So as I might have hinted with some of you, Tommy and I were working on a little project while I was on Spring Break.   We started what we thought would be a weekend project.  Actually, we started by going to Lowe’s Home Improvement and picking up some things to paint our kitchen with the paint we had picked out last year.  Paint brushes turned into painter’s tape turned into “Oh, Look, we can paint our cabinets!”

So we picked up the small $79.95 box of Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations which covers 100 square feet.  (You can also pick up the large 200 sq feet set at $149.00)  We never actually measured our kitchen, but the small box covered our cabinets with no problem. We actually have some left over bond coat, lots of glaze, and some top coat.

The box comes complete with everything you need minus the paint brushes and drop cloths, but we already had those on hand.

Here’s our Before and After shots:

I think it makes it look so much brighter and more updated!

Ever since we moved into our home, I hated the dark cabinets… as you can see, we only have the one little window, so the kitchen always seemed dark.  I wanted to paint them white when we moved in, but was so discouraged when I was told from several people that just painting the cabinets wouldn’t work, and that the paint would eventually come off. In order to redo the cabinets, I’d have to sand them down first and refinish them. I wasn’t ready to dedicate that much elbow grease and saw dust filling my kitchen.  So when the box said “No stripping, no sanding, no priming”, I was sold!

So we began….

Took everything off the counters and onto our kitchen table…

Took off the cabinet doors…

Removed the ugly panel over the sink… (sigh of relief!)

Cleaned the cabinets with soap and water. The kit says to clean areas that were extra dirty/greasy. We just took precaution and cleaned all over. We wanted to make sure the deglosser worked! 🙂  You have to be sure you are thorough in your deglossing- this makes sure the bond coat sticks. (This applies even if for cabinetry was previously painted)

After the Deglosser was put on and wiped off with a damp rag, you had to let it dry for 1 hour before going on to the next step.

Next step was to paint on the bond coat.

We put on 2 coats of bond coat on the cabinets. We went with pure white. NOTE: you have to have the bond coat tinted at the store’s paint department before you bring it home!!!!

Everything is water based by the way, so cleaning up of drips or spills is really easy- wipe with damp rag. Let each coat dry 2-3 hours when dry to touch.  You have to be sure it’s dry before putting on another coat, or else it will cause streaks.

Then we created a staging/work area in our garage for the cabinet doors and drawers.  We used some old lumber and drilled screws in the lumber so that the screws stick out.

This is what held the cabinet doors up so they they could dry.

We then went through the same process on the cabinet doors…

Cleaning and Deglossing…

Bond Coats…
And then we started on the decorative glazing (This part is optional)…

We did the dry brush technique, to give it a wood grain look, but there are a bunch of other techniques you can use.  You just have to visit the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Glazing techniques site here.

But I didn’t like it… it looked fake and dirty to me.  The bond coat was white, and the glaze was a dark brown… it contrasted too much for me.  Here is a close up:

Once you put the glaze on, you have to let that dry for a minimum 8 hours… But since I didn’t’ like it, we went ahead and water downed some of the bond coat we had left over and did a white wash over the cabinets.  Ahhhhh, MUCH BETTER! 🙂

3 hours after that dried, we then put on the top coat.  The directions for the top coat was very specific- DO NOT RE BRUSH the areas that have already started to dry, because it dries very quickly.  I assume this is so that you don’t have brush marks.  And what a shame that would be, after all that work you’ve just invested. Anyways, after the protective top coat is on, you have to let that dry for at least 12 hours before putting on the hardware (Hinges, pulls, handles). We purchased all new hinges. I had replaced the handles as soon as we moved in, in hopes that it would change the look enough for me to live with that kitchen. 🙂 Make sure you leave the doors ajar and the drawers open. Allow 24 hours before full use.

ALSO A GOOD NOTE: KEEP PETS and KIDS AWAY FROM THE CABINETS UNTIL THEY ARE DRY, SO YOU AVOID FINGERPRINTS, PET HAIR BEING EMBEDDED IN THE PAINT/GLAZE/OR TOP COAT. Keep your windows closed and fans off during the drying top coat time, so nothing gets blown into the drying topcoat like dust or any other particles.

And here is our almost finished product! I say almost, because eventually, we’ll add a tiled backsplash and change out that light over the sink. 🙂

As you can see, we painted our walls a green color… we call it dune grass green. (We have a beachy/coastal theme going in our home). We also finished painting all the trim and moldings white, including the window.Lessons Learned:

  • It’s not just a weekend project because of the drying times, it will take you a couple days.
  • It is easier to do this with 2 people… like when my husband was deglossing, I was going behind him with the wet rags wiping off the deglosser and making sure to remove any residue.

Hope you enjoy our little DIY kitchen makeover. We sure do! I love our new kitchen, and am impressed at the way they turned out.  BTW, I have not been compensated for this post/review, we purchased this on our own.   Sorry it was a rather long post, but I wanted to make sure I covered our experiences in case someone wanted to tackle this.