Cheap Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

Cabinets are at the top of the list for any kitchen remodel but there are ways to dramatically change their look without investing in the time and cost of new cabinets. Refacing and resurfacing kitchen cabinets are the next level down but require some know-how and a lot of effort to do it correctly.

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Rust-Oleum has now created a third option which involves refinishing your cabinets but in a way that requires less money and energy than painting. The cabinet transformation kits from Rust-Oleum are available in two sizes, 100 sqft coverage for $80 and 200 sqft of cabinet coverage for $150.

“Cabinet Transformations gives homeowners the power to transform their kitchen without the expense of buying new cabinets or hiring a contractor,” says Rust-Oleum senior brand manager Ashley Lehrmann. “Plus it eliminates the mess and lengthy downtime associated with cabinet replacement or refacing.”

We tested this cheap kitchen cabinet refinishing option while visiting with the Rust-Oleum folks in New Orleans and we can attest to the simplicity of the process. Decide for yourself if you like the final results but we’ve outlined the basic steps it takes to use their cabinet transformation system below.

How to Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinets

Step 1: Clean and degloss the surface with the Cabinet Transformations Deglosser and Scrub Pad.

Step 2: Apply the Cabinet Transformations Bond Coat.

Step 3: As an optional step, apply Cabinet Transformations Decorative Glaze.

Step 4: Apply the Cabinet Transformations Protective Top Coat. It’s really that simple!

Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Cabinet Transformations is available in 70 different color combinations, including Espresso, Cabernet and Toasted Almond.

Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations


What’s Included?
The beauty of this system is that everything needed is included in the kit and there are a few additional items you’ll need such as brushes and drop clothes and many people already have those on hand.

The Cabinet Transformations kit comes complete with Deglosser, Scrub Pad, Bond Coat, Decorative Glaze, Glazing Cloth, Protective Top Coat and Stir Sticks. It also includes step-by-step instructions (in both English and Spanish) and an instructional DVD to make the cabinet refinishing project even easier.


Final Results
Rust-Oleum claims that the finish will provide superior stain and scratch resistance as well as topnotch durability to resist scuffing, cracking, chipping and peeling. It should also handle non-abrasive household cleaners.

Cabinet Transformations is backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. A dedicated Product Support line is also available for assistance with projects, if needed.

Where to Buy
These are available at Lowes and Home Depot and will be shipped to select Ace Hardwares and Menards. For more information visit the Rust-Oleum Transformations website.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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    Does this work on the siding of cabinets that might not be wood, but have a laminate type of finish?

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