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Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations

Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations is a innovative coating system that completely changes the look of old, worn cabinets into the look of beautiful hand-crafted cabinetryRestore your cabinets without the downtime or mess associated with cabinet replacement or refacingEasy to do with no stripping, no
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4.167 out of 5
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6 of 6(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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Customer Reviews for Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations
Review 1 for Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Location:Windsor, ON, Canada

Excellent results---use Minwax as topcoat*

Date:July 31, 2015
" I don't mind painting, but doing a project as big as this was really intimidating. In the end after watching many videos and reading lots of reviews, I decided to tackle this because I hated my bleached oak cabinets. I chose the "Chocolate" colour after initially wanting "Expresso" and I am so glad I did. I wanted a deep rich colour but always found the expresso colour to be almost black, so at the last minute, I changed to Chocolate. Absolutely LOVE the deep rich shade of the Chocolate!
Biggest tips: FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS TO A "T", AND DO NOT USE THE TOP COAT PROVIDED IN THE KIT, PURCHASE AN OIL-MODIFIED POLYURETHANE BY MINWAX (about $20) INSTEAD. MUCH EASIER TO WORK WITH AND AWESOME RESULTS.
Each of the first 3 steps are easy, just time consuming.
STEP 1: Scrub a lot. There is lots of deglosser in the kit but I would recommend purchasing extra pads. Be sure the cabinets and cupboards are clean and allow to dry overnight just to be sure. After this is done, I taped the cabinetry in kitchen to prep for all the painting. Take your time and tape everything that needs it, you will be thankful you took the time to do this step carefully. Organize your workspace with each cupboard just to get organized for days of painting.
STEP 2: Start with the back side, allow to dry 2-3 hours, and then apply 2nd coat on back. Allow 2-3 hours to dry, then flip and do front sides the same way. I opted to start with a light coat for Step 2 then apply a little thicker for the 2nd coat. Covered really well. Paint carefully, being sure to get good coverage, but watch for drips or buildup. Just take your time and allow them to dry overnight as well. (I have 25 cabinet doors and 8 drawers, so this step took me 2 days because I did the back first, then the front coats on a separate day).
STEP 3: Glazing was easy. I brushed it on with a synthetic brush, then only used one piece of the cloth per cupboard and wiped it off lightly. Each cupboard looked slightly different which only brought out the individual grain of each of my cupboards. (I only glazed the fronts of the cupboards and the cabinetry, did not bother with inside). I read a previous review that said no two doors should look identical, and I'm glad I caught that comment :)
STEP 4: TOP COAT. My biggest stressor based on so many reviews. So I went to a couple paint and hardware stores, asked questions and decided to go with "Minwax Oil-Modified Polyurethane" instead. What convinced me when was the clerk opened the Rustoleum top coat can and compared it to the Minwax. The Rustoleum top coat looked like a gel paste and was very thick---the Minwax was much thinner and looked easier to apply. Since so many reviews said the Rustoleum top coat dried streaky, was very difficult to apply and left a lot of buildup in the corners, I decided to try the Minwax and boy am I ever glad I did!! I didn't even try the Rustoleum top coat so I can't say whether it was as difficult as people say, but applying the Minwax was easy and did not leave streaks or buildup. I applied with a synthetic brush, started by applying strokes down the grain of the middle of the cabinet door and feathered out the remaining polyurethane which was minimal by the time I got to the corners. I checked after I finished each door and used a foam brush to touch up the slight buildup in the corners.....it worked like a charm! I cannot believe others haven't tried this and noted it in their reviews to save others the headache of using their topcoat. Once done the top coat, I allowed it to dry for 3 hours then applied another light coat again. It dried quick on the first coat, and even quicker on the 2nd. The other note on using Minwax, I left the stir stick in the quart and stirred after each cupboard. Do not ever shake the quart, only stir, but maybe that's why it went on so easy. I can't say enough how I would recommend spending the extra $20-$25 on Minwax as the topcoat. Again, I only applied top coat to fronts of cabinets and cabinetry, but you could also do a coat on inside of doors if you'd like.
FINAL PRODUCT: Now my cupboards have dried for almost 24 hours and look and feel awesome! Keep in mind, I used a dark colour (Chocolate to cover bleached oak) and had excellent results, but if you are going from dark cabinets to light, you might want to research more in case the Minwax might causes any yellowing. The whole process was 7 days (started on a Friday, hung them the next Thursday). My house was taken over by cupboards, but I kept reminding myself how important the kitchen area is and I opted to be real patient. Take your time and follow all the steps as they instruct. Watch the Youtube tutorial (it's about 16 mins long but well worth watching a few times to ensure you are doing it all right). Again, I skipped the Rustoleum top coat stuff and opted for Minwax. No regrets and truly ecstatic for the results!!! "
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Review 2 for Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations
Overall Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Good DIY Results

Date:October 17, 2014
" This product gives good results for a DIY project, but I think it looks like a DIY project when done. If you're looking for re-sale value in your kitchen, then get a professional. If you just want a fresh look, then this will work. "
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Review 3 for Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Location:Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Age:35 to 44
Gender:Female
Frequency Of Use:Weekly
Researched the product online before purchasing:Yes
Would purchase next Canadian Tire product online:Yes
Would purchase a Canadian Tire product as a gift:Yes

excellent product

Date:March 23, 2014
" This product amazed me. I bought it to paint cabinets at the cottage. I didn't want to spend a lot of money just yo update the look of the cabinets there and this was the perfect solution.
It takes time but for the price and the results it's worth it. For the protective coat I used a foam brush to apply it. I had a second foam brush on hand to get rid of any bubbles or smooth out heavy coated areas so it would not turn white.
If you have time and want to save money I highly recommend. I am currently painting my bathroom cabinets to update them at home because I was so impressed with this product.
The color I used is federal Grey
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Review 4 for Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
Quality
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Location:Orléans, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Age:45 to 54
Gender:Female
Frequency Of Use:Seasonal
Researched the product online before purchasing:Yes
Would purchase next Canadian Tire product online:No
Would purchase a Canadian Tire product as a gift:Yes

Amazing Product

Date:October 4, 2013
" My kitchen cabinets were natural oak, I used Quilters white (I have black granite counters) & the cabinets look fantastic. It is a lot of work, very important to wait the recommended drying times between each coat. It will be worth it. I was worried that my cabinets may look as though I painted it, but it doesn't look that way at all. The wood grain still shows through. A nice updated look at the fraction of the cost. I am now going to refinish some furniture! "
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Review 5 for Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Location:Winnipeg, MB, Canada

very good product

Date:May 4, 2013
" Rustroleums cabinet transformations will give you very good results,just take your time and follow the directions.The top coat can be a little tricky,had a lot of streaking using a brush. switched to a foam bush and got a smooth finish. "
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Review 6 for Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Impressive

Date:November 1, 2012
" I am really impressed with this product. Be aware this is a long and tedious process, took me 2 full days and 3 evenings.
My cupboards were originally natural (very light) and I used the Dark kit and chose the Espresso tint. Don't be frightened off by the purple colour of the base (it almost scared me off) but after the 2nd coat, the purple/red went away.
Even though the product says 2 coats are all that is necessary, it took 3 coats for the Espresso and I had to go buy a 2nd kit (now stuck with a full bottle of deglosser, 2 full cans of glaze and a full can of sealant).
Be VERY careful and avoid drips on the base coat and especially the final seal (the seal dries white if there's too much - I had to lightly sand some of it off and re-apply).
Overall, I love the results. My 5-year old cupboards look brand new and has drastically changed the appearance of my kitchen. "
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