Rustoleum Kitchen Cabinet Kit

Rustoleum Kitchen Cabinet Kit

A few weeks ago I posted my kitchen plans, paint the top cabinets white and the bottom cabinets gray.  I purchased two Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kits a few months ago and couldn’t wait to get started.  This is not my first rodeo with painting cabinets or wood for that matter.  You can read about how I painted our oak trim white and also our powder room vanity, both of which have held up really well. Before I started painting, I made sure I watched the DVD that came with the kit, removed all my cabinet doors, hardware and hinges, labeled all the doors and corresponding hardware in baggies, filled in the holes where my hardware was located and then sanded the filler down.   I washed and scrubbed my cabinets and frames with soap and water.  I then deglossed them vigorously, scrubbing until my hands ached and would lock up, making sure I did this step correctly as it is the most important step in the process so that your paint “bonds” to the wood.  I wiped them down with the lint free cloths I purchased just for this project.  I dried them and did everything exactly as it was laid out in the directions. Next was setting up a spot for the cabinet doors to rest on while they were being painted.  My husband made me stripes of plywood with screws in them to set the cabinets on, this was so helpful! I painted the first coat of bond paint on with my Purdy brush that I love and have used on my trim and doors with great results along with a foam roller for cabinets.  The first coat went on ok and I figured after another coat it would look better.  I rolled it on first but it was really bubbly looking so I went over it with my brush after rolling. The kit says you only need two coats of the bond coat but I wasn’t loving the look so I thought I’d do three.  While three was better it still wasn’t the look I was going for.  The paint looks streaky and not uniform.  After reading online a bit more, it seems that this happens with the lighter kits and that is why the glaze is recommended, to hide the inconsistency of the paint. It’s hard to see on the computer screen but I did have a friend come over today and she confirmed that the cabinets definitely are streaky looking and I’m not crazy.  Ok well she didn’t say I wasn’t crazy, just the cabinets are for sure streaky looking and need more paint. If the streaking wasn’t fun enough, I then discovered that the bond coat apparently hasn’t bonded properly as I could very easily peel off the paint from the cabinet. Now I”m not sure where to go with the cabinets from here.  Do I need to sand them all down and start over?  If I do I will definitely be following the Young House Love tutorial and using my beloved Benjamin Moore paint. Can I just paint over the bond coat with maybe my Ace Cabinet and Trim Paint?  This could work but now that the bond coat is peeling off I am worried I’ll just be putting a bandage over a really big gaping wound that will soon burst it’s infection all over in my kitchen. I’m going to wait a few days and see if the bond coat “cures” and if it doesn’t then I will be sanding them all down and starting over. After talking with a few people it seems that the darker kits work well and maybe it’s the lighter kits when you don’t use the glaze that are not working out so well.  Rustoleum did back their product and gave me a 100% refund on my purchase. I ended up sanding down the cabinets especially in areas where it was peeling, I went with my trusty Zinsser primer and then the Ace Cabinet, Trim & Door Paint.  They have held up well to four kids and two dogs, countless gatherings here and the daily wear and tear from being used.  You can see more of the kitchen with the chalkboard subway tile backsplash and my gray cabinets in this post, I’ve since updated my kitchen. You can read more on my updated kitchen, including all white cabinets and my sharpie marker herringbone backsplash. Have you used Cabinet Transformations?  Did you like it?  Have you painted your cabinets the old fashioned way?  I’m curious to hear about your experiences!
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Rustoleum Kitchen Cabinet Kit

My husband and I helped our son and his wife use the white Rustoleum kit on their cabinets. We painted the trim in the kitchen, they painted the doors in their basement. They gave their doors 3 coats in some places, when they put on the finishing coat it looked like they went to lightly on it. From what I have read, it too was not their fault. We had wondered if they had used a primer if that would have made a difference. We had to stay an extra day (not in our plans) to get the doors back on. Once they were all up and you stood back, they were OK looked better than before. They have had some chipping by the sink. Our son thinks it could be from their belt buckles. I am afraid when they add more lighting in their kitchen (which it needs 2 pendant lights over the counter), the doors are going to look more streaked from the finishing coat. I on the other hand am going to paint my cabinets this winter. I plan to buy a spay gun, fasten to hooks on the top of the doors and drawer fronts, run a wire through and hang the doors in my garage, and spray paint the back, sides, fronts, top and bottom all at the same time. when dry, you just go in and touch up where hook was. If you hang everyone up side down, you will never see it. I have heard several light coats is better than trying to brush it on. I will not use Rustoleum kit, thats for sure. I know what everyone means by the amount of work it takes to do all doors and the boxes and then not have it look nice, I can not imagine how I would feel. I will continue to look and do my research on the best paint for cabinets. (They show painting cabinets all the time on HG/TV./
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Rustoleum Kitchen Cabinet Kit

I tried the RustOleum Cabinet Transformations this past weekend and the project was a disaster. First of all, it was VERY time consuming and secondly the top coat was a HUGE disappointment. I painted my cabinets with the Espresso color and at the beginning turned out reasonable. However, some parts of the cabinet did not want to take the bond coat easily so therefore, there was a lot of touching up that was required after a day of allowing the bond coat to dry which took up more of my time. Lastly, when it came to the top coat, I noticed that there were bubbles that formed on my cabinet doors and drawers. I took it inside the house to see if it was noticeable and under my kitchen light it was definitely noticeable. In conclusion, I would not recommend this product to anyone unless you are really familiar with these types of products and has a lot of time. If I would have known, I would have just hired someone to do the job. Now I am finding myself searching for someone professional to complete the job. I have contacted RustOleum for a refund. Let’s see how that goes.
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Rustoleum Kitchen Cabinet Kit

I have used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations with great success. Three years ago I stripped, sanded, stained, and polyeurothaned my hand crafted designer cabinets to a Red Mohagany color instead of the tacky oak color that were on them. I always wanted to go very light to brighten my kitchen so when I saw Cabinet Transformations I jumped on the bandwagon thanks to a Lowe’s representative that had used it. I kept asking the Lowe’s rep over and over “Are you SURE I don’t have to sand and strip??? So, after being reassured several times, I used the “Pure White” and applied the glaze that was supplied in the kit. I followed all of the directions as states and they have turned out BEAUTIFUL!! I was surprised since the polyeurethane was applied during the prior remodel three years ago!
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Rustoleum Kitchen Cabinet Kit

Hi Ange, I also used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit in Expresso and meticulously followed the directions, spending hundreds of hours redoing my kitchen. The results looked amazing and stayed that way for about a year. After that amount of time, there were small dings where the paint would come off exactly as shown in your pictures and I would have to repaint and redo the top coat every year on maybe 30 out of 80 cabinet doors/drawers. It’s been about 4 years now and all the places where the cabinets get heavy use with fingers (like the edges where you open them up) have had all the coating rub off. I am now where I started 4 years ago and need to do it properly. I would never recommend using this product again because of how long it took to apply and how long it ended up lasting. I’m eager to hear if you think that ACE’s paint is a long term solution. I don’t want to ever have to go through this again in 4 years.

Rustoleum Kitchen Cabinet Kit

Rustoleum Kitchen Cabinet Kit
Rustoleum Kitchen Cabinet Kit