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After Rachel had her new wood floors installed, it was clear she had a problem- her always darker than desired kitchen was now even more basement-like because her cabinets now matched the tone of her floor. Determined to create a lighter, brighter space without spending a lot of money, Rachel decided to use paint to transform her kitchen.

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Rachel used a Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Kit to transform her counters from dark grey to desert sand. The room was already looking brighter but not bright enough so it was onto more paint. After installing a backsplash of beadboard wallpaper, Rachel used another Rustoleum product to refinish her cabinets in pure white. The project took six days over three months but the end result was certainly a brighter more welcoming space for Rachel and her husband.

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