Cabinet Transformations: Pickled Oak to Glazed Gingerbread

Pickled Oak Cabinet Transformations

I am not the girl who asks for diamonds or gold for my birthday. I am the girl who asks for the practical things I have oohed & ahhed to have or use.  My husband’s parents recently did the cabinet transformations in their kitchen and I was jealous. Their kitchen went from plain and boring to updated and modern simply by using the cabinet transformations kit by Rust-Oleum. When my birthday rolled around my husband gifted me with the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations. He knows me well. 🙂 I have wanted to change the kitchen cabinets since we moved in 5 years ago.  The kitchen is small and the cabinets are pickled oak in color.  This was a fantastic birthday present and I could not wait to get Troy started on transforming my cabinets!

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The transformation is 4 step process.  The first step you clean and de-gloss your cabinets as well as cabinet faces.  The second step you apply the 2 coats of the bonding agent.  The third step (which is elective) you apply the glazing.  The fourth and last step you apply the protective clear coat.

Bond Coat of Cabinet Transformations

I must admit that when the bond coat dried, it concerned me.  The color was very similar to a terra cotta pot.  My kitchen color scheme is green, gray and black.  Terra cotta does NOT compliment that palette AT ALL!

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My husband reminded me that there were still 2 steps left in the process and that the glazing would achieve the look we wanted.

Final Results of Cabinet Transformations

Well, once again, my husband was right.  (Did I really just say that??)  The final look is AMAZING!  I am so happy to have my “new” kitchen!

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Cabinet Transformation, Cabinet Make Over, Cabinet Remodel Cheap, Make over cabinets cheap, rustoleum, pickled oak cabinet make overMy tumbled marble back splash really stands out now.  The glazed gingerbread really brings everything together.  Now I am ready for new wall colors, window treatments and more!

We were very pleased with the Rust-Oleum product.  The instruction booklet as well as DVD were  detailed and descriptive.  We (my husband) were able to navigate through the instructions easily and complete the process without any stress.  I would recommend this product to anyone who has cabinets that only need cosmetic work to get your kitchen looking updated!

We purchased the Rust Oleum product and found it to be so fabulous that we would share it here on my blog.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. They’re beautiful!! I love the gingerbread color – what an amazing transformation 🙂

  2. What a beautiful new color!!!

  3. You kitchen cabinet make-over looks gorgeous. Love the color and it sounds really easy to do.

  4. I like the new color. It transforms the whole room. Glad to hear the instructions were manageable. Hubby and I have definitely had some stressful moments putting together barbecue grills and cribs.

  5. That looks awesome! We are redoing the kids bathroom and I think we need to try this for the cabinet.

  6. You are so brave to have attempted this! I actually used Rustoleum products on my garage floor…we did the finishing on it. It looks GREAT. I am so glad we did it.


    • My husband is the brave one! I don’t think I would have ever attempted on my own. But he is a contractor by trade, so it probably didn’t intimate him as much as me!!!

  7. Our cabinets are pickled oak as well and Melinda would love to redo the cabinets just like you did and I love your after color. That would be the same color we would do in our house.

  8. So I have a quick question. How strong was the odor from this? I tend to stay away from this kind of stuff because of the chemicals in them, but this would be so much more cost effective for us then replacing the bathroom cabinet.

    • We did all the painting of cabinet doors and faces in the house. And now that you ask I don’t really recal an odor at all. It may have a paint odor during the bond coat, but none that was noticable.

  9. I love it! The new color really makes your kitchen gorgeous!

  10. Wow! What a transformation!! Looks great!

  11. We just used Rust-Oleum to redo our front gate, and your cabinets look AWESOME! I’m buying a new home and plan to have the cabinets done (not doing that myself) but the front gate looks awesome.

  12. Now that’s my kind of birthday present. That after picture does look really great!

  13. What an amazing transformation! I need to pick this up for my in-laws- their cabinets are pickled oak &they totally don’t match anything else. I love the Glazed Gingerbread!

  14. Oh!! I saw this at Lowe’s last weekend when getting the last of our painting tool and instantly wanted to try this!

    Did you have to remove the cabinets from the kitchen to do this, or can they stay hung on the walls?

    • You do not have to remove the cabinets at all! We did our bathroom vanity with the remaining product and I took pictures to do a step by step tutorial on how we did it. I will post it before the end of the weekend! 🙂

  15. Anne Marie says:

    I’ve been searching the internet looking for solutions to change the pickled oak cabinets in our kitchen and FINALLY stumbled onto something that looks promising..Your kitchen looks GREAT!

    Our “pickled oak kitchens” are almost identical. I was going to paint them a solid color but my husband wants to match the cabinets to the oak trim we have in the house, maybe this will work?

    THANK you for posting this!

  16. Is there any wood grain still in the look of the cabinets? My husband really likes ‘wood’ looking cabinets and I’m trying to convince him to let me paint them.

  17. Do you think this would work on painted cabinets? I painted my cabinets when I moved in…but I have since found that just using wall paint doesn’t hold up to cleaning and such. Ugh. Not sure if this would cover?

  18. do you recall what technique you used to apply the decorative glaze? There seems to be a few options and I don’t know which one to use. What did you do?

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