A few weeks ago I posted my kitchen plans, paint the top cabinets white and the bottom cabinets gray. I purchased two Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kits a few months ago and couldn’t wait to get started. This is not my first rodeo with painting cabinets or wood for that matter. You can read about how I painted our oak trim white and also our powder room vanity, both of which have held up really well.
Before I started painting, I made sure I watched the DVD that came with the kit, removed all my cabinet doors, hardware and hinges, labeled all the doors and corresponding hardware in baggies, filled in the holes where my hardware was located and then sanded the filler down. I washed and scrubbed my cabinets and frames with soap and water. I then deglossed them vigorously, scrubbing until my hands ached and would lock up, making sure I did this step correctly as it is the most important step in the process so that your paint “bonds” to the wood. I wiped them down with the lint free cloths I purchased just for this project. I dried them and did everything exactly as it was laid out in the directions.
Next was setting up a spot for the cabinet doors to rest on while they were being painted. My husband made me stripes of plywood with screws in them to set the cabinets on, this was so helpful!
I painted the first coat of bond paint on with my Purdy brush that I love and have used on my trim and doors with great results along with a foam roller for cabinets. The first coat went on ok and I figured after another coat it would look better. I rolled it on first but it was really bubbly looking so I went over it with my brush after rolling.
The kit says you only need two coats of the bond coat but I wasn’t loving the look so I thought I’d do three. While three was better it still wasn’t the look I was going for. The paint looks streaky and not uniform. After reading online a bit more, it seems that this happens with the lighter kits and that is why the glaze is recommended, to hide the inconsistency of the paint.
It’s hard to see on the computer screen but I did have a friend come over today and she confirmed that the cabinets definitely are streaky looking and I’m not crazy. Ok well she didn’t say I wasn’t crazy, just the cabinets are for sure streaky looking and need more paint.
If the streaking wasn’t fun enough, I then discovered that the bond coat apparently hasn’t bonded properly as I could very easily peel off the paint from the cabinet.
Now I”m not sure where to go with the cabinets from here. Do I need to sand them all down and start over? If I do I will definitely be following the Young House Love tutorial and using my beloved Benjamin Moore paint.
Can I just paint over the bond coat with maybe my Ace Cabinet and Trim Paint? This could work but now that the bond coat is peeling off I am worried I’ll just be putting a bandage over a really big gaping wound that will soon burst it’s infection all over in my kitchen.
I’m going to wait a few days and see if the bond coat “cures” and if it doesn’t then I will be sanding them all down and starting over.
After talking with a few people it seems that the darker kits work well and maybe it’s the lighter kits when you don’t use the glaze that are not working out so well. Rustoleum did back their product and gave me a 100% refund on my purchase.
I ended up sanding down the cabinets especially in areas where it was peeling, I went with my trusty Zinsser primer and then the Ace Cabinet, Trim & Door Paint. They have held up well to four kids and two dogs, countless gatherings here and the daily wear and tear from being used. You can see more of the kitchen with the chalkboard subway tile backsplash and my gray cabinets in this post, I’ve since updated my kitchen.
You can read more on my updated kitchen, including all white cabinets and my sharpie marker herringbone backsplash.
Have you used Cabinet Transformations? Did you like it? Have you painted your cabinets the old fashioned way? I’m curious to hear about your experiences!