Last week Matt reminded me that it had been a year since we had refinished our kitchen cabinets with the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit. (See our review and before and after photos.) Two thoughts went through my head: one, it’s held up well and looks good; and two, I’m glad I don’t have to do a large project like that for a while!
I thought I would update my review for those considering the product. It’s turned into one of our most popular posts to date and I’m glad people have found it to be an honest and comprehensive review. (I’m not comped in any way for this or past review. I was interested in the product and wanted to share my experience for other people to decide for themselves if it was something they wanted to do.)
In all, we are pleased with the final product. The color hasn’t faded, the top coat seems to have stayed true, and we get compliments on it all the time. Unlike the cabinets I have refinished with traditional paint, they don’t stick. The only sign of wear is on the edge of our cutting board (see below), but we expected it since we use and scrub that area almost daily. When closed, you don’t see any of the wear.
Previously we had no hardware on our cabinets, but adding them has updated the cabinets as well as (I believe) preserved the finish since our messy hands don’t come in contact with the finish. For the money spent, it really did bring a cost-effective update to our home.
The question is, would I do it again? The answer is probably not. If I were doing light colored cabinets and I wanted a glaze, I would be more likely to consider it. I also would likely skip removing the doors and paint carefully, since I’ve read that others have had success in this and it would cut down on total project time.
Does my reluctance to use this product again mean this kit is bad? No. The quality is good, but there seems to be a perception that it is some magic non-paint product or has some special chemical composition. It’s just your standard deglosser, paint, glaze and topcoat, with stir sticks, cloths, etc. For me, I feel comfortable in the paint department and the hardware store in general, so I would rather have more control over the amount of each item we bought. For someone else who doesn’t feel comfortable, this kit would probably come in handy. I imagine the cost could have been lower for us mostly since we didn’t use the glaze, stir sticks are free and we found the cloths (used for glazing) to be low quality (linty).
I’m curious to know your experiences with the product or with painting your kitchen cabinets. What did you think? Would you do it again?