Oak Update-Painting Your Own Cabinets-

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I saw a lot of potential in our kitchen when we bought our house & the cabinets were in great shape! I decided paint the cabinets & add some charm. I hired a finish carpenter to build a hood, pantry/cabinet doors & move some existing cabinets around to get maximum use of our whole kitchen. He added corner lazy Susan's to make use of our dead/inaccessible space & brought the whole look together with solid surface counters, a marble farmhouse sink & new backsplash. I ended up going with the Rustoleum Cabinet Kit, I had heard great reviews & now it's months later & I'm very happy with how it's holding up. The painting was simple, just took lots of patience! We spent about $9,000 on labor, all materials & counters. Not bad for a whole new kitchen!
Space was very tight, corners we inaccessible & our silverware drawer would hit our dishwasher handle.
All doors had to come off & labeled for painting, I followed the kits instructions almost exactly. The only difference is that I felt it needed 3 coats instead of 2.
I had the carpenter build a decorative hood for above the stove for a custom look, along with new molding on the tops & bottoms of all the cabinets.
Bumped out peninsula & centered sink to the window. Corner cabinets we also added. Also added character with the spindles & plate racks. This was a cheaper option then going with glass display doors & I love them!
Look online for savings! My sink was $2,500 locally & I ordered it online from a kitchen & bath store in Ohio for $1,000, free shipping!
Had custom made barn doors ($600)
I got the Rustoleum kit in Linen. (It is on the whiter side, if you want cream go darker) I was able to use only one kit for the whole kitchen with 3 coats each side of the door, 28 doors/drawers. Every morning for about 2 weeks I would wake up, put a coat on all doors, come home after work & put another coat on before bed.

Suggested materials:

  • Rustoleum Cabinet kit   (Menards, on sale! Only used one kit for entire kitchen. Paid $58)
  • Molasses Glaze (did not use glaze in kit)   (Fabulous Finishes (Shelby Twp.,MI))

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  • Nancy Dawson Nancy Dawson on Oct 01, 2016
    How does it work on painted doors? I moved into a house and it has painted cabinets and I want to do something with them I hate the color.

  • Heather G Heather G on Oct 16, 2018

    Hi Melissa! I just found your article on Pinterest. I'm in the process of updating my kitchen and fell in love with your pantry doors! I was curious if you lived in Ohio, because if so, I would love your carpenter's contact info!!

  • Jennifer Porter Jennifer Porter on Apr 27, 2019

    Love your end product! Well done. What type of molding did you use on the bottom of the cabinets? I need to do something and I can't tell from the pictures but it looks great!

    I used this product for a bathroom vanity! Loved it. Would love to do my kitchen cabinets.


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