Here’s your much anticipated kitchen cabinet reveal – wahoo!! Now note, I did not say “kitchen reveal” – this post is all about the cabinets. The kitchen is still a work in progress – the counter guys come measure today and install next Friday (wahoo!!) – we ended going with Quartz/Silestone and I’m pretty excited about our choice. The pulls/handles are on order, 3 weeks out. And we have some big decisions to make on backsplash tile and lighting. So when all that happens, I’ll take lots of great pictures.
But for now, the cabinets!! First let me warn you – if you are one of those who are against painting over wood (I know there are lots of you out there) then you might just want to stop reading right now, cause that’s what I did…
(EVEN MORE updated “after” picture down below….)
I was sent a Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit – so big thanks to Rustoleum. I would highly recommend the kit! I used the one called “Castle” – you can see all kinds
Oh, and it came with a how-to DVD – I watched it twice to be sure I was going to get everything right!
Once again, BEFORE:
You never realize how many cabinets you have until all the doors are spread out – then I thought I might be over my head. But it’s doable!
I had my minions helping with transporting the doors as I removed them:
Then you clean them. Then you deglaze them with a special cleaner. I wonder if I could have combined these two steps. For a timeline, I spent one day removing all the doors, one day washing all the doors, and one day deglazing all the doors (with help from my sister-in-law Krista! it goes so much faster when you have someone to yap to while you’re working).
I was on a roll. If I would have stayed focused, I think I could have had the whole thing done in a week. After deglazing you paint on 2 coats of base color. So maybe a day each coat. Then a day to do the glaze and a day to do the protective topcoat. But I wasn’t focused, so it took me a while! Because on Saturdays we were still going to piano recitals and pinewood derbys, etc and same thing in the evenings, and during the day there was something about paying attention to the kids – you know, just busy with life.
And I would do things like my hair instead (hey! me of the past – quit doing your hair and get busy painting those cabinets behind you!)
We added a few upgrades to our kitchen as we went. Like the AMAZING drawer built into the dead space under your cabinet – genius idea found on pinterest from Family HandyMan. Most noticeable is the end shelf thing – we had a pretty big space at the end of our “L” so we wanted to extend out the counter. We thought about adding another cabinet but knew we couldn’t get one to match exactly, so a shelf was the winner of the idea:
He also pried off the fake drawer front that’s in front of the sink, added hinges, and made a little tilt-out box for it – that’s super fun:
And where we used to have a cooktop, he pried that fake drawer front off and made it an actual drawer. It’s my favorite drawer and has lots of built-in dividers. He was great to involve the kids in the building:
The glaze adds so much depth and gives the cabinets a more high-end look. I talk all about the glaze in this Kitchen Preview Post. That post shows a picture of cabinets glazed and not glazed, but here’s another picture for you as well – glazed on the left, unglazed on the right.
I was a little nervous about the glazing step because I haven’t really done any glazing, but it wasn’t hard at all. You just brush on the glaze all over. Then you use a rag and wipe off the glaze. It will leave behind some glaze, and that’s the look – it settles into your wood grain and cabinet details. And yep, you need to do the backs as well. It’s not perfect, but no one but me knows.
One hint I have about glazing is to do it all within a couple of days. Along the same lines, just have one person do the glazing – everyone will have a slightly different hold and pressure. Because I glazed all the bases before vacation, then came back a couple of weeks later and did all the doors. Well, I had a different hold on the rag and didn’t even know it. So the bases in this one section are lighter (I wiped off more glaze) then the doors (when I was in the mode to leave on a little more glaze). I fixed everywhere but here by adding another light layer of glaze, but I wanted to show you the difference:
Some side-by-side pics for ya:
oh, and with our uppers, since we added that open shelf down low, I decided to make the middle section open shelving – it still needs trim to make it look like it’s supposed to be shelving and not just a cabinet with the doors off:
So, still a work in progress, but I am LOVING my cabinets. The Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation kits run about $80. My neighbor just got a bid to repaint her cabinets, for $3,500 – what!?! It was for the nice spray technique, but still, seems pretty pricey. Think of all the money you’ll save painting your own cabinets instead of hiring it out or getting new cabinets.
So, to recap:
–I LOVED the kit because it did all the thinking for me – I didn’t have to figure out what gloss or what sealer or what color – it just all came in one box. So perfect.
–I used 1 large kit – I thought I would need 2 because of the open shelving spots but the 1 kit really went a long way. To give you an idea on size, it came with 1 gallon of gray paint.
–Great instructional video, so even a beginner can give this a try.
It does take work, but it’s not hard. Just involved. You Can Do It!!