Why I Chose to Use Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit to Paint my Laminate Cabinets
I have always loved the look of white cabinets, but I didn’t have the budget to replace the existing outdated laminate cabinets in my kitchen. So, I started researching how to paint my laminate cabinets with Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit.
After doing my research I found that Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit is the best option for a beginner to paint laminate cabinets. Rust-Oleum is a well known brand, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with a popular brand with so many great products
I thought the pure white would really pop off the existing counter tops and brighten up the space, which it definitely did. It only took a weekend to totally transform my kitchen, and only for a couple hundred dollars!
It has been 3 years since I painted my laminate cabinets, and they are still holding up great. Even with a toddler that “fixes” the cabinets with a toy drill and drive cars along the cabinet doors.
I am sharing all of the tips and tricks that I learned along the way during my Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation. Do not make the same mistakes that I did while painting laminate cabinets!
The Rustoleum Transformation Cabinet Kit Includes:
- How to DVD
- Instruction pamphlet
- Bond Coat (Tintable paint)
- Scrub pads
- Stir sticks
- Protective Top Coat
- Decorative Glazing cloths
- Decorative Glaze (I skipped this optional step)
Shopping List – Everything you need to paint your cabinets!
- Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit or Alternative Cabinet Paint
- Angled Paint Brush
- High Density Foam Paint Roller and Paint Roller Frame
- Paint Tray
- Paint Tray Liners
- Krud Kutter
- Painter’s Pyramids
- Cabinet Bumpers
- Cabinet Hinges and Pulls/Knobs
Do Not Make These Common Mistakes when Painting Laminate Cabinets!
Make sure to read the common mistakes listed below before you start painting your cabinets. Learn from our mistakes, so your cabinets come out better. We share everything you need to know to paint cabinets the right way, so they last!
Mistake 1 – Panic
The first coat has been applied you begin to panic, and instantly regret your decision. Don’t be alarmed if the first couple of coats look terrible (as seen below)!
I almost cried when I finished applying the first coat of the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit because I thought I made a huge mistake by painting my cabinets. After a few more coats of paint, the cabinets will start to look much better.
Mistake 2 – How to Avoid Brush Strokes
You only purchased a brush to apply the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit. I made this mistake and it took me a lot longer to apply the paint. If, I had used a high density foam paint roller and a Wooster angled brush I could have saved myself from buying an extra cabinet kit to finish the project.
Using a high density foam paint roller for cabinets allows for a much smoother and even finish. I could have got away with only purchasing 2 instead of 3 kits to paint my cabinets and save a ton of time, if I used this roller.
Mistake 3 – Using the Incorrect Roller to Paint Laminate Cabinets
You purchased a roller and an angled brush, but you purchased a roller used to paint walls. Make sure to purchase a roller made for smooth surfaces or your cabinets will have a weird texture from using the incorrect roller.
Purchase a high density foam roller that is meant for smooth surfaces. Since I only used a paint brush for the entire project, it took me a total of 8 coats of paint, and almost 3 Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kits.
Mistake 4 – Not Protecting Surrounding Areas
Cover your counter tops and floors with drop cloths because paint will splatter! I skipped this step because I thought the paint would easily peel off (wrong), and I was thinking of replacing the counter tops.
I didn’t end up replacing the counter tops because of the expense. So, it ended up taking me forever to clean up paint splatters from the counters and floor. Next time I would use cardboard, newspaper, or a drop cloth under cabinets and for the floors for an easier clean up.
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Mistake 5 – Not Removing the Cabinet Doors
To save time you decided it would be easier to leave the cabinet doors on instead of removing them. WRONG!!
I made the mistake of leaving my cabinet doors on because I was being lazy. This did not save me anytime, in fact this took a lot of time and I ended up getting paint on the hardware.
Since I left the cabinet doors on while painting, the clear coat gathered around the grooves of the cabinet and dripped down the sides. This caused the cabinets to turn a slight yellow in some areas, as you can see in the below picture.
I highly recommend removing the cabinet doors!
How to Apply the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit
Step 1 – Apply the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Deglosser
First begin by wiping down all surfaces of the cabinets with a damp soapy sponge. Then apply the deglosser with the white rag that is included in the kit to all surfaces that are to be painted. Then wipe down the cabinets with damp soapy water again.
If you are not using the deglosser that is included in the Rust-Oleum cabinet transformation kit, this is a really good alternative to prep your cabinets. Krud Kutter removes grease, mildew, stains, and lightly etches the cabinet surface to prep for painting.
The Rust-Oleum cabinet transformation kit was designed, so you do not have to sand your cabinets. I did not sand my cabinets before paint them with the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Kit, and they are still holding up nicely.
