Cabinet Transformations

I told you that we want to stain the kitchen cabinets dark.  I mentioned to my husband that Home Depot carries a cabinet painting kit called Cabinet Transformations.  The kit includes everything you need to change the color of your cabinets WITHOUT SANDING!  So we made our weekly trip to the local Depot and got our kit. 

Since the kitchen will be such a large project, we decided to try it out on our master bathroom cabinets. They are the same light maple as the kitchen cabinets.

Our bathroom was the perfect place test this kit.  If we didn't like it, no one would see it and we could change it whenever.  If we started with the kitchen and didn't like it, we would have to change it immediately because everyone would see it.

The kit includes deglosser for removing the sheen from the cabinets, bond coat in your choice of color, glaze (optional), and protective top coat.  There are several colors to choose from.  We wanted dark so we chose Chocolate.

So here's how they turned out...

We think they look great.  Like totally different cabinets.  They'll look even better once we paint the walls.  We chose the chocolate color but I think the pictures make it look a little darker than in person.  We also used the glaze which added a wood grain look and some richness instead of just looking like they were painted.  The nickel knobs seem to pop off the dark wood now.

Now we need some motivation to get started on the kitchen.  There's only like 100 cabinets to pull off in addition to the island.  Ok, not exactly that many, but close.  

Also The DIY Showoff is featuring my girl's room today. 

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