Recently I tackled the project of painting my kitchen cabinets.It was a lot of work, but the end results were so worth it!
After painting our bathroom vanity last winter, I really thought hard about also painting my kitchen cabinets too, which had the exact same honey oak cabinets. I knew it would be a big project. When I did the first bathroom I sanded, primed, painted and put a finish coat on them. Here’s a link to the post I did on painting honey oak cabinets. I really liked the outcome and had planned to use the same method , but then I ran across an article in Better Homes and Gardens about various techniques for painting kitchen cabinets and they mentioned a product from Rust-Oleum specifically made for cabinets that didn’t require sanding. WHAT!? No sanding? I was skeptical but willing to give it a try, so I bought the kit last summer and did our upstairs bathroom vanity as a test run. I chose a similar espresso color as I had used for paint on my other bathroom. In the end, the Rust-Oleum Transformations Cabinet kit won out both for process and outcome for me, so that’s what I decided to use for the kitchen.
I took the week before Labor Day off from work and started right in on the kitchen, knowing it was going to be a big job. We had some other updates planned for the kitchen, so we did the countertops over that first weekend.
I used the large Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit in Espresso, which I purchased from Lowe’s for about $150. The paint department mixes in the color you select. The kit contains much of what you need, but you will have to buy paint brushes and disposable paint containers, painter’s tape, drop cloths (if you need them), lint free cloths, and gloves if you don’t want to get your hands too dirty.
The process is fairly straightforward. You can also read more detailed instructions on their website.
Here are some before, during and after pictures.
Before: dated honey oak cabinets
Deglossing, cleaning and prep for painting base coat.
During: Cabinet frames completed.
After: Cabinets finished, hardware installed, walls painted.
Overall I was extremely pleased with the final product. We’re not done with our kitchen yet, but we’re getting closer, so don’t mind the missing trim on the window and such. I’ll do another post on the real “after” for the whole project once we get a few other things completed.
Pros, Cons and Tips:
All-in-all, I would definitely recommend the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation product. In fact, I already have two other friends who have used it on their kitchens.
I can’t wait to get the kitchen fully done. It feels like it’s been so long. So far we’ve done the countertops, painted the cabinets, replaced all the hardware and light fixtures, replaced the flooring (not shown) and painted the walls. Next up: replace trim on windows, add crown molding, make/get curtains, and decorate walls. We’re in the home stretch!