Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 135
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LeeC Great product and results, but A LOT of work.
Great product. Took A LOT of work, but I saved thousands of dollars not paying to have my cabinets resurfaced or buying new. I bought two of these kits and did every cabinet in my house starting up in the bedrooms and finishing in the kitchen where the results would be seen the most. The kitchen took just under one kit (24 doors), and three full weekends starting on Friday afternoon. Anyone who has experience painting and using polyurethane can do this. I read a ton of reviews and compiled the tips I thought made the most sense and used them in my process and the results are awesome. While you may not need to do all of the steps I did to get good results, for me it worth the extra time to ensure professional looking cabinets. Here’s what I did:
1. Remove the cabinet doors and all hardware. I tried to do the first small cabinet in my bedroom while leaving the hardware on and it was not worth it and the results show it. Get some solo cups and draw a diagram of your cabinets numbering the doors and drawer faces. Number each cup and put all related hardware in each cup to make re-assembly a snap.
2. Wash all cabinets and base units with acetone. This stuff strips off any dirt or residue and even some of the old finish. I used the supplied green scrubbie pad to do this step. The acetone is not included but well worth the extra money.
3. I set up two sawhorses with 2 eight foot 2x2’s and decking screws to hold the doors in drying position during the painting and finishing stages. This was the best suggestion I found in the reviews and it worked great.
4. Sand the cabinets and base units lightly until there’s a dust coating on all areas. They advertise this kit as ‘no sanding needed’ but to strip the finish off with just the deglosser and a scrubbie pad would have taken forever as some of the other reviewers have stated. I found it much quicker to simply sand everything as my orbital sander with 100 grit pads made short work of the finish. Then I used a sanding block and loose sandpaper to get all of the nooks and crannies. This kitchen took about 15 hours of sanding in total. Then I blasted the cabinet doors with my air compressor to remove all sanding dust.
5. After sanding I gave it a quick scrub down with the supplied deglosser and green pad. Took about an hour to get the whole thing done. Just wanted to use it for good measure and in case some chemical in the deglosser helped prep the wood for the bond coat. Let dry overnight.
6. Quickly wipe all surfaces down with cheesecloth to remove all dust that may be left. Then I masked the base cabinets with 3M blue painters tape and applied two bond coats according to the direction on the can. Just like painting. I’d do the cabinet backs, then the base cabinets, and by then I’d be able to flip the cabinet doors over and do the faces. Used a lot of dry brushing after I’d complete a cabinet to make sure there were no drips or runs in the paint.
7. Now for the glaze. A lot of reviewers said they didn’t use it because it was subtle on the Espresso kit. I think this is a mistake. Even though it’s subtle, I really believe that it adds depth to the color and a professional finish that makes this project so worthwhile. Everyone I showed agreed. And it takes hardly any time at all compared to the whole project. I simply painted it on the faces and base units liberally, then I streaked it off using my fingertips through the supplied fabric, and then lightly wiped over that streaking once. It added a gray streaking that makes the wood look fantastic. While it’s a little hard to see in the photos, I added a pic of the face of a door where this process was done right next to a back that wasn’t. You can tell. Also, I uploaded a pic of the side of my base unit right by the window with daylight shining through so you can more easily see the streaking effect. I probably would not have done the streaking if I had done the light kit, but with it being subtle in the dark kit it really turned out nice.
8. I did two coats of the topcoat instead of the one it said was required because in my experience with polyurethane the more coats you apply the stronger the protective finish and I don’t want to be doing this again in 5 years. Also, the product they supply is not the best finish product and will dry too fast. So following another reviewer’s advice I transferred the whole can to a small bucket, added 2 tablespoons of tap water, and stirred very well before using it and it worked great. Gave me enough time to apply with care and get rid of any white bubbles before it set. Also, don’t use a paintbrush like they say. I bought a pack of 20 2” foam brushes for $6 and used two per coat and threw them away when I was done. I used one as the wet brush to apply the finish, then I used the second as the dry brush to go back over the nooks and other areas the finish coat was bubbly and white. I let each coat dry overnight before re-assembly.
