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Do it yourself

Restoring a kitchen island

Ready to breathe new life into your kitchen? No need to redo the whole thing – just freshen up your island. One weekend and you’re done!


Start off right

Your basic tool is the Rust-oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit. It contains everything you need to repaint wood, laminate or melamine surfaces. One kit is enough to cover 100 square feet.
  • The kits come in a range of light and dark colours. Choose your favourite and have it prepared at the store.
  • Prepare a clean, well-ventilated work area with a flat horizontal surface to rest the doors on.
  • Remove any screws, hinges, handles or other hardware, including the pads on the insides of the doors.
  • Number the doors so you don’t mix them up. Seal any unused holes with filler.
  • Cover the floor and any other surfaces that need protecting. Use a thick plastic tarpaulin to cover your countertop and put masking tape on the interior contour of the island.
  • Read the instructions and watch the video included with the kit. For more information, visit the Rust-oleum website.
Carefully prepare the surface

Apply deglosser

When you use this kit, there’s no stripping, sanding or priming needed. Delustering is the most important step. It helps prepare the surface to ensure that other products will adhere properly. The process takes some time. Start with the outside of the doors, then the inside, and finally the island’s casing.
  • 1.1 - Clean each surface with mild soap.
  • 1.2 - Put on your gloves and safety glasses. Pour deglosser directly on the surface and use the scouring pad provided in the kit. Scrub firmly everywhere, especially in the corners and grooves.
  • 1.3 - Immediately wipe the surface using a damp cloth. Then, wipe with a dry cloth.
  • 1.4 - Take a close look at all the surfaces to make sure you applied deglosser everywhere.
  • 1.5 - Let everything dry for 1 hour.

Pro tip

If you are using a light-coloured bond coat on wood (pure white, frost, linen or cotton, for instance), we recommend you prime first with a stain-blocking primer such as Zinsser Cover Stain. This will block the wood’s tannins and avoid discolouration.

If you didn’t apply deglosser for long enough or carefully enough, the bond coat won’t hold. You’ll have to start again. Wipe the surfaces and apply deglosser again before you move on to the next step.
Apply the product to achieve the desired colour

Extend the bond coat

This opaque product provides rich colour. If you are using it on wood, it will bring out the natural beauty of the grain. For this step, rest the doors on a support that raises them off the work surface. Start with the insides of the doors.
  • 2.1 - Using a dry cloth, wipe the surface that you’re about to paint. This will remove any leftover residue from the deglosser. Stir the product well with a stir stick and pour it into a clean, disposable pail.
  • 2.2 - Using a synthetic two-inch paintbrush, apply an even coat using slow, smooth movements. Pay attention to the corners and joints. Use small strokes to prevent the product from accumulating.
  • 2.3 - Let it dry for 2 to 3 hours.
  • 2.4 - Apply a second coat following the same process.
  • 2.5 - Let it dry for 2 to 3 hours.

Pro tip

To prevent bubbles, don’t use a roller.
Give your doors a unique look with decorative glaze

Apply decorative glaze

This step is optional. If you’re not applying glaze, move straight on to the next step.

Adding glaze will give your furniture a unique charm. This is one way to apply it, but the possibilities are endless. Watch this video for more ways to apply decorative glaze.

Start by applying the glaze to one door. Use the first door as a template for the rest of the island. In order to get a uniform finish on all surfaces, the same person should apply the glaze everywhere.
  • 3.1 - Put on gloves and mix the glaze well. Pour a small amount into a clean, disposable container. Apply the glaze generously using the same technique as for the bond coat.
  • 3.2 - Join two glaze cloths (provided in the kit) without pressing them together too much. Wipe the glaze on the surface of the door. The more pressure you apply, the more glaze you’ll remove from the surface. It all depends on the style you want. For best results, refold and reverse the cloths often.
  • 3.3 - Let it dry for at least 8 hours.

Pro tip

Think about the style you want before you apply the glaze, because it will only be workable for 5 minutes.
Protect the surface with a top coat

Apply the protective top coat

This product is specially formulated to provide quality protection against dirt and scratches.
  • 4.1 - Make sure you wear gloves and safety glasses to mix the product. Pour a small amount into a clean, disposable container. Spread the product evenly, just like you did for the bond coat.
  • 4.2 - Remove any accumulation in the grooves or corners by immediately wiping it with a clean, dry synthetic brush. The product dries quickly. Don’t paint over the same spot more than once.
  • 4.3 - Let it dry in a dust- and draft-free environment for at least 24 hours.

Pro tip

It will take 7 to 10 days for the top coat to cure completely. Wait at least 10 days before cleaning the surfaces with soap.
Update your furniture with decorative hardware

Add the final touch

Complete your island makeover with new decorative hardware.

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