The Best Benjamin Moore Cabinet Paint

You have a vision for your kitchen, and painted cabinets will complete the look – now it’s time to figure out the best paint for your makeover. The finish needs to be beautiful, easy to maintain, and last for years, so choosing a high-quality paint is essential! Premium paints like those from Benjamin Moore provide a smoother finish, better coverage, and increased durability for painted surfaces such as kitchen or bathroom cabinets.

Benjamin Moore's ADVANCE Interior Paint provides the superior leveling of traditional oil-based paint in a waterborne alkyd enamel, creating a furniture-grade finish to make your home improvement project a success. With the right preparation, even a DIY paint job can achieve professional results with ADVANCE interior paint. The expense of a high-end paint is worth the investment because the result is both beautiful and long lasting – which is why we believe ADVANCE  is Benjamin Moore’s best cabinet paint yet!

What kind of paint is best for cabinets?

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Wood stain colors trend in and out, and cherry or golden oak cabinets can date your home to a specific decade. The espresso cabinets that were stylish ten years ago look heavy in this era of light gray, off white, and white paint. When applied correctly, kitchen cabinet paint lasts longer than many other refinishing options, while protecting surfaces and making them easier to keep clean.

A high-quality cabinet paint will have the following features:

  • Smooth flow and a uniform sheen, even when using a paint sprayer
  • A high-hiding formula for great coverage with fewer coats of paint
  • A durable, smooth, furniture-quality finish
  • Adherence to laminate, urethane, MDF, and engineered wood cabinetry
  • Low-VOCs, even after tinting
  • Precise paint color options that are exactly right

Benjamin Moore ADVANCE Interior Paint has all of these qualities – and more!

Benefits of Benjamin Moore ADVANCE

Benjamin Moore ADVANCE paint is preferred by professional painters because the waterborne alkyd feels like an oil-based paint during application, and it levels to a smooth, factory-like finish that resists chipping and damage. But unlike oil-based paints that yellow over time, water-based paint colors stay true. This alkyd resin paint was designed to replace oil and latex paints with a cleaner formula. Plus, it is available in more than 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors and three paint sheens.

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Excellent Flow & Leveling

Benjamin Moore ADVANCE paint is known for its superior “leveling” which is a paint’s ability to fill in tiny imperfections and flow into a smooth, consistent surface. This is especially important in kitchens and bathrooms, where cabinet boxes are typically painted with a brush and cabinet doors are finished with a paint sprayer. With ADVANCE’s superior leveling, you’ll see no difference between sprayed and brushed areas. You’ll love your finished paint project with its uniform surface free from brush marks.

High Volume Solids

Benjamin Moore ADVANCE cabinet paint contains more volume solids than other brands. Volume solids are the pigment and binder molecules left after the liquids evaporate and the paint dries. Depending on the sheen you choose, 37-40% of ADVANCE interior paint comes from quality solids. Premium paints like Benjamin Moore contain higher quantities of pigment and binder to provide richer color and a durable surface that resists scuffs.

Exceptional Coverage

First coat, second coat, third coat, top coat…with other paints, the job seems never-ending. But Benjamin Moore ADVANCE’s high percentage of volume solids delivers outstanding coverage so you can finish a paint project in fewer coats. Additionally, this high-hiding formula allows brushed edges to blend easily with rolled or sprayed areas.

Quick Dry Time

Oil-based paints typically take over 24 hours to dry, but Benjamin Moore ADVANCE paint is dry to the touch within 4-6 hours!  You’ll be able to move cabinet doors and clean up the work area at day’s end. Be sure to let the paint dry for 16 hours before you re-coat. Like most alkyd paints, ADVANCE paint can take up to 30 days to fully cure to a hard, furniture-quality finish.

Although these wait times are longer than other types of paint, the alkyd formula creates a more durable surface that will endure years of use. And remember fastest isn’t always best – acrylics dry so fast you won’t get the leveling needed for a factory-like finish.

Gennex® Color Technology

Chemical components that help pigments mix into paint actually weaken the paint and affect its performance. This is why many paint brands are less durable in deep, vibrant colors. However, Benjamin Moore's special Gennex® Color Technology formula provides better durability, vibrancy, and hide. Unnecessary chemicals were removed to create a simpler, stronger colorant formula. Gennex® Color Technology provides Low-VOC and Zero-VOC paints in vibrant colors that stay true!

Choosing a Paint Sheen for Cabinets

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A paint’s finish, or paint sheen, refers to how much light is reflected off its surface. Finishes with some gloss are more durable, easier to clean, and enhance decorative details. Cabinets, woodwork, furniture, and anything that requires regular cleaning should have some shine to the surface. ADVANCE Interior Paint is available in three different sheens: satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss. It’s our favorite cabinet paint because of its smooth, furniture-like finish!

Comparison of the different sheens available with Benjamin Moore ADVANCE

When choosing the right paint sheen for your cabinets, remember that any amount of shine makes surface details stand out. A high gloss finish makes dark or vibrant cabinet colors look even richer but also highlights imperfections. It showcases carvings and moldings, but also any dents or unfilled gaps. But before choosing matte paint for your remodel, remember the higher sheens are also more washable – a practical consideration when painting kitchen cabinets.

Most kitchens and bathrooms use a combination of paint sheens with a low gloss finish such as eggshell on the walls and a glossier sheen on the cabinets. Light reflecting off the varying surface sheens creates subtle contrast that adds interest.


Laundry room cabinets painted with Benjamin Moore ADVANCE in Kensington Blue CC-780, SatinLaundry room cabinets painted with Benjamin Moore ADVANCE in Kensington Blue CC-780, Satin

Satin paint has a soft gloss similar to a hand-rubbed lacquer that creates a smooth, wipeable surface. It’s a modern choice ideal for softly highlighting cabinet profiles with a barely noticeable gloss. If you’re not a fan of shine, choose satin for easy-to-clean cabinets and woodwork. Satin sheen is also a good choice for a cabinet DIYer since the low gloss finish hides small imperfections like roller and brush marks.


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Semi-gloss paint has a noticeably glossy finish. A traditional choice for cabinets, millwork, trim, and doors, a semi-gloss finish calls attention to molding and decorative carvings. Semi-gloss is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets because it highlights cabinet details, is very durable, and is easy to wipe clean without scrubbing. To avoid brush marks, apply semi-gloss paint to a well-prepared surface with a high-quality brush and roller, use a paint sprayer, or hire a professional painter.


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High-gloss paint has a mirror-like finish that is extremely durable and easy to wipe clean. It enhances paint colors and adds glamorous shine to cabinets, woodwork, and furniture. Interior designers love a glossy sheen for the drama it adds, but this finish isn’t for everyone. Careful surface preparation is critical because even the slightest dent will stand out when a high-gloss paint is applied. If you’d like a high-gloss kitchen, we recommend hiring a professional painter to prep the space and apply the paint with a sprayer.

Shop Benjamin Moore ADVANCE Interior Paint at Ring’s End

Kitchen cabinets painted with Benjamin Moore ADVANCE in Newburg Green HC-158, Semi-GlossKitchen cabinets painted with Benjamin Moore ADVANCE in Newburg Green HC-158, Semi-Gloss

With its durable finish and three furniture-quality sheens, Benjamin Moore ADVANCE Interior paint was formulated with cabinets and millwork in mind. You don’t even have to make a trip to the paint store – order Benjamin Moore ADVANCE online through Ring’s End – we’re certain you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for among Benjamin Moore’s expansive selection of over 3,500 paint colors. You can also chat with a Ring’s End paint expert online or via text at (203) PRO-HELP for guidance on your particular project.

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