What Kind of Paint to Use on Kitchen Cabinets?

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We all want to have a nice-looking home, right? But home improvement consumes a lot of time and money. The kitchen is one of the most used parts of the house, and naturally, we want to give it tender loving care by choosing the right paint for a complete make-over.

Many people waste money because they do not consider what kind of paint to use on kitchen cabinets.

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It’s not Just About Colors

The materials that we use are also important factors. One of the materials that we must consider is the type of paint. After all, you want a paint that lasts, right? You will regret it if you use paint that your toddler can easily peel off while you are not looking around!

It’s the Base that Matters

Using a primer is a must. Compared to paint, a good primer bonds well with the surface of your kitchen cabinet. The type of paint you want to use will determine the introduction that you will buy.

Latex paint requires a shellac-based kind of primer while for an oil-based paint, an interior oil-based primer is highly recommended. Both types of primers emit the strong odor so be warned. The difference is that the shellac-based type is quick to dry.

The surface types for oil-based primer include metal, wood, and any painted surface. Latex primer is good for drywall, steel, wood, and aluminum.

A Rainbow to Choose From

Considering the type of paint to use for your kitchen cabinet takes time. However, choosing the correct type of paint can result in the longevity of your kitchen cabinet, determine its speed of wear and tear and its resistance to dirt and water.

Regarding paint color, the most popular shades include brown, white, sky-blue, black and gray. There are different types of paint that you can use for your kitchen cabinet:

1. Latex paint is Everywhere

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If you want to save money, but you are a beginner regarding painting, then latex paint is good for you. Latex paint dries faster. This advantageous if you do not have the luxury of time when it comes to home decoration. It does not become yellow over time and is also eco-friendly.

But remember, if you are painting on wood, seal it properly, so the wood does not swell. This type of paint is so popular that it has many kinds to choose from.

On the other hand, latex paint can be easily stained. This can defeat the purpose of saving money because you will need to repaint it.

2. Oil-based Paint is a classic touch

Professionals favor an oil-based paint is also known as alkyd paint. It is a popular choice among pros because it covers the surface smoothly. Unlike latex paint, it doesn’t easily stain. Another thing is that it is easy to clean.

On the downside, the materials used for cleaning oil-based paints are quite harmful to the environment, and you will have to observe proper disposal once you are done using this. It also becomes yellowish as time passes and has a foul smell which makes it uncomfortable to use.

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3. Chalkboard paint is a new twist

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Chalkboard paint is not only meant for households with plenty of kids. This is a kind of paint that gives a chalkboard quality.

This paint type is quite flexible because aside from adding a dash of color to your cabinets and walls, it also allows you to write your to-do list on its surface and the doodles of your children.

No worries about cleaning because it is very easy to wipe off the dust and doodles. Plus, it is easy to apply since it does not require too many preparations. A clean surface is all you need.

4. Milk Paint is Tried and Tested

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This paint is still being used today. As the name suggests, milk is mixed with pigments that we use to paint our cabinets. Unlike oil-based paints, it does not give a foul odor and gives the furniture a semi-transparent look.

5. Satin and Gloss Paints Add Shine

Satin and Gloss paints are applied as finishing touches. An excellent finishing touch is to make the cabinet look attractive. Semi-gloss paint is more durable as compared to satin paint. It is also easy to clean and lasts long.

There you have it. These are just some of the painting suggestions for that elegant kitchen make-over that you are thinking of. These paint ideas are economical and they are budget-friendly, so you can give your kitchen a look worthy of being featured in glossy magazines.

Each type suits our personal choice, whether it is the classic type, the antique look or the quirky and practical type. What can you say about our list? Do you like them? Give comments and suggestions and don’t forget to share if you approve.