Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Enamel Review

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Is Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Enamel all it claims to be? How does this cabinet and furniture paint hold up in a kitchen? Read on for the answers!

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Gone Wrong

Two years ago we painted our kitchen cabinets. We used Valspar’s Furniture Paint because we had used it in other areas in our home and LOVED it.

Valspar Furniture Paint and Valspar Cabinet Enamel have since been combined into this ONE product. Keep reading to see why I recommend it!

But even though it performed beautifully when we used it on our coffee nook makeover and our guest bathroom reno, it was not designed to hold up to the daily wear and tear that a kitchen gets since it didn’t have the advantage of being an enamel that dries to a harder finish.

The paint chipped easily and would scratch off when I went to clean them. I was touching them up so often it just wasn’t worth it anymore. After a year of touch-ups, I was ready to repaint.

I had used Valspar’s Cabinet Enamel before and was not impressed. So I knew I didn’t want to go that route again.

Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Enamel

During a trip to Lowe’s, I came across this new product from Valspar. It looked to be a combination of their furniture and cabinet paint in one.

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I decided to give it a shot.

I purchased the paint in the same gray we had already painted the cabinets previously, Sherwin Williams Perpetual Gray.

Even though it was a Valspar paint, they have the hex color codes in their system for multiple brands of paint. This is how I was able to choose a Sherwin Williams color. Check out my post for more on choosing kitchen cabinet colors.

Our Pick
Valspar Valspar Cabinet & Furniture Oil Enriched Enamel Satin Enamel
  • Oil-enriched enamel
  • Exceptional durability
  • Strong factory-like finish with no brush marks


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Valspar Paint Claims

I took the paint home and prepared to repaint my kitchen cabinets. Now let’s talk claims. Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Oil-Enriched Enamel promises:

  • No brush marks
  • Strong, factory-like finish
  • Fade, scratch, and scuff resistant
  • No sanding or priming needed
  • Soap and water cleanup

No Brush Marks

This claim was true with the furniture paint and it’s true with this new line, as well. I used both a foam roller and a brush on the cabinets and both dried to a smooth, consistent finish.

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Fade, scratch, and scuff resistant

It’s been three years since we repainted with Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Enamel and I’ve been so impressed with the durability. Night and day difference on how well they’ve held up!

I can clean them without the finish scratching. I will say, I’ve still had a little chipping on the drawers that get the most use. But only a few, nothing like what it was before when I was basically having to repaint whole drawers and doors at a time.

I had a friend who hired a professional to paint her kitchen cabinets and the paint is already peeling off!

So I’ll gladly touch up a few places here and there with my leftover paint that only cost me $50!

No Sanding or Priming

I didn’t sand before using this paint and I chose not to prime either since I was going over the same color.

As I said, I’ve been happy with the durability, but if I was starting from the beginning, I would prime. Since kitchens are typically a high traffic area and get a lot of wear and tear, it’ll help your finish last longer if you prime.

Soap and water cleanup

This claim has been true, as well. Most of the time I just run a towel under hot water and give them a quick wipe down. Sometimes I’ll use my Young Living Thieves cleaner and that has worked well, too.

I will also say that this paint goes FAR. It only took a quart for me to repaint mine, but you could easily do a standard size kitchen with one gallon of paint unless you’re painting white over a dark color.

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Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Enamel FAQs

Does Valspar Cabinet Enamel need primer?

Technically, no. It has a built in primer. But if you’re using it on your kitchen cabinets or on a piece of furniture that gets a lot of use, I recommend using a primer for maximum adhesion.

Is Valspar Furniture Paint any good?

Yes! After using this paint multiple times on several projects I can say from experience Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Paint is a high quality paint that lasts.

Should I use enamel paint for cabinets?

Enamel dries to a hard top coat for a durable lasting finish. It holds up better than regular paint on surfaces like kitchen cabinets that get a lot of wear and tear. Using an oil-based enamel on your cabinets will give the paint job a longer life.

Does Valspar Cabinet Paint need to be sealed?

No, the enamel dries to hard finish and doesn’t require a top coat sealant.

IS VALSPAR’S NEW CABINET AND FURNITURE OIL-ENRICHED ENAMEL ALL IT CLAIMS TO BE?

Overall, YES! This paint is everything it claims to be. It’s everything I loved about their furniture paint in a durable enamel.

If you’re thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets, I would definitely recommend this paint!

And if you need some tips on cabinet painting be sure to check out my post: How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets (the Right Way!)

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2 Comments

  1. If the Valspar furniture and cabinet paint has an oil base, does it tend to yellow? Also, in the past oil based paints were difficult to clean up, as they required turpentine, or mineral spirits to soak the brushes and scrap the paint out of them. I usually just ended up throwing away the brushes, and rollers if using oil based paint. So, what makes this oil paint able to be cleaned with soap and water?

    Thanks for the info. snd feedback. This is all great news!

    1. It’s an oil enriched enamel with a water base so it’s the best of both worlds! Soap and water clean-up is all that’s needed!

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