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No Prep Needed: Beyond Paint Review

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When painting furniture or cabinets and you don’t want to prep, sand or prime, consider using Beyond Paint.

Last week I revealed how I made over my laundry closet. I used maps on the walls and told you I would share how I painted the cabinets this week. I have used a lot of different paints over the years and am always game to try something different.

To paint the cabinets, that is what I did, used something different. After reading a Beyond Paint review online I wanted to try the paint out for myself.

I ordered two colors to try. Bright White and Licorice.

Beyond paint review

I used Bright White on the cabinets in my laundry closet.

To prepare the cabinets for painting took longer to do then the actual painting did. :-)  I first had to remove the old hardware pulls and fill in one hole leftover from the pulls on each door with wood filler since I was going to add glass knobs after I painted.

In the photo you can see glass knobs. Once that dried, I sanded the filler smooth, cleaned the cabinets with a vinegar and water mixture to degrease and then let them dry. Since I was being a teeny bit lazy, I painted the cabinet doors in place. I didn’t remove them like I did when I painted my kitchen cabinets.   Beyond Paint review

If you haven’t heard about Beyond Paint, in a nutshell it is an all-in-one style paint that combines primer, finisher, and sealer together in one product. It doesn’t require any sanding, stripping or priming. It also does not fade, so it is a good choice for exterior projects.

You can buy it in a kit, which makes it even easier to use. The only thing you need to do before painting is to make sure the surface is clean of dust, dirt and grease. The manufacturer recommends Simple Green cleaner or vinegar and water to do this. And specifically says not to use TSP to clean the surface.

Beyond paint on cabinets in a laundry room

The paint covers well and can be used indoors and out and will stick to virtually any surface. Plus, the paint is non-toxic, has no odor and low VOC’s.

How to use Beyond Paint

I used a little more than half of a quart of paint to paint both sides of the cabinets. Since I was using white over the dark cabinets, I needed 3 coats. If using a dark color, you would probably need only 2 coats.

Beyond Paint on laundry room cabinets

Once the paint cures which can take a few days to a month depending on the humidity in the air, it is very durable and can be scrubbed to clean.

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I replaced the cabinet pulls with new glass knobs from D Lawless Hardware. I also replaced the old crusty hinges to shiny new white ones.

Since I didn’t remove the cabinet doors to paint them, I had to touch up a few places when I replaced the hinges.  It is not the best way to paint cabinets, but I was all about fast and easy for the transformation of these cabinets. If you missed my post about how I used maps to wallpaper the walls, you can read all about it in this post. DIY Map Wallpaper 

I am happy with how the cabinets came out, the paint did exactly what it states on the label, but I am reminded about how personal style preferences will determine if you will like the finish or not. When I began to post about DIY chalk paint I found that some readers loved the look of chalk paint simply brushed on and could not understand why you would want to add wax and sheen over it. These readers preferred a very rustic feel to their painted finishes.

While other readers loved the high shine finish you can achieve over chalk paint when you buff wax over the paint. All loved the same chalk paint but used it in different ways to get the look they wanted to achieve.

Beyond Paint photo showing textured finish

Depending on your decorating style, I think the same goes when using Beyond Paint.  If you want a quick and easy way to transform a piece of furniture or your cabinets, this is your paint. It was the fastest and easiest paint I have ever used, plus clean up was a breeze.

If you are picky about sheen though, you may not like the finish since it does have a low sheen and a slight texture.  The company recommends using a roller over a brush, and to use a brush to stipple or mush into creviced areas and roll it over, or just brush everything on if you prefer that finish. Using a roller or brush is a personal choice and either can be used.

If you want a semi-matte finish that is fast and easy to apply, and durable when cured, you will love the paint. It comes in a variety of colors and can be purchased online at Amazon or Home Depot.

UPDATE:  From time to time I like to add an update to project posts I have written here on my blog:

It has been over a year since I painted these laundry room cabinets. The paint is remarkable…super durable.

The cabinets look perfect, even after getting daily use since I store all sorts of items in them besides just laundry items. Yes, there is a little texture on the finish when the paint is rolled on, but after seeing and using the cabinets now for over a year, I find I like the finish… a lot and the durability of the paint can not be beat.

I plan to use the black color called Licorice on a piece of furniture. I just have to find what I am looking for at the thrift store . :-)

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79 Comments

  1. How long did you wait to put the hardware on? I just painted with Beyond Paint, waited overnight, and ruined the paint when I put a knob on. So I’ve held off on the others. Just wondering how many days is good enough to wait before adding them! Thanks!