9. Re-assemble according to diagram, putting on new hardware if you want to replace it.
Overall, this project was very time consuming, but well worth the money and effort for the results. Rustoleum makes good products and with a little tweaking to the instructions and stripping method it would be perfect.
April 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Florida So Easy . . . Great Results!!!!!
I purchased this product to change the look of my oak cabinets in my bathroom. I couldn't believe how easy the process was. I loved that I didn't have to san and prime the cabinets! My cabinets now are absolutely beautiful and I did them in a weekend. Highly recommend this product to anyone considering updating their cabinets. Only con is that they scratched easily - would recommend a couple of coats of the protectant to prevent this.
September 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gman Great transformation - recommended!
Look, it is quite some work: dismounting doors, taking off the sheen, painting with the base, adding the glaze then finishing. Yes you have to be careful and you might want to get practice first. A whole kitchen will take a good number of hours to complete.
BUT - IT'S WORTH IT!
The results are pretty awesome. I am impressed. The color is great. It works on non-wood surfaces too, like the vinil on the sides.
A contractor gave us an estimate for about $5,000 for our whole house. I did it with one box and a little bit from a second one. Pretty good value. Recommended if you have time, dedication, and basic painting skills.
October 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Handymam DIY for a low cost, new look!
As said by others, easy to use if you follow the directions! I did 2 bathroom, builder-grade oak cabinets and it barely made a dent in the supplies! The process was quick and easy, it was the wait time of drying that took the longest so from start to finish was 1 week. Easy enough to paint a coat before I'd go to work-just be sure to wrap up your brushes in between coats. The glaze coat really added that professional look. Definitely worth the time and love the inexpensive change-I've gotten so many compliments! Watch video, follow directions and use thin coats and you will be successful too!
October 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MoBetta74 Love the results!
This is a great product and just what I needed to update my kitchen. I wasn't looking to spend a fortune so this was perfect. Yes it is time consuming but it's easy and its worth it.
January 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kimbo I love this product
I looked into having this type of finish done professionally and was told $175.00. This product is multi-dimensional. I did 10 large cabinets, 2 drawers, a TV tray, bathroom cabinet, hamper door and medicine cabinet and still had only used one of the 2 cans. However, make nite I chose not to do the insides of the cabinets and drawers since I used special decorative interiors anyway. Lots left over for a special future project.
June 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by brian Great Product, modern look!
Easy step by step process. Comes with written and DVD instructions. Very nice that everything is low odor, and water soluble for easy cleanup. It will take some 'elbo grease' to degloss but that is better than sanding. You need to do two coats of the bond for full coverage. It is normal to see brush streaks in the first coat, they cover easy on the second coat. I used Espresso to cover my existing oak look. I did not use/need the glazing step. The protective final step coat starts drying quickly, so it is good to keep working and not to go back and brush over it again. If you do go back and brush over it, it will look like you did not put enough on when it dries. I received nothing but complements on the more modern turnout of my kitchen cabinets. It looks like I spent thousands. I liked the results so much that this is my second order where I am now in the process of doing my bathroom and laundry room cabinets.
December 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jackson30375 Great product that will save you thousands!
We were going to have Home Depot reface our cabinets but saw this product in the paint department and decided to give it a try. It saved us $13,000 and our kitchen has been transformed! We used Linen on the perimeter cabinets and Expresso on the island. I followed the instructions and took my time to do it right. The glaze on the lighter color was a bit tricky to get consistent. Some cabinets came out lighter than others, but overall it gives it a Tuscan feel. After reading the horror stories about the Top Coat in the kit, I decided to follow other's suggestions and buy Varathane Polyeurthane. I didn't end up with any streaking or white residue and it was super easy to apply. I would highly recommend this product but skip the Top Coat and buy Varathane if you are using the dark kit.
August 19, 2013