Labor Day weekend 2011, we decided to re-do the kitchen. We read the product literature from Rust-Oleum as well as several blogs. Living in our home for almost seven years, it was time for a kitchen facelift. But Rust-Oleum Cabinet and Countertop Transformation Kits versus a full replacement of all cabinets and countertops? Would it work? Would our kitchen look worse?
We are not risk adverse. We thought if it didn’t work, we could always do a “real” re-do of the kitchen. We planned our weekend in advance. Here’s what we wanted to accomplish over the four day weekend:
- Complete the kitchen cabinets with the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit
- Complete the countertops with the Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformation Kit
- Repaint the kitchen to complement the Rust-Oleum Cabinet and Countertop Transformation Kits
- Start Friday afternoon and finish Monday afternoon.
For the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit, we chose Meadow. And for the Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformation Kit, we chose Charcoal. As pointed out in the video, the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation Kit was the easiest of the two. Cleaning the cabinets well before de-glossing is the key to a great finished product. The Rust-Countertop Transformation Kit is a bit more challenging, but doable. I recommend viewing Rust-Oleum’s enclosed DVD that comes with each kit at least three times before starting. Have your plan of attack and consumable items (e.g. rollers, brushes, drop cloths) on hand before you start. Further, I recommend that you review the next step in the DVD before starting it.
Who can benefit from the Rust-Oleum Cabinet and Countertop Transformation Kits? In tight economic times these kits can help when you:
- Need to sell a house that requires a kitchen facelift.
- Flip a house, but don’t want to put much into it.
- Are living in your home, but don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars in new cabinets and countertops.
We’d be interested in your experience. Please post your comments at the bottom of this article.