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Rust-Oleum Transformations

Model 263231

Internet #203921566

1 qt. Espresso Small Cabinet Kit

$59.00 /each
  • No stripping, sanding or priming required
  • Easy to use
  • Other available colors: pure white and cabernet

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Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations is a revolutionary do-it-yourself coating system that completely changes the look of dated or worn cabinets for a fraction of the cost of purchasing new ones. Create the look of hand-crafted cabinetry in your kitchen or bathroom without the downtime or mess associated with cabinet replacement. With Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations, the process is easy-there's no stripping, no sanding and no priming required.

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  • Easy 3-step coating system without stripping, sanding or priming
  • Water based, low odor, and easy soap-and-water clean-up
  • Rich, satin sheen
  • Covers up to 100 sq. ft.
  • Final finish is crystal clear and non-yellowing
  • Durable, protective top coat is formulated to resist scuffing, cracking, chipping and peeling
  • Safe to clean with traditional household cleaners
  • Provides superior stain and scratch resistance
  • Bond coat is engineered to provide ultimate adhesion for wood, laminate and melamine surfaces
  • Packaging for on-line order shipments may vary from what is shown on-screen
  • Optional decorative glaze (included in kit) lets you create your custom look

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Can you put it on raw wood?

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We are buying unfinished cabinets and want to use these kits and we are wondering how it works and how to get the glazed look?
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Indianapolis, IN
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Yes, you may apply the transformation kit to raw wood, or unfinished cabinets. If painting over raw wood, it is recommended to use a primer such as Zinsser® Bulls Eye® 1-2-3 Primer to properly seal the surface. You may need to lightly sand away any raised wood grain.
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Yes, and it would take 1/2 of the time as the first few painstaking steps are just to strip down to close to raw wood. You'd get the best possible results with raw wood.
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yes, but for raw wood they suggest you prime it first.
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It works well on raw wood. I used this directly on bare wood when I trimmed out the kitchen window after I finished the cabinets. You don't need to use the deglosser on the raw wood either. There is a DVD that comes with the kit that will show you how to get the "glazed" look,.
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Richmond, KY
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January 20, 2015
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Yes, but I recommend you sand and use the deglosser to clean the wood prior to painting. Hope this helps.
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Sanford, Florida
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January 20, 2015
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Yes you can, go to the Rustoleum web site and watch the videos on 'how to'! The glaze is simply put on with a brush and gently wiped back with the lint free cloths provided. It gives the finish a more authentic 3D look as it were! Good luck!
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January 14, 2015
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When applying the Cabinet Transformations to a bare wood surface, you will need to prime the wood first. Our Zinsser 1-2-3 or CoverStain primers would be great choices for this, however the CoverStain primer would be suggested if you are using the Light kit tinted to either Pure White or Linen.
Here are the modle numbers for the primers mentioned above.
Model # 2001
Model # 3551
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Mesa, Az
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January 13, 2015
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Its more for a finished wood to cover up and make it look new. But I would say that it would work fine just as long as the wood is smooth. The glaze effect is from a cloth you run over the base and it gives it a wood grain look.
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The bond coat in this kit is your color coat. It is latex based and will adhere to raw wood, however, I would strongly advise that you prime your cabinets first with a good mildew resistant primer. Just like any paint, this bond coat will absorb into raw wood and require several coats to get a good even finish, whereas if you apply a good coat of primer first, you can then get away with the recommended Read More
The bond coat in this kit is your color coat. It is latex based and will adhere to raw wood, however, I would strongly advise that you prime your cabinets first with a good mildew resistant primer. Just like any paint, this bond coat will absorb into raw wood and require several coats to get a good even finish, whereas if you apply a good coat of primer first, you can then get away with the recommended two coats of bonding paint. Make sure to put at least 2 good coats of sealer on top of your finished cabinets to achieve that professional scratch resistant coat.
To achieve a good glaze coat, you need to make sure that you first have an even, smooth bond coat. The more texture (ie, a slated door panel versus a flat pane), will give you more grooves for the glaze to settle in and give you the desired effect. If you want a more rustic look take a sander and lightly go over edges and grooves, this will create a distressed look for glaze to adhere to. It is important to note that light colors work better with glazes than darker colors. Glazes will also greatly darken your bond coat. For example, if you choose white you will end up with cream cabinets and a honey glaze.
I have used this product on raw wood (a bookcase). It worked great! I also used it on cabinetry that needed to be deglossed first, that worked great as well. I think you will be very happy with your finished result, just take your time and make sure each step is smooth and clean and you will have a professional looking result. Read Less
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Is there a Large Kit or are you just supposed to buy two?

