BIG surprise in a little kit!

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Review by Kumasan79 posted 02-02-2013 05:55 PM 5462 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
BIG surprise in a little kit! BIG surprise in a little kit! BIG surprise in a little kit! Click the pictures to enlarge them

Some friends wanted to update their kitchen by refinishing their oak cabinets.
They asked me about the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation product.
To say the least I was skeptical and nervous.
I didn’t want to “paint” over good solid oak.
I didn’t want to mess up their cabinets.
But they were willing to give it a try and my motto is “You live here so what you say is what you get.”
They picked their color and off we went.

The system itself is very easy if you have experience painting and a little patience.
1. Use the included deglosser to clean and prep the surfaces.
2. Apply Bond coat which is a paint product.
3. Apply optional glaze coat.
4. Apply protective top coat.

Bada Bing! Done.

The product had great workability and the results exceeded all expectations.
It’s been about a year and no chips or nicks have showed up.
Based on ease of use, color options, finished look and durability, this product gets 5 stars and a whole hearted two thumbs up.

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 07:46 PM

My wife has been wanting to do the same thing, but like you were, I’m skeptical. It’s good to see that this product seems to do what it says. Thanks for the review

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#2 posted 02-03-2013 03:44 AM

You did a great job of “Transforming” that kitchen!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 02:42 PM

No one needs to buy a kit to do this – it’s really just good marketing. We did this all the time in the 70’s on flat steel doors and old plywood or steel cabinets when I was a college painter. Prime, paint basecoat, apply stain with cheesecloth, dry brush, one of those rubber graining tools or a feather, and varnish. Good thing about the kit is what you see on the sample at the store is what you get.

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#4 posted 02-03-2013 03:57 PM

Do you have a before picture by any chance?

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 06:38 PM

@ Pat. Before, during and after photos are included on the project page.

@ dhazelton. Since not everyone spent a summer painting for Collegepro in the ‘70s the kit is a very good option. You are right that what you see is what you get because Rustoleum has put it all together, done the testing and created the formulas… To my knowledge (which is limited at best) they are the only company to do it and you don’t have to create a few samples or mix what you got laying around.

A second consideration is price.
-1 qt of quality base paint $15-$20
-1 pint of stain $5-$10
-1 qt of varnish $15
-Deglosser $10
-Cheescloth and scrubbing pads easily another $10

Now we paid $59.00 and didn’t need a checklist nor did we have to worry about the other considerations.
For that convenience it was well worth it.

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