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Kitchen Cabinet Paint Kit

A few weeks ago I posted my kitchen plans, paint the top cabinets white and the bottom cabinets gray.  I purchased two Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kits a few months ago and couldn’t wait to get started.  This is not my first rodeo with painting cabinets or wood for that matter.  You can read about how I painted our oak trim white and also our powder room vanity, both of which have held up really well. Before I started painting, I made sure I watched the DVD that came with the kit, removed all my cabinet doors, hardware and hinges, labeled all the doors and corresponding hardware in baggies, filled in the holes where my hardware was located and then sanded the filler down.   I washed and scrubbed my cabinets and frames with soap and water.  I then deglossed them vigorously, scrubbing until my hands ached and would lock up, making sure I did this step correctly as it is the most important step in the process so that your paint “bonds” to the wood.  I wiped them down with the lint free cloths I purchased just for this project.  I dried them and did everything exactly as it was laid out in the directions. Next was setting up a spot for the cabinet doors to rest on while they were being painted.  My husband made me stripes of plywood with screws in them to set the cabinets on, this was so helpful! I painted the first coat of bond paint on with my Purdy brush that I love and have used on my trim and doors with great results along with a foam roller for cabinets.  The first coat went on ok and I figured after another coat it would look better.  I rolled it on first but it was really bubbly looking so I went over it with my brush after rolling. The kit says you only need two coats of the bond coat but I wasn’t loving the look so I thought I’d do three.  While three was better it still wasn’t the look I was going for.  The paint looks streaky and not uniform.  After reading online a bit more, it seems that this happens with the lighter kits and that is why the glaze is recommended, to hide the inconsistency of the paint. It’s hard to see on the computer screen but I did have a friend come over today and she confirmed that the cabinets definitely are streaky looking and I’m not crazy.  Ok well she didn’t say I wasn’t crazy, just the cabinets are for sure streaky looking and need more paint. If the streaking wasn’t fun enough, I then discovered that the bond coat apparently hasn’t bonded properly as I could very easily peel off the paint from the cabinet. Now I”m not sure where to go with the cabinets from here.  Do I need to sand them all down and start over?  If I do I will definitely be following the Young House Love tutorial and using my beloved Benjamin Moore paint. Can I just paint over the bond coat with maybe my Ace Cabinet and Trim Paint?  This could work but now that the bond coat is peeling off I am worried I’ll just be putting a bandage over a really big gaping wound that will soon burst it’s infection all over in my kitchen. I’m going to wait a few days and see if the bond coat “cures” and if it doesn’t then I will be sanding them all down and starting over. After talking with a few people it seems that the darker kits work well and maybe it’s the lighter kits when you don’t use the glaze that are not working out so well.  Rustoleum did back their product and gave me a 100% refund on my purchase. I ended up sanding down the cabinets especially in areas where it was peeling, I went with my trusty Zinsser primer and then the Ace Cabinet, Trim & Door Paint.  They have held up well to four kids and two dogs, countless gatherings here and the daily wear and tear from being used.  You can see more of the kitchen with the chalkboard subway tile backsplash and my gray cabinets in this post, I’ve since updated my kitchen. You can read more on my updated kitchen, including all white cabinets and my sharpie marker herringbone backsplash. Have you used Cabinet Transformations?  Did you like it?  Have you painted your cabinets the old fashioned way?  I’m curious to hear about your experiences!
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Kitchen Cabinet Paint Kit

Rated 5 out of 5 by mrsdyi from few more tips I used the light kit tinted Linen but did not use the included light glaze but instead used the Java glaze that comes with the dark kit. The light kit glaze has an orangish hue that I did not like. I applied glaze all over then wiped with a damp rag to remove most except in grooves and corners then wiped with a dry rag until I got the antiquied look I wanted but with very little glaze left on flat surfaces. Just enough to give a sheer tint in those areas without leaving streaks. Then I went back with a fine brush in the grooves to add more glaze where needed and then feathered it in those areas to look natural. If you dont like the results, immediately wipe down with a wet rag before it dries and try again. After allowing glaze to dry for 24 hours, i went back with the side of a sponge brush and outlined the cabinet doors and drawers to really make them pop. On the island I used the dark kit tinted chocolate with the included glaze. You can buy quart cans of the Java glaze at HD also if you need more. I wound up needing two light kits and one dark kit for my project since I did 3 coats of bonding coat. Date published: 2017-02-14

Kitchen Cabinet Paint Kit

“I was off for the Thanksgiving holiday with no travel or cooking plans. So I thought I would repaint my kitchen cabinets. Cabinet transformations had me at “no sanding required”. I bought the kit and one kit did my entire kitchen (it’s not big). I took off all the cabinet doors and labeled the doors and the openings with numbers written on paint tape (as suggested). Then I set up an area in my garage with saw horses and to put the doors on. I was only able to do a few doors at a time so this was a slow process. Then I used the cleaning solution, primer coat, base coat, antiqued and finally the clear coat. While the doors dried I went inside and did the cabinet frames. So there wasn’t a lot of downtime.
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Kitchen Cabinet Paint Kit

We redid our kitchen cabinets with this Rustoleum kit they are talking about here, we purchased our kit from Home Depot. We followed the directions to a T. After about 6 months this paint chipped like crazy. We now have to re due them, I do not recommend this paint kit, it DOES easily chip.
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Kitchen Cabinet Paint Kit

My husband and I helped our son and his wife use the white Rustoleum kit on their cabinets. We painted the trim in the kitchen, they painted the doors in their basement. They gave their doors 3 coats in some places, when they put on the finishing coat it looked like they went to lightly on it. From what I have read, it too was not their fault. We had wondered if they had used a primer if that would have made a difference. We had to stay an extra day (not in our plans) to get the doors back on. Once they were all up and you stood back, they were OK looked better than before. They have had some chipping by the sink. Our son thinks it could be from their belt buckles. I am afraid when they add more lighting in their kitchen (which it needs 2 pendant lights over the counter), the doors are going to look more streaked from the finishing coat. I on the other hand am going to paint my cabinets this winter. I plan to buy a spay gun, fasten to hooks on the top of the doors and drawer fronts, run a wire through and hang the doors in my garage, and spray paint the back, sides, fronts, top and bottom all at the same time. when dry, you just go in and touch up where hook was. If you hang everyone up side down, you will never see it. I have heard several light coats is better than trying to brush it on. I will not use Rustoleum kit, thats for sure. I know what everyone means by the amount of work it takes to do all doors and the boxes and then not have it look nice, I can not imagine how I would feel. I will continue to look and do my research on the best paint for cabinets. (They show painting cabinets all the time on HG/TV./

Kitchen Cabinet Paint Kit

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