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I'm having a hard time figuring out just how much 100 square feet of coverage is and would the "small kit" be enough to do all my cupboards in the kitchen?
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I had the same issue when calculating the square footage of the cabinets in our kitchen. Fortunately, the decision was made easy for us, as there was a good sale on the Espresso Small Cabinet Kit.
However, there are additional options if desired:
100 sq Feet of Coverage - Cabinet Transformations® Dark Kit (258240), Light Kit (258109), Cabernet (263233), Espresso (263231)
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I had the same issue when calculating the square footage of the cabinets in our kitchen. Fortunately, the decision was made easy for us, as there was a good sale on the Espresso Small Cabinet Kit.
However, there are additional options if desired:
100 sq Feet of Coverage - Cabinet Transformations® Dark Kit (258240), Light Kit (258109), Cabernet (263233), Espresso (263231)
200 sq Feet of Coverage - Cabinet Transformations® Dark Kit (258242). Read Less
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There are large kits on the Rustoleum website, but it doesn't appear Home depot sells them. I bought two and did my entire house. One kit was plenty for my kitchen with 23 doors and drawer faces.
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Ashburn, VA
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the kits come in two options: 100 or 200 sq ft coverage
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Check out rustoleum's website for the cabinet kit. I found it on a google search. it has a handy calculator where you measure your cabinet and plug in the dimensions. I did a 10x10 kitchen with approximately 30 linear feet of cabinets with one kit.
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January 23, 2015
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I don't know how big your kitchen is but 1 was plenty. We had bought two but didn't open the 2nd one. We have 16 cabinets and 8 drawers. We didn't use it all. I'll attach a picture of our kitchen to give you an idea.
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Sanford, Florida
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January 20, 2015
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Yes you can buy a larger kit which has 2 tins of paint in it. I just did my kitchen with the 'small kit' and I had 6 base cabinet doors and drawers and 3 x 30" upper cabinet doors plus the two small ones over the microwave. Hope that helps!
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I would buy two. There is always a deal gong on for this kit wait till it comes up cost just under fifty dollard. That way you know you have enough to do the interior.
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There is a large kit, but not all stores carry it. The large kit is exactly double the size of the small kit and from my research; costs exactly double, so you do not gain any value by buying a large kit versus 2 small kits. To figure the square feet multiply the front facing cabinetry by width versus height (i.e. a 14' ft wall of cabinets versus 36" inches high would be 14' x 3' = 42 square feet. Do the Read More
There is a large kit, but not all stores carry it. The large kit is exactly double the size of the small kit and from my research; costs exactly double, so you do not gain any value by buying a large kit versus 2 small kits. To figure the square feet multiply the front facing cabinetry by width versus height (i.e. a 14' ft wall of cabinets versus 36" inches high would be 14' x 3' = 42 square feet. Do the same calculation to figure the top cabinetry and don't forget to add in any exposed sides. My kitchen is 14' x 16' with two tall cabinets and an island, it took two kits to complete this project. Keep in mind that if you are going from very light to very dark it may take 3 coats instead of 2 and the same if you are going from very dark to very light. The kit is designed to use 2 coats so if you are going to need to do additional coats you will need an extra kit. Read Less
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I have painted the kitchen cabinets. Would I have to remove the paint before using this kit?

