• Matthew Kowalski

Your Guide to The Two Best Paint Products for Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is one of the most high-traffic areas in the home; between meal prep, hosting guests, crafty creations for school, constant clean up, and everything in between, it’s important that your kitchen cabinets can effectively withstand all the activity.


There are several factors to take into consideration before determining the right paint finish for you, like how large the space is, what aesthetic you’re going for, and do you have kids (or animals) that will be interacting with the space on a consistent basis, to name a few.



When we’re providing a consultation for our clients, we typically suggest two different types of paint that will do the trick, Waterborne Alkyd Paint and Pre-Catalyzed Lacquer. They each offer their own unique benefits that work exceptionally well in a kitchen environment. Here’s a simple breakdown for you on the specifications of each type of paint:

Waterborne Alkyd Paint

  • Low odor, low VOC

  • Completely cures in 5 days

  • Provides a durable finish that withstands washing and cleaning

  • Delivers desired flow and leveling characteristics of oil-based paint

  • Can easily be touched up

  • More cost-effective for those on a budget


Pre-Catalyzed Lacquer

  • Fast-drying, paint takes about 24 hours to fully dry

  • Provides a hard surface that resists abrasion, including chips, dings, etc.

  • Chemical and moisture resistant

  • Like-new, factory finish

  • Higher-end, more expensive product


Depending on your lifestyle and the overall look you’re going for, one paint type can work better for you over the other. If you need help deciding what’s the best fit for your home, we’re here to help! Reach out to us today for a consultation and estimate, and we’ll be happy to help point you in the right direction.


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