If there’s one thing I feel like we all struggle with, it’s choosing paint colors. Even after 15 years of designing and fixing up homes, I still struggle to find that “perfect” color sometimes. Different surfaces call for different types of paint too – you wouldn’t paint your exterior door with the same paint you used on your bathroom walls. So I’ve done some more research and tracked down some tips from our favorite paint guru, Joanna. So follow along and find out the best paint for cabinets and some favorite colors to use too! And also check out this post for even more favorite Fixer Upper paint colors.
Best Paint for Cabinets:
Joanna recommends using oil based paint for trim and cabinets:
I use oil based paint on all my cabinets and trim so it is easy to clean. I always like to get samples and put them up on the wall before I determine what color to go with. I carefully study the tones that are in each color based on the amount of natural light and lighting I have in the room.
Joanna’s new paint line will now be available at select Westlake Ace Hardware stores! They have 98 neighborhood hardware stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. It has been part of the Ace hardware distribution network since 1959, and a wholly owned Ace subsidiary since 2012. Sadly, I don’t have any in Illinois – but check their website to find a location near you. I’ve always thought it strange that Jo only sold her paint line at her store in TX – I mean, who wants to pay for shipping gallons of paint?!? But hopefully, they’ll start rolling it out to other distributors soon too!
If you don’t have access to Joanna’s paint or prefer not to use oil based paint, both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore offer a water-based acrylic alkyd paint that is recommended for use on cabinetry. Here’s a really great post from Katie at Bower Power blog comparing the two types of paint.
Now enough about paint, what is the best paint colors for cabinets?
White Paint Colors for Cabinets:
- Alabaster – Sherwin Williams (soft white)
- White Dove – Benjamin Moore (warm white)
- Chantilly Lace – Benjamin Moore (crisp white)
All of the above kitchen cabinets were painted Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.
Gray Paint Colors for Cabinets:
- Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray (moody blue/gray with a hint of green)
- Sherwin Williams Dovetail (deep warm gray)
- Sherwin Williams Argos (light gray w/ slight green undertones)
- Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray (rich charcoal gray)
images 1 & 3 – SW Argos | Chip 2.0
image 2 – SW Dovetail | House of Symmetry
image 4 – SW Gauntlet Gray | Chip 2.0
I’ll be posting more info soon about the best paint colors for exteriors and front doors, so stay tuned! Also be sure to check out my other post which features Joanna’s Favorite Paint Colors for interior spaces.
Do you have some tried and true favorite paint colors? Be sure to share them in the comments.
Have a great week!
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