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Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations

It is now time to transform our builder grade oak cabinets. I recently discovered Rust-Oleum's Cabinet Transformation system and am so glad I did. I went to Home Depot the other day to talk to the great workers in the paint department and they raved about this product. I was planning on waiting until it got warmer here in Kansas before I tackled this project because I knew I was going to spend most of my time in the garage sanding and priming and priming and painting and glazing and painting and didn't want to freeze my butt off. I was so pleasantly surprised to learn that with the Rust-Oleum kit there is NO SANDING involved! Instead, they use a deglosser that you rub on the cabinets to get the existing sheen off. Here is how it works...

1. Apply Deglosser
2. Apply Bond Coat (great colors to choose from!)
3. Apply Glaze (optional)

It sounds easy enough to me, especially because the part I was dreading the most was sanding and the mess that it would have involved. 

I brought home the pamphlet and have it taped up to my cabinets. Every time I come into the kitchen I flip through it and hold up different colors to our cabinets, counters, walls, and am still trying to decide what color to go with. 

This is the state of our current kitchen...

Oak cabinets, hideous floor tile (will eventually be changed to something more neutral), white laminate countertop, white tile backsplash and white appliances, and one very outdated light fixture.

The reason I have chosen to update the cabinets is because my husband won't let me touch anything else in the kitchen (still working on the floor tile and am gaining some ground on will be changed, it is just a matter of time now). I am disappointed that he won't let me update our boring backsplash with something like this...

But have come to the realization that for resale in our neighborhood it might be over doing it. Honestly, just redoing the cabinets will give us the edge we need to be considered the best house in the neighborhood (I don't know if that is a good thing or not!).

Here are the options:

I've always wanted a white kitchen...

As you can see, the bright white makes my appliances looks dirty which is something I am scared of.

But these kitchens look beautiful! 


I am loving me some gray lately.

(Federal Gray)

My sister scared me when she said she thought this was purple.

Maybe a rich chocolate would bring some contrast to all the white.


I am considering some hardware like these:

Big decisions to be made, any input is appreciated!


  1. Hmmm...I am glad to know of this product. I think BIL and I might tackle painting my ILs cabinets this spring--and they DESPERATELY need it. What about sage green?? Would look nice with the countertops and the floor (until it gets changed)?

  2. I've been eyeing the Rust-Oleum paint for the cabinets and counter tops lately too and I'm having the same debate over the gray and white! I'm leaning towards gray so that stains don't show as much (though I've always loved a white kitchen).

    Good luck!

    (found your blog via the nest, btw)

  3. We have an all white kitchen and I love it! I don't think painting your cabinets white will make your appliances look dirty, I think it might just be the lighting in your photograph, however, I've found that using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can do wonders on your appliances and make them look brand new.

  4. Hi Bobi- I just purchased Kona from Rustoleum and am online searching for some before and after pics... I can't wait to see your finished product!

  5. Wow, I'm dying to try this in my own (boring) kitchen with this stuff. I want to try the countertop one too! I'm loving the white with silver look!

  6. We just finished our kitchen using this product. I have a review and some before/after pics on my blog. It was really easy to use (except the final step and I did not get along) and we are really happy with the results.

  7. I was just wondering if the lighter gray is the federal gray rustoleum transformations without the glaze?

  8. I am glad that you had success, but know that you MUST be sure about your color choice. Rustoleum will not sell you more of ANY parts of the kit. I bought the large kit in "Porcelain". I painted the inside of one of my cabinet doors and it just wasn't right with the rest of the kitchen (tile, wall color, etc.). I called Rustoleum and BEGGED them to sell me (SELL me, mind you, not give me for free) another can of the base and they WOULD NOT do it. They said I would have to buy an entire whole kit which costs $150.00. Further, the representative would not let me speak to anyone else or transfer me to anyone else in the company!!?? Sorry, but that is really poor customer service. The kit is very expensive in the first place, but their inflexibility to help you out is absurd. Even if I could afford another $150.00 kit (which I can't) I would never buy anything from them again. "Satisfaction Guaranteed" my foot.....


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