Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DIY-Kitchen Cabinet Transformation



So if you thought our fake wood kitchen counter tops were bad then you have never seen cabinets from 1981 including the original hardware. I'm pretty sure that globe light fixture is also from the 80's. We went back and forth between painting the cabinets and staining them. After I found out about Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation I was sold mainly because it required NO sanding. I pretty much discovered the cabinet and counter kits about the same time. We bought the cabinet kit from Lowes and I think we paid $80 for it. I know we did purchase the smaller kit which was enough for 100 square feet of cabinets and we only used about half of the supplies included. We haven't decided yet if we are going to keep the remainder of the kit or try to re-sell it somewhere. The cabinets in our bathrooms are brand new since we previously gutted both bathrooms so the likely hood of us using the kit anytime soon is slim.

Here is what our kitchen looked like both we started on anything at all.




Those apple curtains where in the house when we bought it...5 years ago.

I'm not even sure what type of material the cabinets actually are..wood or laminate maybe??

Original Hardware.

First thing that needed to be done is to remove all the old hideous hardware and hinges from the cabinets. We wanted to make sure we had a perfect fit with our new stuff so if new holes had to be drilled we could fill in the old ones with wood putty. Everything ended up matching up great on the actual doors, but the hinge holes didn't match up on the actual cabinet frames so we had to fill in the old holes and then sand them flush.



 
We set up a workstation in our garage and got started with the de-glossing step. After it dried the required hour we got started with the actual colored bond coat. We decided to go with cocoa for our cabinet color. When you buy your kit they tint the bond coat to whatever color you want. The kit also includes a optional glaze that you can apply with different techniques which can also alter the color of the cabinets. The kit box shows all the color options and what they would all look like with and without the glaze.
I found these awesome little stands in the paint section.

Applying the bond coat.

 


 
 
After you do 2 coats of the colored bond coat you can do the optional glaze coat. I didn't want to because I'm lazy and wanted to be done. I also didn't think it was going to make that much of a difference since with the darker cabinet colors the difference is more subtle, but Hubs convinced me to do it. Ok let's be real he did that entire coat by himself, but the directions did say to only have one person to do this step to keep it consistent.
 
 




 
 
After the glaze dries for 8 hours overnight then you can do the final coat which needs to dry for at least 12 hours. You only have 5 minutes once you apply the top coat to get it all spread out. It starts to dry very quickly once its actually on the cabinets and it does dry clear so don't be worried.
 

 
Once the top coat was dry we put our new hardware on and hung the doors back up. New hinges and pulls ran us a little more than $100. Now we just have to do a couple of touch up items and then we are done with the kitchen!!
 





 
 
 
 

 




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