    1. Hi Sara – Overnight should be plenty, but drying time depends on how many coats were applied, how thick or thin they were applied and the temp/humidity in the air. I would wait at least another day if adding hardware messed up the finish. Press the finish with your finger. If the paint gets a depressed mark, it is not dry underneath. It may take a few days if this is the case.

  2. What about tannis or bleed through. Is this a primer and paint in one so this is not an issue

    1. Hi Jane – Beyond Paint is a primer and paint in one formula. I painted over old stained cabinets and did not have any bleed through. I painted these cabinets a few years ago and they are still very white – no color change.

  3. I’m about half way through with painting my cabinets bright white & I like it too. I did take the doors off. I could see doing 3 coats but I don’t need it to perfect coverage. I think any imperfections with just flow with my farmhouse style 😀.

    1. Hi Amanda – Yes, Beyond Paint can be sprayed using an HVLP system or airlines system using the wider nozzle.

      The paint is water-based and thicker than regular paints, but dilution with water should not be necessary if a wide nozzle is used.

  4. My dresser, came out blotchy/streaky any idea what might have happened or what I can do to fix it? I used simply green to clean and put on 2 coats of beyond paint.

    1. Hi Rita – Sorry to hear that your dresser came out streaky. I have two questions to help figure out what went wrong. Did you rinse the Simple Green cleaner off with clear water and let dry before painting? If not, the residue could have caused the paint to come out streaky. Secondly, Did you stir the paint well and again throughout painting? If you did both, then I am not really sure what could have happened. What type of brush or roller did you use?

  5. Am looking to paint my kitchen cabinets AGAIN. A few years ago I used another paint that claimed to be the best cabinet paint available. Not so. I was very disappointed with it’s durability. So my question to you is, how long ago did you paint your laundry cabinets with Beyond and how has the durability been? Also, are you in any way compensated for your review by Beyond Paint?

    1. Hi Ellen –

      I like Beyond Paint and it has held up very well on my laundry room cabinets, but they don’t get the abuse a kitchen cabinet does, so I am not sure for a kitchen. The paint is very durable when it cures and my cabinets look perfect.

      I was not paid for the post, they did send me a jar of the white paint to try.

      What brand of paint did you use when you painted your kitchen the last time? I have painted a few kitchens and have always used Sherwin Williams Pro Classic. It holds up great. The real key to making any cabinet paint last is the primer step and painting in very thin layers. You can see how I painted my kitchen in this post. https://inmyownstyle.com/painting-kitchen-cabinets-tips-for-success.html

      The paint looks as good today as the day I painted it. The only problem that has occurred over time is the two cabinets under the kitchen sink where the trash goes, get very dirty so I have to clean these cabinets a lot. I have also touched up along the top edge that gets water splashed on from the sink.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

    1. hi Violet – If you didn’t wax over the chalk paint, then you can use Beyond Paint over it. I would go over with 100 grit sandpaper for about 5 minutes to knock down any sheen and clean and dry.

    1. Hi Anita – Yes I am pretty sure it is fine to use to paint a changing table as it is a water-based paint an no lead. If you want to find out what the actual ingredients are in the paint, you can contact Beyond Paint. I am sure they would be happy to help you. Email them at [email protected]

  6. Do you thin this Beyond Paint is durable enough for a kitchen table top that gets regular use? Also, would the texture look/feel ok on a kitchen table and/or do you think the texture would make it hard to wipe/clean the tabletop? Thank you!

    1. Hi MMK – Beyond Paint could be used on a kitchen table that gets a lot of use. It is very durable and just as good as any latex paint. I have been told by the company that if you brush the paint on, you won’t get the textured finish. If you do decide to paint it using a brush, get a high quality one from Purdy or Wooster. These are made well and will lessen the look of brush strokes.

  7. Is this all in one paint now branded as a Heirloom Traditions products? Just need to know if it’s the same paint please?

    Thnx

  8. Hi! Can you use Beyond Paint to paint over wallpaper? I have been doing a lot of research and some claim it works! Have you ever tried it? My walls (wallpaper) in my RV are ugly. I want to paint them with the Beyond Paint. Or do you have any other suggestions for easy painting? I don’t want to sand/prime, etc. Thanks!

  9. Getting ready to do inside of RV renovation by painting all wood. Wondered about durability and how it stands up to heat.

