March 1, 2012

Kitchen Cabinet - Reveal!! (thanks Rustoleum!)

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
this tagline kind of says it all - it's all in one box, including the stuff to deglaze your cabinets (so there's NO SANDING!), the base color, the glaze, and a top protective coat - even rags and scrubbie things - you do need your own paint brushes and drop cloths, but that's about all.
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:
Trevor bought a wooden curtain rod and cut it and boxed it end to make the corners decorative.  With the painted cabinets and painted shelf, it ties it all together.
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:
A picture of the cooktop tear-out:
And random painting:

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!!

UPDATE:  the work in progress is finally complete - in addition to painted cabinets, we changed out the backsplash and countertops - you can read all about the whole Kitchen Makeover Here.  And here's a more complete before/after picture:


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48 Fabulous Comments:

Wow! They look great! And I love Rustoleum products :) I used the countertop paint. When I moved in they were a lovely "harvest gold". Now a nice light shade of gray.

I love them - they look so rich and expensive! Great job. BTW, I totally agree about the glaze. I try to do it all at once and be the only one doing it.

Holy Awesomeness! They turned out gorgeous!

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Wow! I love the extra storage you added. And Hubby and I were just talking about re-doing the bathroom I have to go check out this product.

This is really amazing! You did a fantastic job and I love the color you chose! I have a couple of questions if you dont mind! 1. Did 1 kit do ALL of these cabinets? (You have so many! I am super jealous) 2. I have inherited some cabinets that are not real wood but still in good condition I would love to repaint them until I could afford something different...

I love it! We have our Rustoleum kit sitting in our basement just waiting to be used. I love reading about other's experiences with the product- everyone seems to really like it! Can't wait to see your full kitchen reveal!

I love it! We have our Rustoleum kit sitting in our basement just waiting to be used. I love reading about other's experiences with the product- everyone seems to really like it! Can't wait to see your full kitchen reveal!

Wow! What an awesome transformation! I Love how they turned out. You did an awesome job! I Love all the little things you did with the fake drawers. This totally changed the look of your kitchen for the better. I can't wait to see it when it's all done! Thanks for sharing the process and all the details.


Your kitchen looks fabulous! I'm in love with the castle color that you chose. It makes it look so sleek and modern. The added shelving to extend the countertop, as well as the hinges on the "dead" drawer in front of the sink are brilliant! I'm pinning that drawer. I might have to do that myself. :)

Your cabinets look awesome! Great job. :)

Well, you know how I feel about wood cabinets. But it does look fabulous.

This is exactly what I would love to do to my kitchen, but I have a 'don't paint wood' hubby! Maybe one day.

WOW!!! That is a lot of work but they look fabulous. Love the new color!

They look great! I love them!

Great job! I have been trying to decide between painting them with a collection of products (like YHL) or using the Rustoleum product. I take it you liked the Rustoleum? Did you get the see the color in person somehow before buying the kit?
They look wonderful.

WOW! Incredible difference!!! They look so new and modern!

Great job!

@ Creatively Living

They look awesome Mandy! Rustoleum is the best!


I love how it turned out and the color you chose!! Great job Mandy!

That color looks incredible!! Are you keeping your wall color? It looks so good with the grey cabinets.

Wow--I was thinking about painting my cabinets with just regular paint--but now I am considering this kit!! Did you do the WHOLE kitchen with just one kit? Thanks for sharing!!

Gorgeous! I really like the gray. It goes perfect with your green walls. I am excited to see your kitchen when it is done! I love your open shelf too. The green dishes are fun.

Looks amazing Mandy! I'm glad to hear glazing isn't too scary (i've been wanting to try it on a dresser or something)


Wow what a transformation! Lots of work, for sure, but it must be so satisfying to know that you did them yourself, and so inexpensively. Are you keeping the green wall color? It's a gorgeous you happen to remember the brand/shade you used?

The gray color looks great against your green walls!!! All the little extra storage you added is awesome!!! The pull out drawers, the new drawers! Love it!!

Wow it's amazing what a fresh colour and a new style can do!! =D doesn't even look like the same kitchen! You can totally see the arches in the doors more because the wood grain isn't getting in the way visually...and everything just looks so fresh! great job!

It looks FABULOUS!!! Love the finished product.

I usually don't like painting over wood, but this looks great. I can tell you put a ton of work into it.

I thought they looked good before but I LOVE the after look. You did an amazing job!

Looks awesome! I've painted cabinets many times, I know what a chore it can be! But I've always been thrilled with the results. Your project is no exception. Way to go!!

Have you considered painting the wood trim around the window? Just a thought, but I know once you start, it would wind up being ALL THE TRIM. And that would suck. Still, the cabinets ROCK!

Fan freaking tastic Mandy!!!! My favorite photo? You getting your hair done! Too cute! lol

Yea! I'm so glad you did we have been looking for options and its nice to have someone else try it first ya know? Thanks for being that person.

I love this color! So awesome-sauce! :)

We just finished our cabinets - like tonight! I wish I had known about this sooner!

Lana like Banana :)

they look amazing! I love them. I've been wanting to redo our cabinets and try the Rust-oleum transformation kit, but we haven't saved up for it yet. I will keep it on my list of things to save for though!

It looks like a completely different kitchen! When I do mine, I am seriously considering this kit!

Wow! I love the extra storage you added. And Hubby and I were just talking about re-doing the bathroom I have to go check out this product.


how many of the rustoleum kits did you use? one?

I only used one kit - I thought it would take 2 but it didn't

Nice post! I just finished my bathroom cabinets using the espresso color. I'm going to do the kitchen next. I wrote up a how-to article with pictures and tips based on what I learned. I definitely am please with the results. What do you think of my writeup?

Dear Mandy @Sugar Bee Crafts,

How are your cabinets holding up today? It's not been a year yet, but I'm wondering how well the "no sanding" deglazer worked. Are the cabinets holding up well to dings and scrapes? I'd love to try it, but I've been burned by degalzers in the (very distant) past. Thank you so much, and it does look wonderful!

It's holding up great - - there are a few scratches on the cabinet front thing that's right in front of the sink, but it's because Trevor was leaning over the sink with a toolbelt on, so it's not normal wear-and-tear - - anyways, with the normal wear and tear it's holding up great so far - and I still love it!!

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