The Rustoleum Cabinet Kit has to be one of my favorite transformations we've done so far. The difference is just astounding. Here's the before:
There are only a few steps and altogether it only takes a couple of days. Obviously, you do have to take off the cabinet doors and take out the drawers. You also need to take off the handles and knobs.
Step One: Use the deglosser to take off the glossy outer coat of the cabinets. This product also takes off bad stains and if you scrub hard, paint.
Step Two: Paint everything with the base coat. We chose pure white, but there are tons of colors to choose from. We decided not to waste the base coat on the inside of the cabinets, so knowing that our end product would be closer to a cream color, we painted the inside of them antique white.
Step Three: Use a 2 in. paint brush to apply the glaze. Then immediately wipe it off with the clean cloths that come in the kit. Marcus said using a tiny paint brush (like an artist's) helps get the glaze down into the grooves. But you have to make sure to wipe the grooves too or they'll be way to dark. This was my favorite part because you really get to control where the glaze goes, how light it gets, and what your ultimate look will be.
Step Four: Apply the protective coat. The kit comes with a clear protective coat that is a very important step to protect your hard work from scratches, stains, and fingerprints. Marcus is a clean-freak so he was considering putting a polyurethane coat on top of that, but I convinced him that it would be enough.
Make sure you follow the directions explicitly as far as drying times are concerned because that makes things so much easier. We actually had a lot of time to let it dry while we worked on other things so most of the time we just let it dry overnight before going to the next step.
Today we put all the knobs and handles back on, then hung the doors and put in the drawers. The effect is amazing... with our paint, new counters, and now the cabinets I can really see it coming together. Go back and look at the before...
Now see the after! I'm so proud.
Tomorrow, our wood floors are being installed and then on Monday our appliances are being delivered. After the appliances, we're going back to the old house to pack (hopefully we'll be able to finish in time). The movers are coming on Wednesday morning, so by this time next week we'll be unpacking in our house!!!
After we finish unpacking, I'm going to take tons of after pictures to compare. Make sure to come back and take a look!