As I mentioned I am updating my kitchen on a budget. I started with the hideous manufactured brown cabinets. I really wanted to go with a white and country look. You can see my inspirations on Pinterest and here.
Since I did not know anything about painting cabinets I decided to use a cabinet kit. I used Rust Oleum Cabinet Transformations Cabinet Coating Kit
I used the small kit in Quilter’s White. The Small kit was perfect for my kitchen. It covers 100 sq. ft. and the large kit covers 200 sq. ft. Both kits are available in dark or light tint bases. Kit contains: Instructional pamphlet, DVD, deglosser, 1 gallon bond coat, decorative glaze (optional), protective top coat, decorative glazing cloths, scrub pads, and stir sticks.
It was expensive to me but I since this was a big project and I did not know what I was doing I went with a kit. I now know that if you know your products you can get all that you need and save money by buying the products separately.
So now for the work! I started by taking all the cabinets off. One thing that helped me was to put all the hardware in separate ziploc baggies and label them. This made it much easier to put them back up. I used my dining room as my work space. Be sure to tarp/ cover well and have board or another way to lean your cabinets for painting the back sides.
Next was the deglossing. I used the deglosser and scrubbing pads that were included to prep the cabinets.I had to put alot of power into the scrubbing to get the shine out of my cabinets.I did the doors on the floor then went back and did the stationary cabinet parts.
Next it was time for the bond coat. I forgot to mention that Home Depot tinted this bond coat for me. You can choose your color and let them know at the store that you purchase it at. I had to do several coats on my cabinets. I ended up liking the look after 3 coats. You must allow time for each coat to dry completely before proceeding. This part took many hours.
Since I was happy with the white look I was ready to move on. At this point you can add the glaze. That is what I was planning to do. I thought it would give it a lovely high end look. But again, I really liked the look of the white. So I did the glaze on one door just to see. It looked very nice but I realized that was not the look I was going for. Looking at it in the kitchen I decided to go with the non glazed look. So I skipped that step.
Lastly I covered all the cabinet doors and stationary with the top coat. I let this dry for about a day before I touched and started moving things around,
The next day I starting putting my kitchen back together. This was exciting since the kitchen had been a mess since this started.Everything came together very nice! I also added some hardware from IKEA.
I LOVE IT! I have had them up for about 2 months now. They have held up beautifully! They have not turned yellowish like I was worried about. the top coat also was impressive. Spills have cleaned off with ease. I have used regular cleaners on them and they have done great! Do scratches or peeling. No complaints at all!
It is so exciting to see a whole new look in our kitchen and I spent less than $80! Compared to the over $600 new cabinets we were wanting that is amazing!
Bottom line: Don’t be scared! You CAN paint your cabinets and they CAN look great!