  10. I’m excited to have found you. I love easy and you explain it both ways on the type of finish you want.
    I can’t wait to see your licorice color when you paint something.

    I have a butcher block kitchen countertop that had stains and I was going to use a gel black stain ( you have to sand etc before painting etc ) but I’m going to use your suggestion Beyond Paint . I’m super excited.
    Thanks dawn Boyd [email protected]

  11. Help! THe Beyond Paint is not working for me. I have spent the past couple days painting cabinets in my RV. I am on the 4th coat now because it still is not covering completely and I just realized I can easily scratch the paint right off the laminate part. What is wrong? I wiped them down ahead of time and even lightly sanded which I know wasn’t required. Any advice? Temp has been in the 70s-80’s, I let it dry the 2 hours in between coats. Don’t know what else I could do.

    1. Hi Brenda –

      It sounds like you did everything needed and the temp was just right. The only thing you didn’t mention was if you stirred the paint well before using. That could make a difference, but in your case, I think it is a curing issue. It may take the paint a few days to cure on the laminate. I would wait 3 – 4 days and then do a scratch test.

      If the paint still comes off after a few days, I would sand the laminate areas to remove the paint there and then clean the surface well. You could try again with Beyond Paint or I would buy a stand alone bonding primer like Glidden Gripper or KILZ Adhesion. These run about $23 a gallon. Use one or two light coats of this primer. Let dry overnight and then apply a coat of the Beyond Paint for color matching. Wait for the coats to dry a little longer – 6 hours and then add the next light coat until you get coverage.

      The people behind Beyond Paint are very responsive. They may be able to help pinpoint your issue:
      [email protected]

  12. I am thinking of painting my spindles on my stairs. Do I need to strip them or sand them first??

  13. I came across your website because I recently purchased Beyond Paint to refresh our kitchen cabinets. Except that in my case they were covered in thermofoil / melamine and as this lining was peeling, I decided to remove them all first. That left us with what is underneath which I recently learned is Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF.) This fact threw me for a loop because they have their own guidelines in terms of painting but as Beyond Paint claims no prep other than cleaning is required, it is what I went with. According to an article I found, since it is Acrylic paint it should be okay but we shall see. I happened to have purchased the black color “Licorice” so I have my fingers crossed. Painting is the next step.

  14. I am wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets. I have 5 children and need something durable but quick do you think this paint would work? I don’t love the texture but I would be willing to overlook that if it can be done quicker ;0)

    1. Hi Shantel – I like Beyond Paint. It is very durable. If you want something quick, I would recommend it. Just make sure to clean the cabinets very well to get dirt and grease off. Let dry and then use 2 light coats, letting the first one dry completely before applying the second. Using a roller makes the process go faster, but you will see a slight texture in the surface when it dries. It is very durable. If you use a brush, it will take longer to paint, but the surface when dried will be smoother.

      1. Hi Terrise – I have never tried it, but it may work. If you have both on hand, try mixing a small amount of each paint with each other and see what happens. If it doesn’t clump or get hard, then it may be OK. Sorry I don’t have a definite answer for you.

    1. Hi LL – The cabinets I used Beyond Paint in Bright White look just as good as the day I painted them. No chipping or wear anywhere. Cleaning them is very easy with soap and water. If you are thinking about using it for durability – I can attest that it is very durable and would recommend it. I used a foam roller to apply the paint on my cabinets which gave the surface a slight texture – which at first I didn’t like, but now it doesn’t bother me at all as the cabinets look great. You can use a high quality brush to lessen the slight texture a roller adds.

  15. Hi, I used Beyond Paint to do my bathroom cupboards and I love the look but I was disappointed that the paint chipped so easily — I’m wondering what I may have missed and if there is a simple fix for this not happening when I do my kitchen cabinets?

    1. Hi Melissa –

      So sorry to hear that your bathroom cupboard has chipped. Since I can’t actually see the surface, I can only assume that water got into the wood. When this happens, the wood expands and then dries and cracks causing chips to happen.

      The chipping could have also happened if the surface wasn’t completely dry when you first painted the cabinet or the paint never fully cured – which can happen if you live in a humid area. Also a bathroom – can be a humid damp place and the paint never fully cured.

      When painting your kitchen cabinets – Do some overall basis sanding ( not to the bare wood) with 100 grit sandpaper on a hand sanding block. after sanding. Doing this will help with adhesion. Make sure all dirt, dust, and grease are gone. When the cabinets are fully dry, then paint. Apply one thin coat, let dry and then apply another thin coat.

