Refinishing Cabinets? Latex Paint vs. Chalk Paint:

    Kitchen Island Cabinets Latex or Chalk Paint
    Kitchen Island Cabinets Latex or Chalk Paint

    Chalk Paint vs. Latex Paint

    Some of the pros and cons of two types of paint for cabinets:

    LATEX PAINT

    Pros

    – Latex paint comes in a variety of finishes, so you can easily achieve the sheen level you want, simply by selecting that finish.

    – Latex also comes in an amazing variety of colors, so if you have colorful taste and want a bold statement on your kitchen cabinets, you may want to consider latex, as you can get it in almost any color, or even have a color mixed to match a specific color.

    – A semi-gloss finish on cabinets will be easy to wipe clean and will not stain or hold onto grime as chalk painted cabinets may do

    Cons

    – Latex paint has a significantly longer dry time between coats. (at least 24 hours in-between coats)

    – Latex also needs a perfectly smooth and cleaned surface to get good adhesion.  This means lots and lots of sanding, cleaning and priming, before you can paint.

    CHALK PAINT

    Pros

    – In general, chalk paint requires almost no preparation, and really just needs a clean surface to adhere to. Also chalk paint doesn’t require primer in most instances.

    – Chalk paint has super fast drying time, usually about an hour.

    – Chalk paint sadness really well.  You can get the smoothest, finish by sanding.

    – apply a wax topcoat for a perfect matte sheen

    Cons

    – Chalk paint tends to chip easily, which is why people love it for a distressed look.

    – When you sand chalk paint, the super fine dust that results gets everywhere.

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