I couldn't wait to get my hands on these cabinets ever since we moved in. I believe my eloquent words were, "i can't wait to renovate the shit out of this kitchen."
The next step was to get into a month-long debate over how it should look, which i ultimately won. (Chris was rooting for all espresso cabinets, which i thought would sink the whole house when you took into account that our floors will eventually be a darker walnut color.) Here was my plan:
Preparation is the worst step. Worse than clean up. I removed all the hardware with my tool of choice:
(At least he has a great personality?)
Cleaning was another part of prep. I had to get at the cabinets and literally scrape the sludge off the quarter-rounds, which had obviously never been done.
Rustoleum's Cabinet Transformations - Espresso for the island and white for the cabinets. Step 1 is deglossing, which is supposed to replace the sanding part of a normal renovation. You do just as much work but instead of choking on sawdust, you're inhaling a very low-odor chemical. I don't need to know long division, anyway.
So the island was going great. The cabinets, on the other hand, were not going so well. I don't know why the Rustoleum white was so awful, but this is after the first coat (and the realization that the caulking adhering our granite to the cabinets wasn't the paintable kind... i eventually used a blade to trim that back) and it looked like crap. The brush strokes were painfully obvious (the directions in the pamphlet advised against rolling for some reason?) and it was going to be at least four coats to get it looking solid, for which we didn't have the time, patience, or paint.
We also noticed that there were pretty serious cracks in between the walls and the cabinets...
After lightly sanding the painted cabinets (damn you, Rustoleum, we had to sand anyway!), Chris went to work.
Moving on to the last step (we skipped the decorative glazing step as the difference with such a dark color would be minimal if at all, and we were more than happy with the color) of the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations for the island...
my banister project, i would have grabbed it. But i didn't sooo...i dealt with this crap. It only worked because i'm good with a paintbrush. It looked like this after i finished:
You know, the new colors don't make me hate the counter tops as much...
Stay tuned for that huge mess.
Here's where i'll leave you:
"That one was much better." - JD