Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformations Review

Earlier this week I shared with you my little brother’s painted kitchen.

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We used Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformation kit in Linen.


via Rust-Oleum

The kit contains a deglosser, bond coat, decorative glaze, and a protective top coat.

Here’s our thoughts.

My brother was in charge of using the deglosser. 


We were only slightly worried…

He scrubbed down all of the cabinet doors before we arrived.  It was hard to tell if the deglosser was really doing anything.  The paint adhered well so we’re assuming it did what it was supposed to do.  The deglossing step was time consuming but cleaner than sanding.

The bond coat is a primer and paint in 1.  The kit recommends two coats.  My brother’s cabinets needed three coats (as did many other reviews that I read).  Two coats covered okay-ish.  You could get by with two but three looked a lot better.  The extra coat isn’t a huge problem other than you need to consider that when calculating the amount of paint needed.  My brother purchased the small kit.  It wasn’t enough to cover his kitchen in 3 coats.  We ended up using a stain blocking primer from Sherwin Williams for the fronts of the cabinets followed by two coats of the base coat.

The base coat adhered well and went on very smoothly.

We skipped the glaze step because this wasn’t the look brother was going for.  The instructions stated to use a brush to apply the base coat because it approves the appearance of the glaze.  We decided to be rebels and try using a mini-roller beings we weren’t going to use the glaze.  The paint bubbled with the mini-roller so we went ahead with brushes.  It never pays to be a rebel.


(My mom worries about me.)

The protective top coat was easy to apply.  This step was definitely the quickest.  Just brush the solution on evenly and you’re done.

Overall, we thought the kit worked well.  My brother had a couple of small yellow spots show through on the cabinet fronts.  We tried using a latex primer on them and it did nothing.  Next step is some oil based primer.  The paint adhered well and was easy to work with.  One of the downfalls is that you have to purchase another kit if you are short on paint.  No bueno.  We would use this kit again…but I really hope we don’t have more kitchens to paint in our future!

Have you tried this kit?  Any cabinet painting pros?  Who’s jealous of my sweet painting clothes?  Anyone want to date my brother?  Maybe I’ll do a giveaway for him. Bahahaha.

***I was in no way compensated for this post.  Rust-Oleum doesn’t know I exist.***


  1. I've used the kit and definitely agree that you need 3 coats, especially if you're doing the light colored kit. The dark colored kit seems to cover a little better. I think the bond coat is a little thinner than normal paint, which is why it doesn't cover quite as well.

    I dont like the protective coat. I think it has a tendency to drip a lot and those drips dry yellow, which is gross on white cabinets.

    Glad it went well for you!

  2. I've painted two kitchens and never used a kit. I didn't know they made them! I used oil primer and exterior latex paint. No issues to this day. That kits seems like a whole lotta work!

  3. The cabinets turned out beautifully! I'm so glad the kit worked out for you besides the yellow spots. I think your painting clothes look great. I often wear mine to the paint store if I need to match any colors, I figure I have enough swatches of color on them, they might as well be useful for something.

  4. You look like I do when I paint something - more paint on my clothes than the object I'm painting - LOL!

    1. Maybe that's why we needed 3 coats...hmmmm....

  5. Ha, I like your reply to Melanie ;)
    I was wondering about this kit. Eventually we are going to paint kitchen cabinets, and I still wondering if it is worth it to get the kit. Decisions...decisions...

  6. We didn't use a kit, just a plain ol' bucket of paint. But we also needed 3 coats of paint and primer in one. I sanded everything down ahead of time which took forever. SO FUN. And I used a mini roller. So there. Rebel FTW.

  7. I'd love to paint my cabinets, maybe I could just hire your family now that you are all pros!

  8. At least it sounds like it was a fast transformation. Definitely looks a million times better now!

  9. I am dying to paint my kitchen cabinets white, but am terrified of ruining them, as they really aren't bad, just not the color I want. This kit sounds great, but after doing my bathroom cabinets, and spending the whole week working on them, I think i will have to pass on the kitchen project, and save up to hire some one who has a clue what they are doing. Your brothers cabinets turned great, I can't see any yellow on them. You are such a sweet sis.

  10. **SOMETIMES it pays to be a rebel. (Said the girl who still hasn't learned her lesson.)

  11. I thought about getting this kit to paint our bathroom vanities and possibly our kitchen cabinets. I'm glad you liked it. I don't know how I feel about having to buy a whole new kit if a run out of paint because I almost always run out of paint. You and your dazzling FFA painting shirt are welcome to help me paint cabinets any day.

  12. My parents JUST helped us redo our kitchen with this same kit. We did use the glaze and over all are THRILLED with the results. I am so thankful we had help to do it - don't be fooled - this is not a quick fix.It took my folks 2.5 weeks to do our medium sized kitchen!!! (that would be 33 cabinet doors) we did the math before we started and bought 2 kits and have about a 1/2 left.

  13. I used the kit to paint my niece's 50 year old wood cabinets, expresso. I used 3 coats of the bond coat also, it just looked better. I glazed, looked good. The clear coat was a bear. Anyplace it bubbled, and it did, or was thicker, it dried white. On very dark brown. I had to retouch spots with all three coats! Frustrating! We had the small kit, used 3/4 of the bond coat, half the glaze and ALL the clear. Odd how that worked out.I'm not sure if I would use the kit again.


  14. We have been thinking about these kits to use for our kitchen. Thanks for the review!

  15. A give away for your brother. BAHAHAHAHAA!!

  16. We're glad that you enjoyed the kit and we think that the kitchen looks great!

    (See, we do know that you exist.)


  17. Nice post! I just finished my bathroom cabinets using the espresso color. I wrote up a how-to article with pictures and tips based on what I learned. I definitely am please with the results. What do you think of my new bathroom cabinets?

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