UPDATE: Rustoleum refunded me my money for the kit and I sanded down the areas that were peeling off, primed and painted over the peeled areas as well as all the top cabinets that were already painted with Rustoleum again with the Ace Cabinet, Trim & Door Paint. The lower cabinets I primed and then painted with the Ace paint in Desert Twilight, no sanding, just washing them down well beforehand. The cabinets are holding up really well, no chipping or streaking or peeling. You can see a photo of my kitchen since I’ve painted it with the Ace Paint.
I am familiar with painting oak and cabinets for those of you who maybe questioning my painting experience or accusing me of bad prep, etc. I painted our bathroom vanity , our oak trim and mantel and of course our kitchen which has turned out beautifully with the Ace Cabinet Paint. All of the items I have painted are holding up well to 4 kids and 2 dogs in a busy house. Thank you to all of you who have had the same problems, it appears that the light kits are causing some problems for people but the dark kits are doing well for everyone. Not everyone is having a bad experience with the light kits, some of you have used the kits and they’ve turned out great and I”m very happy for you. You can read below my original post about the problems I experienced with the Rustoleum Kit.
A few weeks ago I posted my kitchen plans, paint the top cabinets white and the bottom cabinets gray. I purchased two Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kits a few months ago and couldn’t wait to get started.
I watched the DVD, removed all my cabinet doors, hardware and hinges, labeled all the doors and corresponding hardware in baggies, filled in the holes where my hardware was located and then sanded the filler down. I washed and scrubbed my cabinets and frames with soap and water. I then deglossed them vigorously, scrubbing until my hands ached and would lock up, making sure I did this step correctly as it is the most important step in the process so that your paint “bonds” to the wood. I wiped them down with the lint free cloths I purchased just for this project. I dried them and did everything exactly as it was laid out in the directions.
Next was setting up a spot for the cabinet doors to rest on while they were being painted.
I painted the first coat of bond paint on with my Purdy brush that I love and have used on my trim and doors with great results. The first coat went on ok and I figured after another coat it would look better.
The kit says you only need two coats of the bond coat but I wasn’t loving the look so I thought I’d do three. While three was better it still wasn’t the look I was going for. The paint looks streaky and not uniform. After reading online a bit more, it seems that this happens with the lighter kits and that is why the glaze is recommended, to hide the inconsistency of the paint.
It’s hard to see on the computer screen but I did have a friend come over today and she confirmed that the cabinets definitely are streaky looking and I’m not crazy. Ok well she didn’t say I wasn’t crazy, just the cabinets are for sure streaky looking and need more paint.
If the streaking wasn’t fun enough, I then discovered that the bond coat apparently hasn’t bonded properly as I could very easily peel off the paint from the cabinet.
Now I”m not sure where to go with the cabinets from here. Do I need to sand them all down and start over? If I do I will definitely be following the Young House Love tutorial and using my beloved Benjamin Moore paint.
Can I just paint over the bond coat with maybe my Ace Cabinet and Trim Paint? This could work but now that the bond coat is peeling off I am worried I’ll just be putting a bandage over a really big gaping wound that will soon burst it’s infection all over in my kitchen.
I’m going to wait a few days and see if the bond coat “cures” and if it doesn’t then I will be sanding them all down and starting over. The next few days are going to be busy around here, Our daughter E is having her birthday party on Saturday and then we are having our friends that are pretty much our family sleep over Sunday night. Oh yes, and we are going to try and get the pool up and filled this weekend too.
We leave in a few weeks for the Blogging Conference and our first big family vacation and I’d love to have the cabinets done before we leave but I’m not sure if that is even a realistic goal at this point. Sorry for the downer post, I know a few of you have already purchased your RustoleumCabinet Transformation kits, maybe you’ll have better luck than I did. I am still waiting to hear back from Rustoleum on this and they are 100% satisfaction guranteed, which is nice. After talking with a few people it seems that the darker kits work well and maybe it’s the lighter kits when you don’t use the glaze that are not working out so well.
Have you used Cabinet Transformations? Did you like it? Have you painted your cabinets the old fashioned way? I’m curious to hear about your experiences!