Rust-oleum cabinet transformation kit makes it easy to paint kitchen cabinets white without sanding. Avoid making common painting mistakes and learn how to paint laminate cabinets the right way!
I have always loved the look of white cabinets, but I didn’t have the budget to replace the existing outdated laminate cabinets in my kitchen.
This was my first big DIY project, so this cabinet kit made me feel confident that I could paint laminate cabinets white.
Scroll to see my Rust-Oleum Transformation and learn a few tips before you paint your cabinets!
Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation is Budget Friendly
When I moved into my first home, I had all these big plans to rip out walls, remove tile, and replace counter tops.
After watching several home improvement shows, I thought it would be easy and affordable to take on these big projects.
Little did I know to remove a load bearing wall or replace counters can cost thousands.
Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation is Perfect for First Time Home Buyers
I thought that these big projects were within my grasp after watching young couples on home improvement shows spend 1.2 million on their first home.
These young couples sharpen colored pencils for a living and end up buying these expensive homes.
Then go on to renovate the entire first floor as soon as they get the keys to the front door of their first home.
New Home Owner Reality Check
After I purchased my first home, I realized that it is not always realistic to take on big projects like you see on these home improvement shows.
So, I started researching how to paint laminate cabinets because I couldn’t afford to rip apart my outdated kitchen and replace it.
Why I Used Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit to Update My Cabinets
After doing research on how to paint kitchen cabinets white, I found that the Rust-Oleum kit was the best option for beginners.
The cabinet kit was easy to work with and the instructions were very easy to understand.
Plus I could how to paint kitchen cabinets without sanding! Who wants to sand?!
I also, had no idea how to paint laminate cabinets, so it was nice that everything was included in the kit.
Read The Instructions Before You to Paint Kitchen Cabinets White
Even though I read the instructions, I made a few mistakes while painting my kitchen cabinets with Rust-Oleum.
Painting cabinets with a cabinet kit is easy, but can be a tedious process.
To simplify this project and end up with a smooth finish, read the common mistakes listed below before you paint kitchen cabinets white!
Paint Kitchen Cabinets White Not YELLOW!
Finally I was done painting and applied the top coat to my newly painted cabinets.
After a few weeks, I noticed a slight yellowing of my newly painted white cabinets.
This can be prevented if you read the section below on mistakes when painting cabinets.
Everything you need to know to paint cabinets is now simplified into a PDF guide. You can have access to this PDF anytime you want!
Required to Paint Kitchen Cabinets White:
- Cabinet Paint or Cabinet Kit
- High density foam roller
- Angled brush
- Drop Cloths
- Screw Driver
- Optional: Krud Kutter
- Optional: Wood Grain Filler
Common Mistakes When Using the Rust-oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit
Make sure to read the common painting mistakes listed below before you start painting your cabinets.
Learn from our mistakes, so your cabinets come out better than mine did.
We share everything you need to know to paint cabinets the right way, so they last!
Panic When Applying the First Coat of Paint
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 look much better.
A high density foam roller will help achieve smooth painted cabinets while evening out the brush strokes on the cabinets.
How to Avoid Brush Strokes on Painted Cabinets
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.
I probably would have been able to skip buying an extra cabinet kit to finish the project too.
A high density foam roller creates smooth painted cabinets that will last!
I have painted my entire home top to bottom, so I found some really great paint products along the way.
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.
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 painted cabinets.
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.
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.
Master bedroom update on a budget!
Not Removing the Cabinet Doors When Painting Cabinets
To save time you decided it would be easier to leave the cabinet doors on instead of removing them. WRONG!!
This is a common mistake when painting cabinets because you are eager to start painting.
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!
Tips and Tricks to fix your cabinets, if you painted cabinets chip!
Cabinet Paint Alternative
If you are looking for an alternative to a cabinet kit, I used another good paint to update a bathroom vanity and desk.
Cabinet kits are definitely helpful for beginners, but there are other options that can get you just as good of results for less money.
If you do not want the extra work, you can even use this to paint kitchen cabinets without sanding.
This paint went on super smooth, is moisture resistant, and did not require a clear coat.
Will My Painted Cabinets Chip?
Yes, they probably will chip eventually because the kitchen is a busy place in your home.
Well it’s a busy place for me because I eat too many snacks and I have 2 toddler boys that enjoy running laps around the kitchen.
Don’t worry though because a small chip can easily be fixed with these tips and tricks.
I have a few small chips around my hardware because I used babyproofing clips that went over the hardware.
The clips scratched against the paint and over time caused small chips.
I recommend using baby proofing hooks that go inside your cabinet doors to prevent nicks in the paint.
Included in The Rust-oleum Cabinet Kit:
- How to DVD
- Instruction pamphlet
- Rustoleum Cabinet Paint – Bond Coat (Tintable paint)
- Scrub pads
- Stir sticks
- Protective Top Coat
- Decorative Glazing cloths
- Decorative Glaze (I skipped this optional step)
How to Use Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit
The Rust-oleum kit makes it easy to paint laminate kitchen cabinets white without sanding.
