Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 98
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Squibley Works wonders
It's a bit time consuming, but it's worth it! Such a dramatic change for a fraction of what you'd pay for new cabinets professionally installed. I'm definitely not a DIY-er with little to no handman experience, but even I could to this and make it look good. Some pointers I learned:
USE THE GLAZE. Some reviewers didn't glaze... but if you're not going to use the glaze, you may as well just buy a gallon of white paint and slap it on. The glaze makes it look high-end and is way, way, way easy. (This coming from someone who's never done this kind of thing before.) There are many techniques shown on the Rustoleum website to create many different looks with the glaze. We used the "Heavy Edges" technique.
USE FOAM BRUSH FOR THE GLAZE. So much easier to apply. With glaze, a little goes a long way. And the foam brush makes it easy to spread it thin. The glaze doesn't need to be thick to do its job.
APPLY GLAZE THINLY. I discovered it doesn't matter how thick or thin its applied; you get the same result after you wipe it off. So go easy on the glaze and use your leftovers to do the backs of the cupboards. Because it looks REALLY stupid to have glazed fronts and bright white backs.
DEFINTELY PROP UP the cupboards like the instructions suggest. We didn't, and had trouble with the doors sticking to the table and glaze leaking underneath.
(Note: In the pictures we also used Giani Counter Transformation--Sicilian Sand to complete our remodel.)
January 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mflower Amazing Results
This is the 4th time I have used this product to either refinish furniture or kitchen cabinets. Our most recent project was our kitchen oak cabinets. The instructions were extremely helpful and were very easy to follow. There also is a section in the instructions on most common questions which answered several I had. The de-greaser is easy to use and not very messy which is nice considering most products when stripping stain or sanding can leave you with a big mess. The paint supplied provides plenty and meets coverage stated. The glazing and topcoat can be tricky so I would suggest a little practice first in order to develop your technique. The transformation of my cabinets looks amazing. I recently visited Home Depot and toured their kitchen cabinet area. I compared some name brand cabinets to my newly refinished cabinets and could not tell a difference. Very nice.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DiDi Worth the effort!!
So much work but I love the results. Can't comment on durability since I just finished the project. However, I had enough product to put on several top coats so that should help. I have a small galley kitchen with 17 cabinet doors and 8 drawers. I refinished both sides of the doors but not the inside of the cabinets. I ordered two small kits. I have one full can of glaze left from the first kit and only used half of a can of bond coat from the second kit. Plenty of leftovers. I did have to purchase additional scrub pads. One comment...I would recommend lightly sanding the flat surfaces. That will save a lot of time and elbow grease with the deglosser. The light colored cabinets make the kitchen look so much larger. I am a 65-yr old gramma and completed the project by myself, a few hours a day for two weeks. Major transformation at a very low price.
March 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TOTJR1969 Outstanding!!!! Great for the Need
This was an outstanding investment!! Spent about $100 dollars in the product and suppliecs. The hard part was the duration. It took several weeks of time after work, before work, and the weekends. Mostly due to time and space constraints, but the end result was worth the time and effort. Probably saved $100s if not $1000s by being patient. Did add hardware ($100 more dollars).
This was part of a kitchen remodel where floors and countertops were also refinished.
September 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bethjax Awesome
I painted the cabinets pure white and the kitchen island expresso. I did use 4 coats of the white and just two coats of the expresso. I love the results.
October 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1924craftsman worked better than hoped!
I was conflicted about whether to paint my cabinets because they are a beautiful maple and were stained cherry. However the stain was too red for the granite. Knowing that white can be hard to clean also held me back. I have an island that is milk painted white with a type of glaze and with that as a sample of what I wanted, I took the plunge.
The products are easy to use, spread very well, clean up well. Suggest you buy a new brush to avoid any brush strokes. Also allow plenty of time: it can be done in a weekend but would be tiring. Also if you live in a humid place work in climate control; too high humidity would have made a mess of things.
For the white kit, advise wiping as much glaze off the first time and then adding more rather than having to remove after putting on too much.
Videos for how the product works are available at the Rustoleum website which will also help you know if you want to use it.
The Home Depot and Rustoleum website don't say, but according to the box, for the light and dark kits I believe you have to have the base coat tinted. Suggest you look at the box in the store to clarify that.
January 11, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by NewJerseyBeginner Holy Bubbles Batman!
Once we did the Rustoleum Countertop Transformations kit and loved the final results, we decided we HAD to do the cabinets as well. We chose Rustoleum again because we had such great results with the counters. This is an extremely time consuming endeavor. With 22 cabinet doors and 7 drawers, it took me about 1.5 weeks of diligent work to finish the cabinets. We only needed 2 coats of the basecoat (not 4 like some others), but we did have laminate cabinets, not hardwood so we didn't have to worry about the paint seeping in. The top coat was an absolute pain in the butt. You're better off using a non-yellowing polyurethane top coat as any small amount of collected top coat turns yellow on drying. Also I had serious issues with the top coat bubbling. I'm not sure if it was my brush, or just the top coat in general, but I would highly recommend using a regular non-yellowing Polyurethane for the top coat instead.
Even though this project took a while and most of my sanity, the cabinets turned out awesome. With some updated hardware the kitchen looks completely different. We skipped the glazing step, as we liked the look of the plain white cabinets.
For others I would recommend just sanding the cabinets, the Deglosser seemed a little stupid to me, you'd be fine just sanding them. Get a different top coat, a non-yellowing polyurethane would probably work wonders. If I could do it all over again I would change the top coat. The results with this were great, but the product itself isn't nearly as nice as the countertop transformation kit.
January 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CharlieVan Þ Outstanding product! Truly transforms without the look of a painted product.
The base coat goes on smoothly and covers great although for darker cabinets I would recommend the first coat to be Zinsser Bulls Eye primer, followed by two coats of the base. I know, a lot of painting but well worth it. The glaze is a bit of an artistic process particularly if you are leaving a heavy amount of glaze in the nooks and crannies. Overall an excellent kit!
January 13, 2014