When we moved into this home, the previous owners had done a lot of updating. On the surface, the cabinets seemed fine. After we have lived in the home for a while, I have to admit, the color was starting to bug me. The actual construction of the cabinets are solid. They are 30 years old, but what we have been told, they are high quality cabinets. At this stage in our lives, we can’t afford to replace high quality cabinets with high quality cabinets. So we started to look into refacing them. We contacted a local business about the cost of refacing the cabinets.
It was about the cost of replacing them. No thanks!
My husband is pretty handy, but the thought of sanding all of the cabinets by hand did not thrill him. It didn’t thrill me either because of the dust. A friend of ours then told us about Rust-oleum Cabinet Transformations.
They were going to reface their builder grade cabinets and would have us over to view them after they were done. My hubby, who painted cars for a living before working for insurance, was doubtful. Extremely, unbelievably doubtful. This product claims you don’t have to sand. That goes against every painter’s instinct. However, he agreed to go and see their cabinets.
They look fabulous! I really wouldn’t call this product paint but it isn’t a stain. It is a different texture than both. The cabinets look great and we were eager to start on ours. Now, you have to understand, my husband is generally the fix it guy around our house. I handle certain areas of the home, he handles certain areas. Messing with the cabinets when it involves possibly ruining them, is his area. He is more of a natural perfectionist than I am. I like things done well and right, it just sometimes takes me a few practice tries to get there. Since I have never painted on cabinets before, imagine my shock when he agreed to let me give it a try. He had quite a few other projects going on and didn’t have time for this one.
Grandma got the kids for a few days, I bought a box and we agreed to start with the hutch that is in the dining room. (Same color and make of the kitchen cabinets. If something went wrong, it wouldn’t matter as much!)
We are refacing the hutch black, however the kitchen cabinets will be a wood color, still to be determined.
It is going really, really well. The process is easy, just takes time for each step to dry.
1. Degloss the cabinets (that is in place of the sanding)
2. Bond (that’s the painting step)
3. Glaze (optional)
4. Protective Finish
I will show you a finished picture when it gets done. If I would have had one more day without children, I would have been able to finish it. Now it has been a week, and I am still finishing it up. (You know how that goes!)
One kit is more than enough to do my whole hutch. Each kit is about $60-$70 at Menard’s. So for $65 and my time, I have a new looking hutch. I highly recommend this product! (And I can’t wait to start on the kitchen cabinets!)