Before you start your project, make sure to read the common mistakes when painting cabinets listed above!
Even though I read the instructions and took my time with this project, I still made these mistakes when painting cabinets that I regret.
Label Cabinet Doors and Drawers
First prep your work area with drop cloths, painters tape, and remove all cabinets doors and drawers.
Label all cabinet doors and drawers with a post-it note, so you can easily hang the cabinets back up.
Also, label a plastic cup or bag to insert all of the hardware for each cabinet or drawer.
Then remove the cabinets and place all hardware in the label that matches the cup or bag.
Wipe down all surfaces of the cabinet, doors, and drawers with a damp soapy sponge.
After removing the soapy water from your cabinets, you can apply the deglosser.
The deglosser should be wiped on all surfaces that are going to be painted.
Then clean the cabinets with damp soapy water again before painting.
How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets White Without Sanding
If you are not using the deglosser included in the Rust-Oleum cabinet transformation kit, this is a good alternative.
You can paint kitchen cabinets without sanding, and they will hold up really well.
Just make sure to prep cabinets properly, so the paint will adhere correctly.
Why Can I Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding?
The Rust-Oleum cabinet transformation kit was designed, so you do not have to sand your cabinets.
I did not sand my cabinets before painting them with the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Kit, and they are holding up nicely.
Krud Kutter removes grease, mildew, stains, and lightly etches the cabinet surface to prep for painting.
My cabinets held up great, but I did get a couple small chips from baby proofing.
Here are a few tips and tricks to fix your cabinets, if your painted cabinets chip!
How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets White
Once the cabinets have dried from prepping them, you can brush or roll on the first coat of the Rustoleum Cabinet Paint (bond coat).
First apply the Rustoleum cabinet paint with an angled brush into all areas that the roller cannot reach.
Then use this roller to blend the bond coat over the entire surface for a super smooth finish.
How to Paint Laminate Cabinets with Rustoleum Cabinet Paint
Wait at least a couple hours in between each coat of Rustoleum cabinet paint, so it soaks into the cabinets.
I applied all paint to the front surface of the cabinets before flipping the cabinets and working on the back.
One of the common mistakes when painting is not letting the cabinet paint fully cure.
The Rustoleum cabinet paint (bond coat) might feel dry to the touch, but cabinets are not fully cured.
So, I recommend waiting at least 12 hours before flipping the cabinets over to paint the other side.
If you do not wait this long because you want to get this project done, you can use painter’s pyramids.
Painter pyramids prop up cabinet doors, so you can paint both sides of the cabinet even if it is not dry.
Inside View of Painted Cabinets
I chose not to paint inside the cabinets because I thought it looked fine as is with the natural wood tone.
Even if it didn’t look that great, I think I would have been too lazy to paint the inside of all of the cabinets.
How to Apply Top Coat to Painted White Cabinets
After the cabinets have completely dried, you can begin applying the final protective top coat.
To apply the protective top coat, I used an angled brush for a smooth painted cabinet.
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, make sure to use a thin layer of clear coat on your painted cabinets.
Think of painting your cabinets like you would paint your fingernails.
You do not want a thick layer of nail polish and clear coat on your nails or they will be smudged instantly.
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 a Wood Grain Filler.
Applying Wood Filler
The wood filler should be applied to the grain on cabinets just like you would apply spackle to a wall.
Lightly smooth the Wood Grain Filler, over the surface then scrape away any excess.
Once the filler has dried, lightly sand the surface to prep for painting.
Do Not Forget to Replace Cabinet Bumpers!
After I finished applying the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit, I placed bumpers on the back of cabinet doors and the doors.
The cabinet bumpers protect the cabinets, while allowing the doors and drawers to close softer.
Do not forget to replace cabinet bumpers after finishing your project!
Updating Hardware for Cabinets and Drawers
Updating existing handles and hinges can make a huge difference in your kitchen!
Make sure to measure before purchasing new hardware.
Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations
A reader followed all of our tips and she loves how her Rustoleum cabinet transformation turned out!
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 or you will not have smooth painted cabinets.
A thick layer of clear coat will dry in the grooves of the cabinet doors, and may leave drips.
The drips of clear coat 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 Cabinets
Grease and smoke from cooking may make white cabinets appear slightly yellow.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or brushes to clean painted cabinets.
To clean the cabinets simply use dish soap mixed with water and a cloth or sponge.
A toothbrush can also be helpful to clean the grooves of the cabinet doors.
Gently wipe down each cabinet door one by one with the soapy water then dry each cabinet after it has been cleaned.
Items Required to Clean Painted Cabinets:
How My Painted Kitchen Cabinets Are Holding Up
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 drives cars along the cabinets.
There were a couple of small nicks in the paint, so I followed these tips to touch up the paint.
I am really happy with how my cabinets turned out, and I highly recommend this Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit.
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!
We typically respond with 24 hours or less, if you should have any questions or concerns during project!
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