight brush and roller marks.  Although the durability of hybrid paints is good, kitchens tend to take a lot of abuse; doors and drawers are constantly opening and closing and painted surfaces are rubbing and making contact with other surfaces.  The overall result is that the kitchen starts to show wear marks because the hybrid paint is just not as durable as a factory applied finish.

The next paint that can be used on cabinets is an oil paint.

The advantage of an oil paint is that it is more durable than its hybrid counterpart.  However, some of the cons of oil paint make it less appealing than the hybrids:

  • Oil paint is higher in VOCs, therefore it’s smell usually bothers people to the point that it’s uncomfortable to live in the house while the work is going on.
  • Also, it has a long dry time, usually upwards of 8 hours between coats.


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Finally, we have lacquer based paint.

These paints are what is used to finish cabinets at the factory.  They are quick drying, extremely durable and are ideal for kitchen cabinets.

However, these paints must be sprayed and they are very smelly.  They really aren’t the best choice for on-site refinishing.

How does CAM Painters transform kitchen cabinets?

We want the best of both worlds.  To provide the most durable finish we take the doors and drawer fronts off site to be sprayed with lacquer, therefore, the parts of the cabinets that get the most wear get the most durable finish.  We then match the colour in a hybrid paint and prep, prime and finish the exterior of the boxes.  Once the doors and drawer fronts are done, we bring them back and reinstall them.

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So, if you’re wanting a beautiful and durable finish for your kitchen cabinets, book a quote, we’d love to transform your kitchen with lasting beauty!