Here are the 3 highest quality latex paints for furniture, based on my research and experience:
1. Pittsburgh Paints – Manor Hall (interior or interior/exterior)
Pittsburgh Paints has been around for over 100 years. Their paint is very high quality and Manor Hall is one of their most top of the line paints. It’s designed for trim, doors and cabinetry. It’s designed to take abuse, cleaning, scrubbing, etc. The pearl sheen is my favorite and has a creamy look. The price is higher than cheap paints but not as high as other high quality latex paints.
2. Sherwin -Williams – Emerald
This is a new paint line from Sherwin-Williams. This is one of Sherwin-Williams highest quality paint, with a smooth finish, good coverage and durability. This paint is a little pricier than the Pittsburgh, but if you can’t find a Pittsburgh paint dealer near you, this is a good second choice.
3. Benjamin Moore – Advance
This paint is an alkyd water based paint, which basically means that it’s as close to oil based paint, or the look and durability of oil based paint as you can get, with latex. It has good adhering qualities and also is very durable. Be aware though, that this brand and line of paint is VERY expensive. Maybe start with a quart to test it out and see how you like it. Some people prefer this brand over every other type of paint.
***I have to add, that since I posted this article, I have received feedback that Farrow & Ball latex paint should also be added to the list. I haven’t personally tried it yet, but hope to soon. The colors look beautiful, but it is VERY expensive paint. It might be best to start with just a quart and try it out before buying a gallon. I look forward to trying it!
Note – I have no affiliation with the brands listed above. This is written based on my own experience and research.