When we purchased this house it was a “fixer upper” and it needed so much TLC. Most of what we had in savings went to fixing what was mandatory at the time to get the house move in ready. One of the things I really wanted to do was tear out the kitchen and start from scratch or at the very least refinish the kitchen cabinets. In my mind I envisioned the perfect countertops, cabinets and appliances. Then reality hit that it was thousands of dollars to do so and was not an option at that time.
Fast forward 4 years later – I did get my dream kitchen without spending $$$thousands$$$ of dollars. It was only $200 dollars!!! YES, you read it correct $200! I refinished my own kitchen cabinets and let me just say that I’m not a DIY kind of person when it comes to home improvements. I went into Lowe’s one day and I was determined to figure something out and low and behold the sales person in the paint department shows me this small box of Rust-0leum Cabinet Transformations. I said to him, “I’ve never done anything like this” and he replied, “Just watch the DVD inside the box and do each step as instructed and do not skip any steps.” I was a bit nervous but was ready for the challenge and it was so worth it! Check out the pictures below!
How to refinish your kitchen cabinets.
1. Use painters tape and place it around all areas that might get painted on.
2. Remove the doors that you are working on. I worked only a small section at a time so I could keep track of all the screws and hinges.
3. Clean cabinets well with soapy water to remove dirt, grease and grime.
4. Use the de-glosser to scrub the cabinets and/ or doors.
5. Once the cabinets and/or doors are dry, start to paint cabinets with bond coat. Let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat.
6. OPTIONAL: This step is optional but I decided to use decorative glaze on my cabinets and it came out amazing.
7. Lastly, apply the top coat.
Refinishing the kitchen cabinets was not as hard of a project as I thought. I took the sales person’s advice and did not skip any steps. I highly recommend that you watch the DVD that is included. I was getting so giddy as I saw the transformation and I couldn’t believe how fantastic it was looking. You can see in the picture above the close up of the before and after of the kitchen cabinets. Lightening the color of the kitchen walls to an off white color instead of the orange makes the kitchen look so much bigger.
This is the magic little box of Rust-oleum Cabinet Transformations. There are two different kits – a dark color kit and a light color kit. I chose the dark color kit (Chocolate) and everything you need is in the box except the paint brushes. This is not a sponsored post, I was amazed on how awesome this Rust-Oleum kit is.
I added the hanging Talavera lamp and the patterned curtains to add more color. I am still not done with upgrading my kitchen as I’m on the hunt for some Talavera backsplash. I feel pretty confident that I can handle the next DIY project. If I can do this-you can too!