Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are enjoying your March so far. Today I am answering some frequently asked paint questions regarding the best paint for different types of projects. Take note, I am not getting paid to promote any of this. All of these suggestions come from my personal painting experience in the last 8 years. If you have an upcoming project that deals with paint, then you will most likely find some direction on the type of paint you should use. Enjoy!
The Best Paint for Cabinets
From the 8 years I have doing this blog, I have read numerous reviews on paint brands, and have tried multiple different types of paint on wood cabinets and there is one that I would recommend over any other. It’s Benjamin Moore Advance.
- It’s an alkyd paint, which basically means it carries the durability of an oil based paint with the ease and clean up of a latex paint. Our kitchen cabinets in our last home were painted with Benjamin Moore Advance and the paint dried very hard, took a lot of beating and use, and were very durable.
- It levels out great. When we painted our kitchen cabinets, we used Benjamin Moore Advance and it went on very smoothly. There weren’t any weird bumps and it covered up the woods imperfections incredibly well. I have used other brands for bathroom cabinets, wood doors, and hall cabinets and they didn’t have the smooth look like our kitchen cabinets had.
- It’s easy to clean. With the paint drying hard and smooth, cleaning up messy fingerprints, spills, and caked on food was easy. I had one cabinet underneath my kitchen sink that needed a some touch-ups now and then, but that was the only spot that I noticed.
See this previous post for more reasons why I love Benjamin Moore Advance and a super easy method I used to touch up my cabinets when I needed to (which was not very often).
The Best Paint for Bathrooms
Satin or semi-gloss paints are best for high moisture areas like bathrooms. My top 3 paint for bathrooms.
- Behr Marquee – this is guaranteed one coat and has great durability. It also blocks out moisture which is a must for bathroom and shower areas.
2. Sherwin-Williams Super Paint is one of my favorite all around paints because it is a high quality paint with a primer, and it’s not as expensive as some of the other high end paint brands. It has great coverage, and also blocks out moisture. Super Paint is a brand we have used often.
3. Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa Paint – This is another great paint for bathrooms because it has been engineered for high humidity areas. This Aura paint also stands up to scrubbing and cleaning and will maintain its color with it’s Proprietary Color Lock technology so your color won’t fade even when being exposed to moisture. It has incredible coverage and if touch-ups are needed, the paint blends seamlessly with the rest of the wall.
The Best Paint at Lowe’s
Lowe’s has three major paint brands to choose from: Valspar, Olympic, and HGTV Sherwin-Williams. I have used all three, and my favorite is by far the Sherwin-Williams Infinity paint.
The Best Paint at Home Depot
The paint brands that are available at Home Depot include Behr, PPG, and Glidden. My very favorite is the Behr Marquee. You can look at this chart and compare all of the paints that Home Depot has to offer. You will see that Behr Marquee is definitely the highest quality of paint. It offers one coat coverage (again, this is a promise made by Behr only if certain conditions are met. I would plan on two coats ;)), excellent durability, the paint is more likely to adhere to your surface, it’s easy to clean, mildew resistant (which is why it is great for bathrooms), and it resists and blocks stains. It also has a low VOC…but if you’re like me, I kind of like the smell of fresh paint.
Behr Premium Plus Ultra comes in a close second. As I mentioned above, you will most likely have to do two coats of paint with Behr Marquee, at least that has been my experience, and for a little less money with many of the same benefits as Marquee, you can go with the Premium Plus Ultra. In my mind you can’t go wrong with either choice.
The Best Exterior Paint
We have painted the exterior of two homes now, all by ourselves. We have learned a thing or two, which I hope to share with you in another post down the road, but we knew that we did not want to have to paint again in a very long time. So we chose the best of the best. This paint cost a little bit more, but when you’re saving money by not hiring a painter, we knew we could splurge a little and we ended up being so happy with the results.
My very favorite exterior paint? Sherwin-Williams Emerald.
My top two reasons for choosing Emerald? It has great coverage and is backed by a lifetime guarantee that the paint will not fade, chip, or peel – which means less work for us down the road. Here is some more information that is found on the Sherwin-Williams website.
- Our finest paint with best-in-class overall performance.
- Features an exclusive cross-linking 100% acrylic technology for exceptional durability and hide.
- Extreme resistance to blistering, peeling, fading and dirt pickup.
- Self-priming with a smooth, uniform appearance.
- Provides a mildew-resistant coating.
- Meets the most stringent VOC regulations.
- Low temperature application down to 35°F.
- Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® paint colors allow you the freedom to choose from 100 color options, including a limited selection of darker colors formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding.
- Available in all Sherwin-Williams colors and custom tints in flat, satin and gloss.
- Backed by a lifetime limited warranty.
We have been very happy with Emerald exterior in both homes that we have painted, especially with the way it covered the previous paint. It has also been great to clean, as we have had a lot of mud and dirt on the side of our house.
Whew, I know that’s a lot of info, but I’m hoping this helps anyone who is trying to figure out the best paint brand for their upcoming projects. Pin this to save for later if you aren’t quite at the painting stage yet.
If you have any other questions, feel free to comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Painting!!