      Make sure to stir the paint well before using when applying every new coat of paint.

      Following these steps should keep any chipping from happening. Let me know how it goes.

  16. I read another blog post where the blogger used a foam roller and she got a much smoother finish however it took her three coats instead of 2 which I don’t mind if it’ll give a smoother finish. Has anyone tired this paint with a foam roller? Thanks.

    1. Hi Saba – I followed the directions that the paint brand recommended and have not tried painting with it using a foam roller. When I later spoke to the brand, they said to use a brush for a smoother finish. The paint is really durable and easy to use. If you have the paint, it can’t hurt to try using a foam roller or maybe even one of the new mix foam/microfiber rollers. Try it on a piece of scrap wood to see. I used this style roller on my kitchen cabinets with traditional primer and paint and the finish was really smooth. If you have not bought the paint, contact the brand and ask them. They will be able to tell you for sure. Here is their contact info: https://beyondpaint.com/contact-us/

      1. I read your co.ment, i have been looking for reviews on beyond paint to dk my kitchen cabinets, i wasn’t sure if i can use a priner furst to hive it a better coverage

        1. Hi Teresa – I used the white Beyond paint and decided to prime first since I was painting over dark wood. I had bonding primer left over from when I painted my kitchen cabinets. With the Beyond Paint, you do not need a primer. I only used it since I only had a limited amount of Beyond Paint and didn’t want to run out. I knew I would need at least 2 coats of Beyond Paint, have the primer base gave me 3 coats.

    2. Yes I painted my bathroom cabinets with a high density foam rolled in bright white it looks great . I did it about 6 months ago.

  17. Wow, never heard of “Beyond Paint” – have an end table I really want to refinish because it’s a perfect size and height for where i need it, but the thought of sanding blah blah – well, let’s just say “ugh”. Your cabinets look amazing, by the way, and thanks for the update letting us know how well it’s lasting.

  18. Hi! Love your laundry room (and your entire house!) This paint looks amazing! I am about to order some (I will click through your website just in case you get a kick back) We have a lot of furniture that we need painted quickly. This seems to be the best option, would you agree? I am curious how it is holding up to everyday use. The reviews on Amazon are quite mixed. Would you mind giving a a quick update on its wear? Thanks!

    1. Hi Cora Anne – The paint has excellent adhesion and looks great. I can wipe off fingerprints and dirt easily. The finish is durable, no chipping at all. The only negative I have with the paint is that when you roll it on, it has a slight texture. If you brush the paint on you will get a smooth finish. the next time I use it, I will brush it on.

      1. Thanks! I don’t mind texture on any of these projects. I will place my order!

      2. That is so helpful. Thank you. I had almost decided that I would not use this paint since I do not want a texture, so I am glad I read the comments. Your laundry room looks lovely–I really like those glass knobs on the white cabinets.

      3. In the videos of the paint i thought they use a foam roller. It would take longer to paint kitchen cabinets using only a brush

        1. I would use a roller, but try to find the new kind that says FLOCK FOAM. They are newer and the paint goes on smooth, better then a foam roller or basic nap roller. I bought mine at the Sherwin Williams store, but I am sure they sell them at any paint store.

  19. The beautiful blue background on the maps makes that laundry room come alive…now while you do your laundry, you can set sail around the world, and enjoy your daydreaming…looking at all the different places there are in the world….I love how fresh and vibrant the maps give this space, and create a nice ‘nestled’ feeling for the cabinetry and the washer and dryer…the blue ocean water in the maps ties in so nicely with the functionality of the space….and the clean white cabinets do now as well…now if you get laundry detergent with that ‘ocean breeze’ scent….you’ve hit the interior design jackpot!

    1. Hi Vanessa – The paint is like no other I have ever used. Just like the name says. It is Beyond Paint. I am excited to try it on a piece of furniture next.

      1. Could you please tell me if the paint it’s still holding alright? I want to try it since the day you post it but the reviews are not good at amazon :o(
        Thanks in advance!