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Indianapolis, IN
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You should be able to follow the steps accordingly and have no problems. Depending on the number of coats of paint, you may have to spend more time deglossing, but you should be able to complete the transformation according to the instructions without any issues.
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No need to remove paint, just use the de glosser cleaner and your good to go.
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i would just do some light sanding and clean and degloss as usual.
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As long as the paint is sticking well right now you should not have to remove the paint. Use the deglosser or give a light sanding to the surfaces before you apply the new stuff and it should be fine. You will get a better finish in my opinion if you remove the paint or at least sand it smooth first. I have used this stuff to make my kitchen match as I add in new cabinets and accessories and I have Read More
As long as the paint is sticking well right now you should not have to remove the paint. Use the deglosser or give a light sanding to the surfaces before you apply the new stuff and it should be fine. You will get a better finish in my opinion if you remove the paint or at least sand it smooth first. I have used this stuff to make my kitchen match as I add in new cabinets and accessories and I have applied it over everything from bare wood to previously painted and stained surfaces and it works well. I have found that the amount of time I put into prep work has a direct correlation to the quality of the end result. My best results come from sanding first then spraying the finish on but I can come very close just doing a light scuff and applying several thin coats with a brush. Read Less
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No, the kit comes with a deglosser that will remove the sheen from the finish you currently have on the cabinets so that the bond coat will adhere. The deglosser eliminates the need for sanding. Be sure to scrub firmly with the abrasive pad to remove all sheen or your new paint (bond coat) will peel off. I have used this product on painted surfaces, laminate surfaces, and stained surfaces. The deglosser Read More
No, the kit comes with a deglosser that will remove the sheen from the finish you currently have on the cabinets so that the bond coat will adhere. The deglosser eliminates the need for sanding. Be sure to scrub firmly with the abrasive pad to remove all sheen or your new paint (bond coat) will peel off. I have used this product on painted surfaces, laminate surfaces, and stained surfaces. The deglosser was a great time saver over sanding down each surface and the finished product looks great. Read Less
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I see people talking about a deglosser What is that all about My older cupboards have a varathane finish would Ineed to degloss?

