Kitchen - Paint vs Gel Stain vs Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations

gatos_locosNovember 7, 2012

I have spent the last 2 weeks looking into what to do with our kitchen. We have an old lineoleum floor that looks like face red brick. Our cabinets were already resurfaced but our cabinet doors seem like they are in good shape but my wife begs to differ. i know we need new hardware, but I have no idea what to do with these cabinets. Paint vs gel stain vs Rustoleum cabinet transformations. My wife would like to do a dark brown (espresso) or something like that. Any tips on color would help or if someone would tell us to wait and redo the whole kitchen that would be fine too. thanks for your help. All the postings are really helpful.

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    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 11:09PM
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    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 11:10PM
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Sophie Wheeler

If the cabinets have already been refaced once, then painting them now might not work so well. The veneers applied to the face frame don't have the strongest adhesion, and you'd probably have to do an oil based sealing primer in order to avoid having them unstick themselves. If you're DIY and up for all of the WORK of painting them, that's one thing. If you don't have the skillset or just the TIME needed to do that, and would need to pay a pro, then save your money for a more extensive redo. Spending 5K on a paint job now would't be a smart investment in that kitchen. It has a more extensive redo in it's future. The only question is how far in the future?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 9:28AM
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Gel stain (my preferred brand is General Finishes) can go darker easily. It's EASY to do, too.

Remove doors and drawers to stain them, do the frames in place, masking off the walls anf floor as needed.

1 - Clean the wood well with soapy water, rinse and dry, then clean it again with mineral spirits and steel wool. Wipe them well.

2 - Spread on the stain with a soft lint-free cloth

3 - let it dry

4 - wipe on a couple of coats of General Finishes gel topcoat.

5 - Put the doors back on.

If you want to go lighter, use paint.

Here is a link that might be useful: gel stain

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 3:01PM
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you cabinets look great to me.
buy new ones for your kitchen
send the old ones to me!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 4:49PM
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I used General Finishes java gel stain on oak and the fake oak side bathroom cabinets; also used black Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation on another cabinet. I have to say that the gel stain was a lot more forgiving and easier to apply and also seems to adhere a lot better. The Rustoleum paint came off very easily despite deglosser, sanding, and later a top coat. There was someone who described in a block how the Rustoleum slid right off her cabinets. I hadn't primed the vanity where I used the gel stain and so far it sticks very well on the fake oak melamine side.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 4:57PM
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Thank you to all of you that replied, when someone tells me they love the cabinets.. I am like why waste my money.. we are not going to stay in the house forever want to add some life to the kitchen any help/advice would be appreciated..


    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 11:35PM
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