Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformations Review

Earlier this week I shared with you my little brother’s painted kitchen.

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We used Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformation kit in Linen.


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The kit contains a deglosser, bond coat, decorative glaze, and a protective top coat.

Here’s our thoughts.

My brother was in charge of using the deglosser. 


We were only slightly worried…

He scrubbed down all of the cabinet doors before we arrived.  It was hard to tell if the deglosser was really doing anything.  The paint adhered well so we’re assuming it did what it was supposed to do.  The deglossing step was time consuming but cleaner than sanding.

The bond coat is a primer and paint in 1.  The kit recommends two coats.  My brother’s cabinets needed three coats (as did many other reviews that I read).  Two coats covered okay-ish.  You could get by with two but three looked a lot better.  The extra coat isn’t a huge problem other than you need to consider that when calculating the amount of paint needed.  My brother purchased the small kit.  It wasn’t enough to cover his kitchen in 3 coats.  We ended up using a stain blocking primer from Sherwin Williams for the fronts of the cabinets followed by two coats of the base coat.

The base coat adhered well and went on very smoothly.

We skipped the glaze step because this wasn’t the look brother was going for.  The instructions stated to use a brush to apply the base coat because it approves the appearance of the glaze.  We decided to be rebels and try using a mini-roller beings we weren’t going to use the glaze.  The paint bubbled with the mini-roller so we went ahead with brushes.  It never pays to be a rebel.


(My mom worries about me.)

The protective top coat was easy to apply.  This step was definitely the quickest.  Just brush the solution on evenly and you’re done.

Overall, we thought the kit worked well.  My brother had a couple of small yellow spots show through on the cabinet fronts.  We tried using a latex primer on them and it did nothing.  Next step is some oil based primer.  The paint adhered well and was easy to work with.  One of the downfalls is that you have to purchase another kit if you are short on paint.  No bueno.  We would use this kit again…but I really hope we don’t have more kitchens to paint in our future!

Have you tried this kit?  Any cabinet painting pros?  Who’s jealous of my sweet painting clothes?  Anyone want to date my brother?  Maybe I’ll do a giveaway for him. Bahahaha.

***I was in no way compensated for this post.  Rust-Oleum doesn’t know I exist.***