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Acrylic Paint for Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

A popular choice for kitchen cabinet refacing, acrylic paint is known best for its easy application, simple clean-up and relatively quick drying time. This page will help you decide if acrylic is the right paint for your cabinets.


Using high-end paint supplies, refacing your kitchen cabinets should cost about $60 to $80, depending on the size of the project.


It’s simple to clean up and does not require the use of thinner (like oil-based paint does).

Perfect for first-time DIYers, applying acrylic paint is a much easier process than other paint varieties.

Acrylic paint doesn’t come with a potent odor, which makes it easier to work with.


Acrylic paint can take between 5-7 days to dry.

It does not have a high-gloss finish, unlike oil-based paints.

Acrylic finishes will not be as hard or durable as other types.


Because acrylic paints tend to stay tacky for longer than oil-based paints, it’s important to be careful around your kitchen cabinets for several days after the application. However, the color will stay bolder longer since acrylic isn’t prone to yellowing.


Acrylic, while not extremely durable at first, will not require much maintenance in the long run. Oil or grease stains can be removed from wood cabinets with medium- to high-gloss paint by diluting floor cleaner with water and brushing it gently over the cabinets. Rinse with cold water. A liquid wax can also be used occasionally to keep stains at bay.

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