Which is the best paint for painting kitchen cupboards? (A pros/cons review)

I did SO much research before I painted my kitchen cupboards because, let’s face it, it’s far too much work to be doing it again a few months later! I’ve done a round up of the most popular paints that I came across, and the pros and cons of each, so that you can decide which one is best for you.

Here are some of the different options that I came across on my travels; to suit a wide range of budgets, colours and requirements…

Wilko Cupboard Paint

PROS: Wilko cupboard paint seems to be really highly regarded. I follow a DIY group on Facebook and SO many people have used this paint on their kitchen cupboards – the comments say how easy it was to use on a range of cabinet surfaces, how one or two coats were plenty and that the paint is really durable.

The reviews on the Wilko website are also consistently amazing (which is quite unusual as people love to moan) so I think that speaks volumes. This cupboard paint is fantastic value for money too as it’s one of the cheapest! With this you could transform your cabinets for next to nothing.

CONS: One thing that seems to be an issue for some people is that the paint is thick and quite glossy in appearance – perhaps with more shine than typical satinwood paint, so it really depends on personal preference.

However, having said that, I think this is what makes it so durable which can never be a bad thing in such a hight traffic part of the house! There are also only 9 colour options currently.

Check out this paint and the colours available on the Wilko website.


Dulux Satinwood

PROS: I used Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood to paint all of the woodwork in our house the year before last and I love it! It goes on really easily and it still looks perfect (and bright white) two years later. I did two coats on all of skirting boards and door frames, Finn’s wardrobe and upcycled the kids’ beds with less than two tins so it goes a long way – making it great value for money. It’s reasonably priced, wipeable and easy to find on Amazon and in most DIY stores.

I’ve never used it on kitchen cabinets but Dulux do recommend this paint, or their cupboard paint, for kitchen cupboards on their website and there are good reviews online. There are also lots of colours to choose from – especially if you’re looking for something a bit different.

CONS: It’s not technically made for kitchen cupboards, so it could possibly be less durable than other more specialist paints.

Check out this paint and the colours available on the Dulux website.


Farrow & Ball Eggshell

PROS: I used Farrow & Ball Modern Eggshell (40% sheen) on my own kitchen cupboards and I chose it for a few reasons. Firstly, I found reviews saying it was durable and bullet-proof (it’s also used for flooring) and was likely to hold up better than the 20% sheen paint. There are also over 100 different colour options and they’re gorgeous; I fell in love with Moles Breath so it just had to be this paint.
9 months on it was definitely worth it. I’ve had boiling pans spill over down my drawers, steam on the upper units, scrubbed off splats of pasta sauce etc and it’s still looking amazing. It touches up seamlessly too if needed.
CONS: In my experience, this paint was hardwork and it took a lot of coats to get decent coverage. It also took me a while to get used to the paint – if I went too slowly and went over it too much it would dry patchy, but if I worked too quickly there would be bubbles. Having said that, I follow a kitchen painting company on Facebook and they only use Farrow & Ball so perhaps it gets easier to work with when you get used to it.
Another con is the price – it’s very expensive compared to other brands but I decided it was worth it in the sense that for £150 for paint and primer I completely transformed my kitchen.


Dulux Cupboard Paint

PROS: Dulux Cupboard Paint has lots of good reviews, and I generally rate Dulux pretty highly (most of our house is painted with Dulux) so I doubt this paint would be any less superior. Unlike the satinwood, this one claims to need no primer and to be tough and scruff resistant which might make it a better option since it has been designed to withstand use on kitchen cupboards.

At around £20 a tin, it’s also really affordable so a great option for anyone working on a tight budget.

CONS: I did find a few reviews where people said it had chipped further down the line, but this does seem to be true of all the paints I explored – they’ll always be a few negative experiences. I do wonder if perhaps this would be less likely with priming – even if using non-priming paint I think I would be tempted to prime first anyway.

There are only a handful of colour choices to choose from in the Dulux Cupboard Paint which is fine if you’re happy with those but if not you’d need to get something mixed.

Check out this paint and the colours available on the Dulux website.


V33 Cupboard and Cabinet Paint

PROS: Like the Wilko cupboard paint, the V33 Cupboard and Cabinet Paint is talked about a lot on the DIY page I follow. So many people have recommended this paint as being really easy to work with, and also commented that it stands the test of time.

It has great reviews online, a mid-sheen (so wipeable but not too glossy) and it seems that 2/3 coats is plenty. You can pick up a big tub from B&Q for just £36 which should be plenty, so it’s really well priced. I’ve got bedroom furniture in need of a paint job, and I think this will be my next paint to try.

CONS: There are only 5 colours to choose from currently, which is the only reason I didn’t give this paint a go in the kitchen. But, if you like the colours (and want a less glossy look than the Wilko paint) then I think this is a really great option.

Check out this paint and the colours available on the B&Q website.


Johnstone’s Cupboard Paint

PROS: A quick glance on Amazon and you’ll see that Johnstone’s Cupboard Paint has got lots of brilliant reviews. There are some really love colour choices with this one too – I LOVE this deep blue! It’s also really affordable, although the tins are small in comparison to what some of the other brands offer so you may need a couple.

I’ve used Johnstone’s paint on past furniture projects and never had a problem (although nothing as high traffic as a kitchen), it’s also quick to be touch dry and doesn’t have much of a smell which is definitely a plus.

CONS: There’s the odd bad review about durability (but as I said before they all have a few) but one thing that did come up a few times was an issue with the likeness of the colour. One of the greys is said to more of a blue, and there were some colour complaints with other colours too – so have a look at photos of other people’s projects before you buy to be sure it’s what you want.

Check out this paint and the colours available on Amazon.


Frenchic Alfresco Paint

PROS: Frenchic Alfresco Paint seems to have a big buzz around it at the moment. It’s self-levelling and self-sealing, and supposedly ridiculously easy and lovely to work with. Their facebook page is full of happy customers and they share lots of photos and ideas for inspiration. The colour range is brilliant too; there are tons of lovely colours to choose from and different size tins available. It’s also really affordable.

The Alfresco paint in particular is durable enough for indoor and outdoor use which I think would make it the best option for kitchen cupboards from their range, as it would most likely stand the test of time. Again, this paint is another that’s so often recommended on the DIY page that I follow and one that I will definitely try at some point – I know a lot of people who say they’ll never use anything else now they’ve discovered Frenchic!

CONS: I was originally put off by the Trustpilot reviews but this has since changed. Whilst, as with all of the paints, there are some bad reviews I think most of the issues were due to the sudden demand when lockdown began last year. There were complaints about stock and delivery times, but this seems to be less of an issue now and the reviews are generally really positive again.

Check out this paint and the colours available on the Frenchic website.

Whichever paint you decide is the one for you, make sure you check out my post on How to paint your kitchen cupboards (and the mistakes to avoid!) before you get started! Good luck! 


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