How To Transform Your Kitchen For Under $100

Posted in All Things Home, DIY
on November 17, 2016

Our kitchen used to anger me, I would always think to myself why in the world would someone put this kitchen in a home as “new” as ours? When builders start construction on a much-needed subdivision they clearly don’t put much effort into each individual house. That’s where I’m budding in to tell you not to pay any mind to the condition of drab cabinets anymore, after you read this post you’ll realize what an easy fix it can be.

This has to be my favorite DIY in the history of forever y’all, clearly my results were out of this world. I am no painter and my patience is as short as the wick on your favorite candle, but I pulled it off with Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformations, and you can too!

First off, you’re going to have to do some research and find the color you’re wanting in your kitchen. I’ve ALWAYS wanted a white kitchen, but the rest of our house is already so light and I had no choice but to go darker. Always keep the rest of your house, mainly the living room, in mind to avoid washing everything out. Contrast is key.

So, after finally accepting that a white kitchen wouldn’t work I decided to go darker. Anything would look better than what we were working with. After reading, and watching, tons of reviews on Rustoleum’s Cabinet Transformations kit I was sold.

No sanding, no priming, and under $100. So tell me, would you say no? We decided on the Espresso shade and it wasnt long before leaving the store that my cabinet doors were removed and I got down to business.

Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations

Step One – Clean and Degloss

This was probably the most time-consuming part. Rightfully so, being that the entire project could go wrong if you don’t do this step right. Starting with the cabinet frames and then the doors, you’re going to need to clean off any signs of grease, dirt, or food residue. Using the green sub pad included, heavily saturate the surfaces with deglosser and scrub like crazy. When finished, the surface should be as flawless and smooth as the day you moved in.

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Step two Apply Bond Coat

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After 1 coat

The bond coat is your color that is professionally mixed while you purchase the kit. You’ll immediately see progress, as this is basically the paint itself. I started with the frames and kick boards one night, and the next day I was working on the cabinets. It took 2 coats to get even color, dry time was 45 minutes to 1 hour with my A/C on cool and fans running 100mph; figuratively speaking of course.

Step Three- Decorative Glaze

We skipped this step.. The glaze is optional and from the videos I’ve watched I noticed buyers weren’t fond of the glaze. The glaze will actually darken your chosen color a tad and give it a little shine. If you prefer matte or if you are happy with your results after they dry, skip this step completely.

Step Four- Protective Top Coat

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Another doozie y’all. The bond coat must be COMPLETELY dry before applying the top coat, otherwise you will smear your color and have a big noticeable smudge to fix. The top coat dries quickly so once you apply it don’t go back over it again, not even 20 seconds later. 2 coats are needed with this step. Let it cure for 12 hours and you’re ready for hardware!!

If you’re wondering why my countertops don’t match it’s because they too are a DIY (in progress). Click here to see how I transformed my countertops for under $20, you’ll also get a better look at the cabinets before this amazing transformation!

Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations

It’s been nearly a month since this project and the paint is still going strong. No cracks or fading and I cannot get enough of the compliments! Major bonus that I get to tell friends and family that I did it! So, before you decide to rip out your cabinets, or pay someone else an ungodly amount of money, get this kit! With the budget friendly price tag you literally have nothing to lose. There hasn’t been a day when I walk in my kitchen in the morning and don’t smile.

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