Kitchen Cabinet Transformation
We have made quite a bit of progress on our Kitchen cabinet transformation.
I decided to go ahead and show you what we have done now, before the entire thing
is finished. We are doing it in stages and to be honest I just can’t wait!
Some of you may remember my Kitchen Island post from last summer.
I wanted to make a change to my kitchen cabinets. What I really wanted to do was paint them white.
However, my husband didn’t like that idea. He likes a wood finish – and wants to
be able to see the wood grain. We compromised by using this Rust-OLeum cabinet kit on them.
We were both very happy with the results! And you can’t beat the price 😉
After completing the kitchen island cabinets, we put off finishing the rest
of the kitchen cabinets for about 6 months..
Not our longest time to put off a home project, believe me!
Then last week, fortunately (?) my husband was laid off from his job.
I had a light bulb moment – Kitchen cabinet project!!!
My husband hates those light bulbs.. detests them, actually.
But he suffered through, and I even took a day off to join him in getting
the project done. I will say even with the kit it is more than just a weekend project.
Depending, of course, on the amount of cabinets you have.
We decided to tackle the project in stages. We started with the upper cabinets and the
cabinets surrounding the wall oven. The kit comes with both an instruction
booklet and a video tutorial. I found both to be very helpful.
One of the things I like the best about this kit is that you don’t need to do any sanding!
You start by taking off all of the cabinet doors and deglazing them front and
back, along with the cabinet base front. The de-glazer comes with the kit, as do
gloves and a scrubber. After washing and deglazing you begin to put on the base coat.
It looks just like paint, but is a little bit thicker. You want to put it on in a thin coat, so that the grain of
the wood shows through. Each coat needs to dry for 2 hours, and you need 2 coats on each side of the
doors and on the cabinet base. This is one of the time consuming parts!
After each piece has two coats on each side and is completely dry, you begin the staining.
This was the part that my husband insisted I do all by myself.
It takes awhile to figure out how much stain to put on and wipe off
to get the look you are going for. I ended up with a very light stain look –
I wanted a whitewashed cabinet finish like this picture.
(Actually – I wouldn’t mind having this whole kitchen!)
I started on the back of a cabinet door, to make sure I could get the color right.
I did two cabinet doors front and back and then stood them up on the
counter and stepped back to see what I thought. I decided they were too dark,
so my sweet husband repainted them so I could re-stain. I loved having that
option!! After that, I figured out how to get the look I wanted by doing a really light
application of stain with a paint brush, then immediately wiping it off with the included cheesecloth.
It is hard to see, but the left side has the stain on, the right is just base coat.
You can see how light I went with it.
After you do the staining front and back on the doors and on the cabinet base,
you are ready to do the finish coat! This is the protective clear top coat that protects
the surface of the wood and makes it easier to clean.
This coat really makes it all come together! It made the cabinets look professional and like
we had bought them with that finish. I am so over the top happy with the results!
Here is a shot of the cabinet finish before:
The cabinets practically disappear into the floor.
And here is an after shot –
One of the nice things about this whitewashed finish is that it has
brightened up the kitchen, which always had a tendency to look somewhat dark.
Here is a shot of the wall oven section. The lower cabinet doors are now
off because my husband is laid off again this week.
So when he is not out job hunting he is working on this project.
We choose hardware that has a bronze finish. And once again I love the look!
I especially love these drawer pulls.
Here are a couple of shots that include the island –
they are a little bright because of the sun shining in.
Here is a shot that shows how well it looks even on the cabinet end panel.
The wood grain really shows through.
Hopefully my husband will be able to be back at work soon. In the meantime though,
I am thrilled we had the extra time to get this done.
Do you ever feel like the home repairs and/or updates will never end?
I am pretty sure my husband does!
To see an update on my kitchen come and check out my new Faux Granite Countertops!