How I Refinished my Kitchen Cabinets for Under $65

My husband and I just bought a house! When we were looking for a home, we were looking for a renovation. The house we ended up buying was in move in condition but, wasn’t our tastes! My first project was the kitchen, I hated that kitchen.

Our Kitchen Before

 I knew for sure I wanted mint walls, that was about all I knew. I tossed around antique white cabinets, wood counters, wood floors , if you can think of it I considered it! We ended up deciding on espresso cabinets! I contemplated whether or not to get everything on it’s own or the just buy the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kit. I eventually decided on just getting the kit however, you could really do this either way!

After Painting my Mint Walls and Removing Wall Paper!


What You’ll Need (With the Kit, Which I recommend) :

  • Rustoleum Kit Tinted to your color of choice
  • Drop Cloth
  • Degreaser (Optional)
  • Foam and/or Synthetic brushes
  • Gloves

Without Kit:

  • Matte or Satin base color of choice
  • Degreaser
  • Scrub Sponges
  • Foam and/or Synthetic Brushes
  • Gloves
  • Polyurethane
  • Decorative  Glaze (Optional)
  • Lint Free Glazing Clothes (Optional)
  • Fine grit Sandpaper
  • Drop Cloth

I started off by giving my cabinets a good cleaning with some Simple Green degreaser, if you’re using the kit you can skip this step since the deglosser (Included in kit) will do just fine. My cabinets were especially gross so I went the extra mile! After cleaning with the simple green (Use a scrub pad if you’re forgoing the kit), I wiped them down with a damp rag for good measure! Then My husband then removed all of the cabinet doors for me. I elected to leave the drawers in. You could take the drawers out if you want to! However, I choose to be lazy since I didn’t feel like emptying all of them! Moving on to the Deglosser, which is the first step in the kit.

Getting Ready to Degloss!

This stuff is powerful so wear gloves! I did all of my deglossing in my sun room with all the windows open, I honestly didn’t find it to have to harsh of a smell though! Take one of you scrubby pads (Included) and begin deglossing your cabinets! It’s a fairly simple process, just scrub on the deglosser then wipe off with a damp rag until you’re sure all of the residue is gone! If you’re planning on painting the backs as well, go ahead and scrub them too. After deglossing, you move on to the base coat. If you’re not using the kit I recommend lightly sanding with a fine grit sandpaper first! I used foam brushes to apply the base coat, but it’s really a personal preference.

After the first layer of Base Coat

I went through so many foam brushes, I’m pretty sure the workers in my local hardware stores are now referring to me as “The Crazy Foam Brush Lady.” I only needed two coats, but fair warning after the first coat, the cabinets look a little crazy. Don’t loose hope! It will all work out! I promise! After your base coat or coats dry you have the option move on to glazing. Glazing will make your cabinets slightly darker, it really wasn’t to noticeable on mine. At the bottom I’ve included a picture from Rustoleum that depicts these differences well. The rule of thumb is the darker the cabinet, the less noticeable the glaze. The base coat basically is matte paint, so the glaze does add a little dimension, which is why I choose to do it. That being said, glazing is a pain in the as*. Hey, just being honest! First you paint on the glaze, I used foam brushes again, then you wipe it off with a lint free cloth (Included in kit). This process is messy so wear gloves. I did, but gave up on them about 2 cabinets in! My hands were stained for quite a while! If I was doing this again I would choose to do the glaze! Next is the poly, this is probably the one step I would say I’m a little disappointed in. I found the particular poly included in the kit to be hard to work with and very temperamental. I would recommend going to the store and picking up some little sample cans to test! This way you can get an idea of what you like and what you don’t! That being said, I tried many different approaches with this poly, the one I liked best was using a roller(Not Included) to disperse the poly then backbrushing it quickly to ensure each cabinet had the same amount. I did about three coats, you could only do one, but I wanted the cabinets on shiner side. After putting all of the doors back on, I finished off my cabinet project by spay painting the handles silver! All in all I love the cabinets, and think they fit the space well! They are easy to clean, and seem to be holding up very well. The only thing I may do to them in the future is purchase so new handles, and add some to the drawers. I hope this helped you out! The Finished Product!

Before and After!


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If you have any question feel free to email me. Stay tuned for my up coming posts: How I Redid my counter tops for $70, DIY Tile, Wallpaper Removing tips, and a ton of Christmas DIYS

*I am not sponsored by Rustoleum. These are my honest opinions about this product.*