  20. Hi Diane, just wanted to say I’m finding your site one of the most informative on the web. I’m in Bundaberg, Australia (can you find me on your maps? ?? I’m on the eastern coast, near water, so I SHOULD be there ??) and am really loving your web site. I use your DIY CC Chalk paint recipe all the time. Thanks for the great info you share. Regards, Sonja

  21. Hi Diane, You’re going to have to take off those doors hiding your laundry area! It is fabulous! You blew me away with the map wallpaper and now these beautifully painted cabinets and your shiny white appliances against the color of the maps…wow! Why hide it? Only you…Diane, could create a “magazine worthy” laundry area.
    Recently I read a magazine article singing the praises of Beyond Paint. I wish I could remember the publication, but my memory is shot on thast point. My interest was piqued when I read about it and even more so now since you have used it and I can see what it looks like.
    How would you rate this for use on kitchen cabinets? We have a studio apartment in the lower level of our house for guests and the kitchen cabinets there are begging for new paint. Just wanting your opinion, I know your advice would be the best.

    1. Hi Judy – We may end up taking the doors off, but are still not sure since we do use the top of the washer and dryer to place stuff on from time to time. It can get a little messy looking. :-)

      Beyond Paint would be a great choice for kitchen cabinets since it is super durable. When rolled on it does have a slightest texture, it is not entirely smooth. If you want shiny cabinets, then I would not use it since the sheen is very subtle. I did learn from the company after posting about it, that you can use a brush to paint it on, but you will see show brush strokes. If you want once and done, the paint would be a good choice.

  22. Thanks for testing the paint and sharing the close up so we could see the finish/texture. I so do not like the finish/texture and would only use the paint damaged walls.

  23. Diane,
    I love these products. I have painted two kitchens for clients, table and chair sets, vanities, you name it. The paint does hold up well. I would do a couple of coats on the darker colors. I painted a friend’s kitchen and her cabinets were dark and I painted them the creamy color and they are still holding up well after 3 years.

    1. Like your site very much. Love to paint. But, lent all my brushes to my older son & he can’t remember where they got to. Never loan out supplies again. Expensive mistake
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  24. Hey Diane…do you think this paint would work on metal garage doors? I bought some ASCP in a darker gray to use but, whoops, used it on cabinets in our house instead. I just don’t want to have to buy one kind of paint to do the plastic(? I think?) trim around the windows and another kind on the door panels themselves.

  25. I have never, ever seen a more beautiful laundry room!!! The map wall paper is cat’s meow! I would feel like a queen if I had half as gorgeous. I just wish mine had sheetrock and another light!

  26. I just adore your wallpapered laundry closet. I think you must stand there looking at the maps – doing laundry – folding clothes – while amusing yourself about “all the places you’ll go.”
    Love your blog!

  27. It looks fantastic!! I too would love to know if a little goes a long way given the price?? Also, did you paint the inside of the cabinets or the back side of the cabinet doors?

    1. Hi MK – Yes, a little does go a lona way. I used 1/2 a quart to paint the cabinets. If you use a darker color, you would probably need less. I did paint the back of the doors and thought I added that picture to the post. I will add it right now.

  28. I heard about Beyond Paint on the Thrift Diving website, and looking it up, I saw that it was also beyond expensive! But if it does well with no priming or sealing or sanding, it may just be worth it! Did your paint go a long way or did you need many bottles to cover the cabinets? Thank you!

    1. Hi Linda – It is expensive paint, but a little does go a long way and since you don’t need to buy any other products like a primer or sealer, you would be saving money not having to buy 3 products. I just went to see how much paint it took since another reader asked the same question. I used a little more than half of a quart to paint the four cabinets inside and out.

  29. ‘ Love the maps, and the paint is fine for a laundry room, but I’m not sure I’m crazy about the texture. However, I’m all for “easy” when it comes to doing cabinets. LOL Did you use a brush or a roller to do this job? Do you think it would make any difference in the texture between using a foam roller, brush, or fiber roller?

    I’m anxious to see a piece of furniture done with this paint. Where did you find it?

    Keep the ideas coming! I sure do love your work!

    1. Hi Tegmapat –

      I did try using a few different rollers, – foam, and cloth, but they all produce the same fine texture. It is the just how the paint is made. The paint is not made to be applied with a brush. If you do need to use a brush to go over a curved or carved area, you need to stipple/pounch the brush over those areas to cover. The paint is thicker than regular latex and totally different than the norm. You can buy the paint on Amazon, Home Depot and at the BeyondPaint.com website.

    1. Thanks Susie – It is really quite a different style of paint. It rolls on easily and dries fast too. I am eager to see how the black color will look on a piece of furniture. I will keep you posted on that.