As I do with all major projects I began researching the best kitchen cabinet makeover ideas. I was lucky enough to stumble across this post over at Posy the Porcelain Pig. She mentioned Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations and from her before and after pictures I was convinced that this was the product for me!
I headed straight over to Rust-Oleum’s website and read every detail about their new Cabinet Transformation kit. Here’s what I found on their site:
“What exactly is Cabinet Transformations(TM)? Quite simply, it’s a do-it-yourself cabinet refinishing system that creates a premium finish at a fraction of the time and cost of cabinet replacement. Forget about messy demolition, over budget contractors and weeks of disarray in your home. Easily, you can transform your cabinets to match the kitchen or bath of your dreams.
There’s no stripping, no sanding and no priming. In fact, Cabinet Transformations(TM) is so easy, in just a few simple steps anyone can create the custom look of a new, factory-like finish on existing cabinets.” (http://cabinets.rustoleumtransformations.com)
No stripping, sanding or priming, I was sold!
From looking around their website I discovered that for only $149.00 ($79 for a smaller kitchen) I could paint my cabinets pretty much any color I wanted, but I had my heart set on white. Our cabinets are 45 years old, dark, and in serious need of an update so I thought that a bright white would be the best way to modernize them a little.
The date was set, my husband took two days off work, we had a babysitter, it was time to begin. Let me tell you that there was nothing “easy” about this project. From the moment we started I was already pep-talking myself telling myself that it would be worth it in the end. We spent 3 solid days prepping, painting, applying hardware and putting the kitchen back together. It was an incredibly long process but the transformation was worth it.
My review of the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit is mostly positive. I am extremely happy with the outcome and I feel that the paint is durable and will last for many years to come. Here’s a breakdown of the 3-step process according to Rust-Oleum’s directions:
Step 1: De-Gloss. Instead of having you strip and sand all of your cabinets (a horrible process from what I understand), Rust-Oleum’s kit includes a De-glosser that you simply scrub your cabinets down with. My husband did this process (while I was painting the interior of the cabinets) and he said that the de-glosser was similar to soapy water. Our cabinets had years of wax build-up on them so at the end of the de-glossing process I didn’t feel like they were stripped as much as they needed to be but I trusted that the manufacture knew best.
Step 2: Painting the “Bond Coat” (the “bond coat” is the color coat in the Rust-Oleum kit). The bond coat paint is a very thin paint but it is rich in color. We decided to paint 3 coats, even though it says you only need two, because I wanted our cabinets to be a rich, bright white. This meant a lot of painting and a lot of waiting for paint to dry, but again it was worth it in the end. I love the bond coat paint, because unlike normal paint it is really thin so even though we applied 3 layers the cabinets don’t feel thick and caked with paint like you would get with regular paint.
Step 3: Gloss. The last step is applying the gloss, or hard coat. The gloss dries really quickly so it is hard to correct mistakes but I love the way it looks when it has dried. We started out applying too much gloss (the amount we would use if we were painting) but it started bubbling so we quickly corrected our mistake and used less gloss and painted with a slower stroke, this seemed to be the key to getting a perfect gloss coat. “Less is more” as they say. After applying the gloss coat you have to wait 12 hours for it to completely cure, this was hard because by that point I was ready to put the kitchen back together!
After a long 3 days we were finally rewarded by getting to see our new kitchen put back together and we were thrilled with the results. Overall I would recommend the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit. There were a couple of things I was unsure of, like the de-glosser, and needing to apply 3 coats of bond coat instead of just 2, but I think the positives outweight the negatives. I love that for only $149 for a large kitchen/$79 for a small kitchen the kit includes everything you will need, it even comes with a DVD that shows you step-by-step directions. The directions are simple, the process is easy to understand and in the end our cabinets look great and seem incredibly durable. From what I have heard, even though this was a long and tedious process, our experience was much better than those that have refinished their cabinets the traditional way: stripping, sanding, priming and painting.
I’d love to hear your cabinet transformation stories!
NOTE: I was not hired by Rust-Oleum to review their product, I am simply doing this for you, the reader. When I take on a project I want to know everything I can about what my options are so that is why I wrote this review.