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I am trying to become knowledgeable before beginning this project
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Stripping, sanding, or priming are not necessary with Cabinet Transformations™. Simply use the Deglosser and scrub pads provided to prepare your cabinets prior to applying the Bond Coat. The deglosser removes the smooth and gleaned surface in order to provide a proper surface for the Bond coat to adhere to. Yes, deglossing would be necessary for your cupcoards.
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yes, the deglosser allows the paint to stick to your cabinets. but it is not that difficult, you just need some elbow grease.
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Yes. Varathane leaves a gloss or sheen on the cabinets, this sheen is what prevents the bond coat from adhering. You need to scrub your cabinets with a deglosser and firm scratchy sponge or rag until the gloss or sheen is removed. Once you have done this, your bond coat will adhere without risk of peeling off.
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The deglosser is "step 1" in the kit. It softens or deglosses the finish so the bond coat (step 2) has something to stick too. Without the deglosser you would risk the bond coat flaking off later on down the line.
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January 26, 2015
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Hello Jannis!
Thank you for your question!
A deglosser is required before applying the color to your cabinets. This deglosser is included in the kit. The deglosser prepares the cabinets so the bond coat will stick to your cabinets.
Here is a link to step by step instructions explaining how to use this kit: http://cabinets.rustoleumtransformations.ca/how-to-guide.php
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Hello Jannis!
Thank you for your question!
A deglosser is required before applying the color to your cabinets. This deglosser is included in the kit. The deglosser prepares the cabinets so the bond coat will stick to your cabinets.
Here is a link to step by step instructions explaining how to use this kit: http://cabinets.rustoleumtransformations.ca/how-to-guide.php
At the bottom of this page there is a link to a how-to video as well.
Have a great day!
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 150 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Time consuming but looks good I am pleased with the color of this kit! However, attention to detail will go a LONG way. Be aware each coat has to dry about 2 hours and you have 6 coats per side plus the de-glossing/cleaning step. Be really careful not to let drips happen on the edges of your door fronts or you'll be sanding and starting your multiple hour waiting period over. I made a habit to put one coat on and 20 minutes later go back and check for drips in the corners/over the edges and it saved me multiple times. I only used about half this kit to do a large 80" vanity and I used the optional glazing step. I read enough reviews online that steered me clear of the top coat included in the kit and instead purchased Minwax Ployacrylic and am pleased with how that turned out so I would recommend skipping the topcoat in this kit even though I did not try it, I trust everyone else :-) Pleased with the outcome though!! May 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by So Easy! Wonderful Product!!! I first went and bought just a regular can of stain and was planning on sanding the cabinets and staining them that way. That lasted for about an hour before I went back and got this kit! It was so easy to do and looked absolutely amazing!!! I am not a do it yourself home owner kind of girl, but I did this!! I will be buying again for any other cabinet project!!! May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Saved me thousands, kitchen looks new and completely different! Easy to use, even for a first timer. Beautiful and sturdy color. Kitchen looks new and I ended up spending money on granite counter tops and back-splash tiles instead of cabinets, mine will last for decades as will this finish. Thanks Rustoleum! August 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great to remodel a kitchen at 1% of the cost of redoing one. Great products - I have remodeled two kitchens with it and with a couple of hundred Dollars, I made them looks stunning. New hardware were also needed. This product is a bit tricky to apply so make sure to watch the installation video DVD included to avoid any issues. I did not use the Glaze finish. Thx! August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The Best If you want a new look for your kitchen for less the cabinet kit is the best hands down. June 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Time consuming but a great value! Let me start by saying I was worried that any product I used that didn't require sanding would end up looking just like painted cabinets. While this is true, I am very pleased with the outcome and the "bang for my buck". Below are some tips I learned in the process. 1. The suggested drying time of several hours depending on which step you're on was not absolutely necessary for me, but this may be due to different room temperatures/humidity level. I simply waited until it was dry to the touch which was about 10 min. If I had followed the instructions it would have taken me weeks to complete. 2. Supplies: It will definitely make your life easier to create a stand for your doors to set on so you can paint one side while the other is drying. I simply screwed some nails into some 2x4s like the tutorial shows (definitely watch the tutorial whether on YouTube or on the disk in the kit. It recommends buying three brushes. I ended up buying about six of those thirty cent 2 inch foam brushes. TheY are great for getting in the nooks and crannies. I'd gather plenty of paper towels or shop rags. The ones it comes with are not nearly enough. 3. DO NOT BOTHER USING THE DECORATIVE GLAZE. IT IS A WASTE OF TIME AND IS HONESTLY AN OUTDATED LOOK. 4. The final protective coat can be tricky. Make sure none of it drops down the side of the cabinet because it does NOT dry clear and will peel off the color if you try toremove it. Good luck! July 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by very good product Its a little time consuming but i think its worth it. wasn't sure about the Glaze so i tried it on the inside of one of the doors and it just wasn't for me so i didn't bother with it. overall to me it turned out great and not to mention the amount of money it would have cost if i had it done professionally so i definitely recommend trying it out. November 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love my cabinets My husband and I just didn't have the money to give our kitchen all new cabinets like we wanted to so we decided to try Rust-Oleum Transformations 1 qt. Espresso Small Cabinet Kit and let me tell you it was the best $90 I have ever spent!!! Our cabinets look absolutely beautiful and you would never know they were originally old Oak cabinets. I want to do my bathroom cabinets as well with the leftover paint we had from this kit! Thank you Rust-Oleum for making our kitchen look like new!! May 3, 2016
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