The much anticipated kitchen cabinet reveal! It is not a full “kitchen reveal” – this post is all about the cabinets. The kitchen is still a work in progress – the counter guys come measure today and install next Friday (wahoo!!) – we ended going with Quartz and I’m pretty excited about our choice. The pulls/handles are on order, 3 weeks out. And we have some big decisions to make on backsplash tile and lighting. So when all that happens, I’ll take lots of great pictures.
UPDATE: find our full DIY Kitchen reveal here.
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Painted Kitchen Cabinets
But for now, the cabinets!! First let me warn you – if you are one of those who are against painting over wood (I know there are lots of you out there) then you might just want to stop reading right now, cause that’s what I did…
I was sent a Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit – so big thanks to Rustoleum. I would highly recommend the kit! We used the kit color “Castle”, which is a perfect gray.
–deglaze for your cabinets (so there’s NO SANDING!)
–the base color
–top protective coat
–rags and scrubbies
(you do need your own paint brushes and drop cloths)
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Once again, BEFORE:
First remove all the doors and hinges. (You never realize how many cabinets you have until all the doors are spread out!) It helps to keep track of which doors go on which cabinets, for when you reattach them.
The next step is to CLEAN THE CABINETS. Wipe them down so they’re ready to go.
Now it’s time to deglaze. You deglaze them with the special cleaner provided.
Preparation Timeline: I spent one day removing all the doors, one day washing all the doors, and one day deglazing all the doors (with help from my sister-in-law! it goes so much faster when you have someone to yap to while you’re working).
I was on a roll. If I would have stayed focused, I think I could have had the whole thing done in a week. After deglazing you paint on 2 coats of base color. So maybe a day each coat. Then a day to do the glaze and a day to do the protective topcoat. But I wasn’t focused, so it took me a while!
DIY Kitchen Upgrades
We added a few upgrades to our kitchen as we went. Like the AMAZING drawer built into the dead space under your cabinet – genius idea found on Family HandyMan.
He also pried off the fake drawer front that’s in front of the sink, added hinges, and made a little tilt-out box for it – that’s super fun:
And where we used to have a cooktop, he pried that fake drawer front off and made it an actual drawer. It’s my favorite drawer and has lots of built-in dividers. He was great to involve the kids in the building:
Glazing Kitchen Cabinets
The Rustoleum kit comes with a glaze coat – you could skip that step if you wanted, but I think it’s worth doing. The glaze adds so much depth and gives the cabinets a more high-end look. I talk all about the glaze in this Kitchen Preview Post. For a comparison, glazed on the left, unglazed on the right.
How to Glaze Kitchen Cabinets
I was a little nervous about the glazing step because I haven’t really done any glazing, but it wasn’t hard at all. First you brush on the glaze all over. Then you use a rag and wipe off the glaze. It will leave behind some glaze, and that’s the look – it settles into your wood grain and cabinet details. Don’t forget to glaze the back of your cabinet doors as well.
Tip: when glazing, do it all within a couple of days. Have one person do the glazing – everyone will have a slightly different hold and pressure. Because I glazed all the bases before vacation, then came back a couple of weeks later and did all the doors. Well, I had a different hold on the rag and didn’t even know it. So the bases in this one section are lighter (I wiped off more glaze) then the doors (when I was in the mode to leave on a little more glaze). I fixed everywhere but here by adding another light layer of glaze, but I wanted to show you the difference:
Some side-by-side pics for ya:
DIY Open Shelving in Kitchen
With our upper cabinets I decided to make the middle section open shelving. I like the visual variety it add to the kitchen.
Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations, Painted Cabinet Review
I am LOVING my cabinets. The Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation kits run about $80. (My neighbor just got a bid to repaint her cabinets, for $3,500 – what!?!) Think of all the money you’ll save painting your own cabinets instead of hiring it out or getting new cabinets.
–I LOVED the kit because it did all the thinking for me – I didn’t have to figure out what gloss or what sealer or what color – it just all came in one box. So perfect.
–I used 1 large kit – I thought I would need 2 because of the open shelving spots but the 1 kit really went a long way. To give you an idea on size, it came with 1 gallon of gray paint.
–Great instructional video, so even a beginner can give this a try.
It does take work, but it’s not hard. Just involved. You Can Do It!!