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Refinishing F.R.Cabinets

I was recently given a kit of the Rust Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit from Rust Oleum to try. I had never tried this particular product,  and was very interested in seeing how well it works. this is what comes in the kit:

Small kit covers 100 sq. ft., large kit covers 200 sq. ft.

If you remember…I painted my kitchen cabinets and added trim….here is the link: https://wordpress.com/post/kelleysdiy.com/8832. When I had done the kitchen, there was a lot of sanding. What caught my  eye about this product was that your cabinets don’t have to be sanded prior to using painting…

So…before I get started…this is what the cabinets looked like before:



Dark and gloomy. I started out by taking off all the cabinet doors. Remove all the knobs and hardware. If your going to reuse them, just clean and put in a container. You can even use Rustoleum spray paint to spray the hinges a different color. Place them in some styrofoam to keep them in place while spraying.51748-img_0774-syadqo3zhxpfsg-thumbnail-full

But even if you are going to throw them out, keep one of the hinges so you can use the same kind.  If you are doing a larger area, draw a sketch of your cabinets. Number the cabinets on the sketch, and mark the cabinets with coordinating number. As you can see below, I marked each door on the inside area where the hinge was. This way, you don’t have to paint that area, and the numbers will help you remember which went where.


Preparation is the key…as in most refinishing projects.I used Painters Tape to protect other surfaces. the insides of the cabinet were dark like the outside. I painted the insides with 2 coats of white paint. Be sure it’s dry before adding 2nd coat.



It’s starting to look better already! I am going to be fixing the counter top you see above. But, that’s another day.The first step is to clean and degloss the wood. You can see mine has a lot of shine to them. I cleaned the cabinets with soap and water. Let Dry. The next step is to use the Deglosser  (It comes with the kit). The deglosser strips off that shine, so the paint can absorb into the wood. I thought this was going to be a messy job…but it wasn’t. Be sure to wear gloves,and add deglosser to the scrub pad (which is provided ). You then wipe the wood going along the grain of the wood. It’s so easy.dscn4236

Then you take a clean damp cloth and wipe off the deglosser. I was really impressed with this product..it took all the shine off the cabinets without having to scrub hard, or sand. This is what they look like when deglossed:


When you purchase the kit, you chose light, medium , or dark tint kit.  I chose the light tint. It covers colors from white to a light grey. I chose the Winter Fog.



So here is before…



and after, with 2 coats of the Rust Oleum paint and 2 coats of the topcoat.


I am trying to decide if I want to put on the molding as I did on the kitchen cabinets. I did decide not to use the glaze that comes with it, so I applied the topcoat. It would look so pretty, but I’m not going for that look in here. So more will come. I will be adding on to this tutorial…so come back.

I would love to see pictures when your done!!!!!

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23 thoughts on “Refinishing F.R.Cabinets”

      1. I’m find, Linda! I visited my granddaughters twice. Once in August and once early this month. We’re going back for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Did you move? 🙂


      2. Yes I did. I used plastic painter sheets. I hung them up from the ceiling at the opening of the craft room door and to close off the dining and living I used two sheets so I can enter and exit. The plastic sheets kept the rest of the house free of everything floating around. Especially when I was doing the counters. I taped sheets over my lower cabinets and appliances when I did the counters.
        Sheets are the answer Miriam!! They are cheap and you can find at the dollar store. If your messy like me, put one on the floor too. If your painting and need a break you can put the roller pan, roller, paint brush, and any paint thats open in the fridge wrapped in a plastic grocery bag. Keeps the paint fresh, and you can take a break.
        Having the sheets up keeps dog/cat hair all the little lint that floats around off your fresh paint.


      3. Good idea, Linda. We’re pretty much done with remodeling indoor. We did it over 20 years, one thing at a time. We mostly hired people to do it. My husband did the last painting upstairs 3 years ago.

        We remodeled the kitchen, did tile and carpet floor, replaced all the windows and doors, and bathrooms upstairs and downstairs. We did it when we have money to pay cash, so we didn’t have to get a loan.

        So I guess you’d stay where you are then. Sometimes it’s easier. I can’t imagine moving right now. It would be overwhelming.


      4. Wow, I bet your home looks amazing! That’s what I did on the first, I did what I could with the cash I had. No debt. That is the smart way!
        My plan was to work hard to flip houses for 4 years. This last house I moved in May this year. Don’t get me wrong, it was tough, I lived in the houses while remodeling. Packing and unpacking, wasn’t fun, but I am selling this one in a couple of months. Then my forever home…free and clear Wish I would have done this years ago.


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