Kitchen Island Cabinet Transformation
I have been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets for over a year.
My kitchen is sooooooo stuck in the 90′s…..
We bought our house in 1990 – and redid the kitchen a couple of years later.
So we have had these cabinets for 17 years or so.
There has been one constant immovable object that has kept me from painting them.
Mr. Little Brown House..
What is it with men and their aversion to painting over wood??
I finally convinced him to let me try just the island, and we could see how it looked.
I knew I needed a process that I could do by myself, would look great, and be inexpensive.
I decided to try Rust-oleum’s Cabinet Transformation Kit.
This is not a sponsored post, by the way, they have no clue who I am.
We decided which finish we wanted from the ones pictured on the back of the
box, and had the store tint the base coat in the kit the correct color.
And thus began the week of chaos in my kitchen….
We started by removing all of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts on the cabinets.
Then I washed them all and the cabinet base with soap and water.
My husband kept asking me about the sanding process – I kept telling him there was none.
Instead of sanding, the kit includes a bottle of Deglosser and some scrub pads.
He said that was still sanding, they just used a different word..
This was the last step in the process that he helped me with….
I did the rest on my own.. when will I ever learn?
After letting them dry for a few hours, I got ready to apply the bond coat.
First I taped off and covered everything that I didn’t want coated.
The kit comes with a DVD which I actually watched, even though I hate following directions.
It was riveting….
But, I did everything they said. I figured this was a kind of costly thing to mess up..
I brushed the paint on with my Purdy brush, in exactly the way the DVD instructed.
It seemed very light to me, but I chose to trust them!
I let it dry for the length specified before I applied a second coat.
Then I let that dry before I began the glazing process.
This was the part that worried me the most. I did not like the way they looked without
it, and I began to second guess myself. Does that ever happen to you half way into a project?
I was sure I had wasted money and my husband was going to hate the way they looked…..
Then came the glaze.
My new motto in life is “Glaze makes everything better”.
I brushed the glaze on, again with my Purdy brush (love that thing!!)
then I wiped it off with the gauze that was included in the kit.
It took me awhile to determine how much of the glaze I wanted left on, I was really glad
I started out on the back of the cabinet door to get the process figured out.
The lower drawer front in this picture is glazed, the top one is not yet.
This needs to dry for 8 hours or over night.
Then comes to final and best step-
the shiny top coat!!
I decided that I wanted to add hardware to our cabinets – the original ones did not have any.
So I looked at a few examples of some on Pinterest (favorite place!!) and then
went to Lowes and purchased pulls for the drawers and handles for the doors.
I could go nuts in that aisle… love that stuff!
But – it really made the finished product so much better!!
Are you ready to see?
The thing that I think my husband likes the most about this treatment, is that it allows the
wood grain to show through. So he gets the wood look and I still get my white cabinets!
It’s a win win!!
I decided I wanted hooks on the end to have a spot for extra’s like towels and pots.
I really love the look.
I am also really happy with the oil rubbed bronze hardware too.
I was torn between that and brushed nickel.
You can really see the difference between the old cabinets and the refinished ones in this shot.
I will get the whole kitchen done, but it may take me some time.
But that’s ok – the kit was around $70 dollars, and I will probably need at least one more.
But that is a lot cheaper than new cabinets!
Of course, now I need new countertops… you understand right?
Rust-Oleum has a kit for that too – maybe I should introduce myself?
By the way, I will leave you with one last tip.
Just in case your husband didn’t get a chance to put the new hardware on your cabinets
because he went to spend the day plumbing a friends house, (Hi Debbie!).
And just in case you were absolutely dying to take pictures and get a post up..
well, then this tip may be a good one for you.
Blue painters tape will hold hardware on cabinets long enough to get a few shots..
if you have a desperate need too, anyway…