The Toughest Paint For Cabinets

Thanks so much for all your kind comments on our Kitchen Reveal post.           .
I promised to share with you the paint we used on the cabinets.   After reading several reviews we decided to use Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint in Dove White.   This turned out to be the best decision we made in the entire kitchen update. 

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This is NOT a sponsored post for Benjamin Moore.  Actually I was offered a $100 gift card from another popular brand to purchase their paint for my project but I had heard so many great things about Advance that I declined the offer and purchased BM with my own money.

Using Benjamin Moore Advance paint is a little more time consuming due to the 16 hour curing time between coats, but so worth every minute.   During this curing time the paint will level and brush strokes will not be visible.  The paint is latex ( water based)  but creates a hard coat like oil base and no top sealer required .Here is an example of how very tough this paint is.  I used it on the background of the oyster sign  and once dry I tried to sand the sign to give it a distressed look.  No matter how hard I tried Coarse sandpaper would not even scratch the white paint.


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There are hundreds of post out there about painting cabinets so I won’t go into great detail about the process.  I do want to share a few tips though.


Don’t skimp on prep work.  This is critical to get a good and long lasting finish.

Use a really good brush.  I used Purdy brushes for the boxes and my husband spray painted the doors with the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer.

Do not use a top sealer on this paint.

We used a semi-gloss paint for a slight shine and for easier cleaning of the cabinets.

A little over one gallon of paint covered our small kitchen.  This included the range hood and trim.

Thanks for visiting!  I am off to update the guest bath vanity with the left over paint.



5 thoughts on “The Toughest Paint For Cabinets”

  1. We used the same paint on our cabinets. I've had just a few little touch ups since we painted about 20 months ago. I won't use anything but Ben Moore now. This new cabinet paint is far above anything else I've heard about. It's worth the extra cure time. You must be loving the new look!

  2. This paint sounds amazing and to think it only took one gallon to cover the entire kitchen is truly amazing too!….
    I think this may be a great paint to use on my porches with the columns as I get such horrible stains on the columns from
    insects such as spiders…I often wondered how the paint would be with brush strokes….and know I know!…thanks for this great information Sherry…the cabinets look great!!

  3. Thanks for sharing what paint you used. It sounds like the perfect paint! I really like Benjamin Moore paint, so it's no wonder that they have a good cabinet paint too.

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