Krud Kutter removes grease, mildew, stains, and lightly etches the cabinet surface to prep for painting.
My kitchen transformation came out great with a cabinet kit, but there are other options out there that can provide great results for less!
How to Fill in Wood Grain on Cabinets
Laminate cabinets with wood grain can either be painted right over the grain or fill the grain. If you don’t mind the look of the grain, you can simply just paint the cabinets and the gain will show through.
Luckily my laminate cabinets did not have wood grain, so I was able to paint my cabinets without filling them. I don’t care for the look of grain, so if my cabinets had wood grain I would have filled them in using Wood Grain Filler.
The filler should be applied to the cabinet wood grain just like you would apply spackle to a wall. Lightly smooth the putty over the surface then scrape away any excess. Once the filler has dried, lightly sand the surface to prep for painting.
Step 2 – Label Cabinet Doors and Drawers
Make sure to label all cabinet doors and drawers with a post it note and also. label a plastic cup or bag to insert all of the hardware for each cabinet. Then remove the cabinets and place all hardware in the label that matches the cup or bag.
Step 3 – How to apply the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation White Paint
Once the cabinets have dried, you can begin applying the first coat of paint. First apply the paint with an angled brush into all areas that the roller cannot cover then cover the entire surface with a roller and smooth out any brush strokes.
Step 4 – How to apply the Second Coat of Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation
Wait at least a couple hours in between each coat. I applied all paint to the front surface of the cabinets before flipping the cabinets and working on the back.
The cabinets might feel dry to the touch, but they are not fully cured. So, I would wait 12-24 hours before flipping the cabinets over to paint the other side.
If you would rather not wait this long because you want to get this project done, I recommend painter’s pyramids. Painter pyramids prop up cabinet doors, so you can paint both sides of the cabinet even if it is not dry.
Closer Look Inside my Cabinets
I choose not to paint inside the cabinets because I thought it looked fine as is. I painted all surrounding areas of the cabinets and doors. See below:
Step 5 – How to apply the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Top Coat
After the cabinets have completely dried, you can begin applying the final protective top coat. I used an angled brush to apply one layer or protective coat to the cabinets.
I noticed a slight yellowing on my cabinets in areas that I applied the clear coat because I applied the clear coat too thick. So, do not apply a very thick layer of clear coat, only a thin layer is needed.
Do not forget to replace cabinet bumpers! After I finished applying the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit, I placed bumpers on the back of the cabinet doors and the doors.
The cabinet bumpers protect the cabinets, while allowing the doors and drawers to close softer.
Updating existing handles and hinges can make a huge difference in your kitchen! Make sure to measure your hardware before purchasing new hardware.
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How to Prevent White Cabinets from Turning Yellow
The clear coat included in the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit is made to prevent yellowing, so do not skip this step. Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformation kit clear coat is an Acrylic/Urethane resin that will not yellow, if applied correctly.
Do not apply a thick layer of clear coat! A thick layer of clear coat will dry in the grooves of the cabinet doors, and may leave drips. The drips will dry a light yellow on the white cabinets.
Also, make sure to remove your cabinet doors and drawers before applying the clear coat to your cabinets for a much smoother finish.
How to Clean Painted Laminate Cabinets
Grease and smoke from cooking may make white cabinets appear slightly yellow. Do not use any abrasive cleaners or brushes to clean the cabinets.
To clean the cabinets simply use dish soap mixed with water and a cloth or sponge. Gently wipe down each cabinet door one by one with the soapy water then dry each cabinet after it has been cleaned.
It has been 3 years since I painted my cabinets, and they are still holding up great. My cabinets still look good, even with a toddler that “fixes” the cabinets with a toy drill and drive cars along the cabinets. I only noticed a very slight yellowing of the cabinets in areas that I applied a thick layer of clear coat.
I am really happy with how my cabinets turned out, and I highly recommend this Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit. You really can’t go wrong with any product made by Rust-Oleum!
Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation – After!
It has been 3 years, since I painted my cabinets, and they are still holding up great. The cabinets are still holding up really well, even with a toddler that “fixes” the cabinets with a toy drill and drive cars along the cabinets.
I am very pleased happy with how my cabinets turned out, and I highly recommend this Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit.
If you are looking for other alternative to a cabinet kit, I recommend Behr Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel or Cabinet Coat Semi-Gloss. We have a post on how to use these paints and why we recommend them here.
Backsplash – Oyster Gray Grout
Here is our current project! We purchased this back splash on clearance a couple years ago at Home Depot. Finally we are getting around to adding this back splash to our kitchen.
We just finished grouting the backsplash in Oyster Gray grout!
Before & After Photos from our Followers:
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