Cabinet Reformation

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Project by Kumasan79 posted 02-01-2013 03:29 AM 2820 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some friends had solid oak cabinets that were quite trendy in the mid ‘70’s.
They didn’t want to just tear out perfectly good cabinets, but hoped we could update them.
We found a product that has a basic 4 step process for refinishing.
1. Clean and prep.
2. Apply a basecoat.
3. Apply a glaze to bring out the graining.
4. Apply a sealer for durability.

The hinges and knobs were also replaced and a new tile backsplash was installed.

One of the great things that you can see is the kitchen was still able to be used during the transformation.

Each step took about a day and you can see what a difference it made.

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#1 posted 02-01-2013 01:06 PM

Very nice – What was the product if you don’t mind me asking? I did a reface job on the side last year for a freind, and vowed then and there to NEVER do it again. I hated working with the veneer and contact cement. Had I known about this, I may have gone this route instead. Nice job!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 02:59 PM

Very nice. All that’s missing is the expensive granite countertops. :)
Quite the transformation from the dark kitchen.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 03:07 PM

Thanks for the kind words. The product was Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation. Going in I was a bit skeptical, but you can see that it exceeded expectations.

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 03:11 PM

you should do a review. I have laughed at that stuff before. let us know how it’s holdin up

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 06:31 PM

This turned out very well it really brightened up the kitchen.


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#6 posted 02-01-2013 07:35 PM

I used the same product in the rehab of my kitchen. Absolutely loved the final product – yours looks great too. I used the antique red which looks good with my wife’s rustic country decorating style. beats the heck out of sanding and refinishing. Wish I would have taken good before and after pics like you did. I’ll see if I can find something and post later.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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