Best Kitchen Cabinet Paint From Sherwin Williams
What Is the Best Paint for Kitchen Cabinets?
Painting cabinets is one of the best ways to redo an outdated kitchen without spending a lot of money. Cabinet painting, although time consuming, is a relatively easy job that any able-bodied homeowner can do themselves.
One of the most important parts of a cabinet painting job, besides the preparation, is shopping for a quality paint. Buying paint for a basic one-day wall painting job is one thing, but for a tedious cabinet painting project, it pays to use a durable paint that's going to make your kitchen look its best.
Shewin Williams sells an assortment of primer and paints that work well for cabinet painting. Sherwin Williams is also a little less expensive than Benjamin Moore and their premium paints provide the same quality.
PrepRite ProBlock Oil-Based Primer
After cleaning and thoroughly sanding kitchen cabinets, it is really important to apply a quality primer undercoat. Primer seals the sanded cabinet wood, block stains and forms a tacky surface that bonds well with the new top coat of paint.
One primer that I have used for years is ProBlock from Sherwin Williams, but buy the oil-based version, not latex. The primer does smell horrible, but it will give you the durability and stain-blocking performance necessary for a cabinet paint job.
In case there isn't a Sherwin Williams store where you live, buy oil-based Kilz instead. Kilz is also an excellent primer to use for kitchen cabinets and it's sold at Home Depot and most hardware stores.
ProClassic Acrylic Enamel
First, you must decide if you're going to use an enamel oil-based paint, or latex paint for the cabinets. There are pros and cons of each. Oil-based enamel dries very hard and it's the most durable, however, white oil paint tends to yellow over time. Applying oil-based paint is also a little tricky if you don't have any experience painting. The paint also smells awful and it's harder to clean up.
Oil-based enamel paint is great for kitchen cabinets, but a durable latex enamel is fine too. Latex enamel paints aren't quite as strong as their oil-based counterpart, but strong enough for the average kitchen and pleasant to work with. Some latex enamel paints, such as ProClassic, are designed to mimic the rich and shiny appearance of oil enamel.
ProClassic latex enamel from Sherwin Williams is a good paint for kitchen cabinets and trim, however, if you don't have any experience painting, I don't recommend this paint because it's a little tricky to apply because it dries fast. However, you can slow down the dry time by adding Floetrol paint conditioner. If you apply ProClassic correclty, it looks amazing on kitchen cabinets.
The cost isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for. If you buy this paint, I recommend spraying it, instead of applying it by hand, because the sprayed finish looks so much better. It does self-level, so if you use a good brush and roller technique, and avoid over-applying the paint, it will look fine. Use only a foam roller to mimic the sprayed look.
SuperPaint Acrylic Semi-Gloss
SuperPaint is a step down from ProClassic, but it is a premium paint that works well on cabinets, trim and walls. SuperPaint isn't overly expensive and it's a lot easier to work with than ProClassic, because it doesn't dry as fast and it provides better coverage over darker colored cabinets that have been primed.
SuperPaint is sold as an all-in-one paint and primer, but for kitchen cabinets, oil-based primer is still necessary before applying the paint. I recommend using ProBlock oil primer, or Kilz, followed by two coats of SuperPaint, using a 2" brush to cut-in the edges and a foam roller to achieve a stipple-free finish on the cabinet doors.
I recommend painting cabinets in a semi-gloss SuperPaint finish, not flat or satin. Semi-gloss looks best on cabinets and provides a smooth surface that's much easier for cleaning dirt and fingerprints. SuperPaint is not an enamel like ProClassic, but with a basecoat of oil-based primer, the paint finish won't rub off or damage easily.
The two paints mentioned in this article are the paints I would use for a cabinet painting project. Sherwin Williams sells an array of paints that could be used on cabinets, but these two paints in particular are the most durable and receive the best ratings. There are also zero VOC paints as well, such as Harmony and Duration Home, which are good for walls, but I'm not sure how durable these paints would be on kitchen cabinets.
Questions & Answers
If I use semi gloss Pro Classic. Do I still have to apply polyurethane to seal the paint?
My local Sherwin Williams advised against top coating Pro Classic with polyurethane. What I recommend for cabinets is Emerald Urethane semi-gloss (modified acrylic paint), over Pro Classic acrylic, for increased durability. My article is a little outdated (2016). For cabinet painting, I now use Emerald urethane paint because it dries harder and it's more washable. When sprayed, or brushed, it also levels really well like Pro Classic. There's no need to top coat Emerald urethane with sealer as the paint is already formulated with urethane. I've started using this product on my cabinet jobs and I've been very pleased with the results. I'll be writing a review about it soon.