Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 14
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Linda5186 First time, female, fifty and FANTASTIC! Don't Hesitate.
I bought my condo in Florida with the old original oak kitchen in good shape the look was dated. Transformations was the answer. Our maintenance man could not believe the end result and now tells everyone about it.
It is not what I would call a weekend project unless you have a very small kitchen. Prepartion is the key to a great result, follow the directions exactly (you will get what you put into it) be ready to show off your new cabinets in no time. I even did my batroom vanities again with excellent results.
Don't hesitate start your project today you will love the new kitchen when complete.
March 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Aus10 Great Project and saved me tons!
I got this product shortly before my child was born trying to finish up my kitchen before he arrived. We only used one kit and it only took one weekend, and a half day on monday. The time was mostly waiting for the paint to dry as it was a little humid when I did it. My cabinets were in great shape but they just looked out dated, we put this on and now we have a much better looking kitchen. Only down side would be, I would like the ability to buy a little more of each of the steps. I would have liked to put another coat of the 3rd step on but I did not have anymore left and didn't want to buy a whole other kit for just a little extra.
Also make sure that you keep your door flat while drying as mine got just a little warped, but have since straightened out but I was a little concerned.
October 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Shauna EXTREMELY EASY AND DURABLE!!!!
It was super easy and the best part is how durable it is, especially having 3 young children. Its been 3 years since I did mine and they still look brand new!!! It only cost me $150 (including wall paint) to "remodel" my kitchen!
August 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Hollie Excellent solution to buying new cabinets
I just used cabinet transformation to transform my cabinets. I attempted to re-do my cabinets a couple of years ago and did a horrible job. Rust-Oleum must have had me in mind when they decided to put this kit together. They provide a DVD and step-by-step instructions to transforming your cabinets. Keep in mind this project will take at least 48 to 72 hours and you will need space for your cabinet doors to dry. There were a lot of colors to choose from. This was a great idea and I'm glad I bumped into the kit at Home Depot.
February 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by AliG Revived my dated cabinets
Step 1. Followed degloss instructions and seemed to work well. However, strictly out of habit and paranoia, I did lightly scuff afterwards with 180 grit sandpaper to achieve a rough dull surface.
Step 2. Color was tinted to Linen White and painted via 2 inch purdy synthetic brush. The paint in this kit is impressive. Wall paints go on way too thick and if you thin it, just doesnât yield the result you want. Yes, prior to this kit, I experimented with a Behr product which stated itâs meant for cabinets too. However, I realized that the paint in the Rustoleum kit is obviously formulated for cabinets vs. others which are more designed for walls. Cabinet doors were 3 light coats and Cabinet frames were 4 light coats. A QUICK TRICK. If youâre going to do a few coats in a given day, put the brush in Ziploc bag and seal without air. This way you only have to wash it once at the end of the day. And you want to do light coats for better short term drying and long term curing. Resist the temptation to put on thick coats just to get the project over with.
Step 3. Skipped glaze.
Step 4. Protective coat via General Finishes Polyacrylic and Preval sprayer. I didnât use the polyacrylic from kit due to bad reviews and complaints of yellow splotches when drying. I tried Minwax Polyacrylic clear satin, not the best result. Even with very quick light brush strokes, the end result ruined the look of my base coat. I also noticed the satin gave my cabinet doors a very cheap 80's plastic look because the Rustoleum paint is satin too. Then I perused for a flat polyacrylic as thatâs the result I desired. I saw great reviews for this product via a handful of DIYâers and woodworking professionals (this review wonât let me post the link, please google). I would assume the lack of reviews due to cost but hands down, itâs fantastic. Ample dry time so you donât have to work in a dizzy flurry to finish and itâs very, very forgiving with brush marks. Cabinet frames, 2 light coats applied with 2 inch foam brush and Cabinet doors, 3 thinned coats applied with Preval sprayers (this review wonât let me post the link, please google). You can buy just the sprayer refills for less than $5 each. Bottle has marks on side. A great thing as youâll need to thin the GP polyacrylic with water to achieve a fine mist. NOTE, if sprayer sputters or spray is inconsistent initially; add a few drops of water till you achieve a super fine constant mist. The following ratio of 4 to 5 GF polyacrylic and 1.5 water gave me the fine mist I desired. Practice, practice, practice. Find some cardboard or scrap wood and get comfortable with blending ratios and spraying technique. Even if you go thru an entire sprayer to get comfy, itâs $5 well spent. OK, HERE WE GO. I placed 4 lamps (without lampshades) around the work area and laid doors flat 1 at a time with nothing near it within a 3 foot radius. FYI, the overspray is very minimal. As I got ready to spray, I angled myself to see the sheen reflecting off the door(s) from the surrounding lights. Hand at 45 degree angle about 8 to 10 inches away from board, I sprayed horizontally left to right along with the grain. Walked around board, resprayed horizontally left to right along with the grain. This got all the nooks and the lighting confirmed that I covered the board evenly with a superfine mist. NOTE, Within 2 min youâll see the mist blend together on the board giving you a glass like coating. 3 to 5 min after that, you should see areas start to dry. If 10min after spraying most of the board looks very wet, you put too much, and the puddling WILL result in a yellow stain (as I learned from my practicing). I gave it about 6hrs of dry time in between coats, slightly longer due to thinning. ANOTHER TRICK. Run a dehumidifier (if possible) wherever youâre tackling this project. I had an unfinished room in basement and in a given day, the dehumidifier collected about 3 inches of water and made room feel like a dry oven; perfect! MOMENT OF TRUTH, was all this experimenting and prep work worth it? Absolutely! 1st coat was beyond impressive. NOTE, if you get some dust, an eyelash, or whatever, land on your coat as it dries; use tweezers if you can, but if not, resist the temptation to grab it. Walk away â donât look back, let it dry, then go at it carefully with a razor or lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper. Again, emphasis on carefully and lightly. 2nd coat was MAGNIFICENT! The doors exhumed a warm glow and the flat/matte finish combined with the grain gave such a classy/rich feel. Iâm sure a 3rd coat would have given more depth and warmth, but I was very happy with 2 coats.
FINAL STEP. I hung everything back after about 3 days of dry time, left doors open for another week and was very careful for first month of use. Now going into month 2 to 3, there have been a few water splashes and some accidental bumps, but the paint has held strong. NOTE, use foam bumpers to minimize doors slamming, these donât stick to the paint as it cures over time and are quieter than the clear hard rubber ones. Also, my project was 3 bathroom cabinets. I ran out of paint, called Rustoleum, and another can was sent for free and had HD tint.
All in all, this project took me a couple of weeks as I was learning along the way to help achieve as professional of a result as I could, which I did. Thanks for reading and I hope my detailed experience above helps someone achieve a flawless future cabinet facelift, good luck.
May 1, 2014