Monday, December 31, 2012

kitchen redo | rustoleum cabinet transformation




when we moved into our house a little over a year ago, i loved everything BUT the kitchen. i have no idea why someone would choose to make the cabinets so dark when the rest of the house has an enormous amount of white crown molding. my guess is that they must have had extra supplies and wanted to use them in the kitchen. when i first brought up to josh that i wanted to eventually paint the cabinets white, he wasn't sure about it. after about a year i finally convinced him it would look better, and better yet - i would do it all by myself! i wasn't sure how i was going to do it, especially if it meant sanding everything down (no thanks, i'll stick to the ugly brown cabinets), BUT one of my college friends Jess, told me about Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations (she is planning on doing it too)! I read reviews and looked and pictures and everyone seemed to really like the result. best part? no sanding! and the kit is only $80!  


IMPORTANT NOTE: all of the extra issues i had is probably all that could go wrong, so you might have no or less problems. also,  i did this all by myself while on my holiday break (while josh was working 10+ hour days) - some were able to get this project completed in a weekend versus it taking me 3.5 days

here are a few "before" pictures"



Part 1: Deglossing
so this part wasn't so bad, the kit comes with the "deglosser" and a couple of scrub pads. i had started this project at about 4pm on day 1 and i finished by about 8 or 9 that night. 
(btw: deglossing is in lieu of having to sand down your cabinents)

living with doors on the floor and a kitchen in chaos is NOT fun



Part 2: Bond Coats
so this wasn't so bad, until i realized i actually needed THREE coats of paint (the instructions claimed that you only need two, but i guess my cabinets were too dark to go so light). ALSO three coats meant that i would need to purchase ANOTHER kit. so now my $80 kit has quickly turned into a $160 project. in hindsight, if i would have known that was going to happen i would have done a primer to save money and frustration! all in all this took days 2 and 3.



step 3:  top coat 
so this part was probably the most frustrating. i was almost done with the project and from most of the reviews, it was supposed to be the easy part. ya. right. so, just in case, anything went wrong  (i had a gut feeling) i painted the backs of a couple of doors with the top coat. and THIS happened.


it started to turn parts of the cabinet doors orange/pink. lets just say i am very upset at this point. so i google the issue and apparently this and "bubbling" tend to happen with the top coat that comes in the kit. so the solution is to get minwax polycrylic (water-based) top coat protective finish



so add in about $30 (new paint brush and top coat) and now the $80 kit has turned into almost $200.
good news though is that it didn't cause the coloring anymore. but again, i believe if i would have done a primer i would not have had any issues. also, PLEASE make sure you let this dry for about 4-6 hours (can only says 2) you wouldn't want to mess anything up and so much hard work!


step 4: painting hardware
so technically this isn't part of the kit, but since i had to spend 2x what the kit cost, i could no longer go and buy new hinges (the old ones were a brownish gold and i wanted brushed nickel to match the knobs i already had). SO, like any DIY person - i decided to paint them! i looked up reviews online and went with
rustoleum satin nickel (not gonna like, was kinda mad to give rustoleum every more business). i think the paint was only about $7 - so not so bad versus spending about $125 on new hardware.



to clean the old hardware i sprayed them with some kitchen cleaner and scrubbed them with a toothbrush and then rinsed them off and let dry.


result: i wouldn't go as far to say that it looks like satin nickel, but for $7? i'll take it1



oh, and another tip, don't let one of your doors hide somewhere and only come to find it when you have put your kitchen back together.



final result!
 i was SO glad for this project to be over with. would i do it again? yes, but only if i would have done a primer first. and yes, i LOVE it!



before and after pic:

my favorite part (besides the new kitchen)?
my new owl cookie jar that i received as a christmas present from natalie! :)


summary:

pros:
no sanding
bond coat dries fast
bond coat applies easily
new kitchen for cheap!

cons:
needed three coats
top coat was not good, had to buy different brand
time (like i said enlist help!)

tip:
PRIMER, PRIMER, PRIMER!



13 comments:

  1. Great post, I've been looking for some inspiration for my own kitchen. Thanks for sharing.Thomas the Tank Engine Beds

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  3. Did they recommend this top coat? I am mid transformation and I am dreading the top coat. Not sure i want to even try it.

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  4. Hey there! No they didn't, but all of the reviews on Home Depot/Lowes/Amazon where people had had bad experiences with their top coat all used the Minwax brand. I've now used that kit three times and always use the Minwax and have never had a problem. I honestly wouldnt use their kit top coat because it if messes up its super hard to fix. Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy to help!

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  5. Thank you for the quick reply! I'm really thinking I will use minwax. Glad to see you have used it again!

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  6. The change of color lightened up the ambience in your kitchen. I like the woodsy color, but the shades were a little too dark. The new coat put the right harmony with the existing light wall paint and wooden floors. What color was it?

    Shawn Shelton @ Madison Custom Cabinets

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  7. Hi there, I just love your kitchen. Thanks for the transparency about the product. What color was it? You didn't apply glassy? Why not? Thanks��

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  8. Hi there, great kitchen! Which colour package did you use? Thanks!

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  9. How many coats of minwax did you apply? And did you lightly sand between each coat?

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  10. Thank you so much for posting this! I too am trying to turn my cabinets a bright white and have just spent three days cleaning, deglossing and painting. I wanted to make sure the "protective top coat" in the rustoleum kit wouldn't turn everything yellow over time (polyurethane). This is exactly the information I needed before ruining all my hard work! And I also needed three coats of base and two kits.

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  11. Thank you so much for posting this! I too am trying to turn my cabinets a bright white and have just spent three days cleaning, deglossing and painting. I wanted to make sure the "protective top coat" in the rustoleum kit wouldn't turn everything yellow over time (polyurethane). This is exactly the information I needed before ruining all my hard work! And I also needed three coats of base and two kits.

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