After priming, we used three coats of Sherwin Williams Pro-Classic paint on the cabinets, doors, and drawers. We got new brushed stainless hinges, knobs, and drawer pulls. We put up new brushed stainless lighting, as well as a new pendant light above the sink. Then, while installing the doors and drawers back, we converted the sink faux drawers to pull outs, using a Reva-shelf kit from Lowes.
So, reminder... here is the before with the seller's stuff:
And here she is now, folks!
So, to break it down, here is what we did:
1. take off all doors and drawer fronts
2. sand EVERYTHING with 150, then 220 grit sandpaper (we used a hand sander where we could)
3. prime all surfaces with oil-based primer (we used Killz and primed 2x)
4. lightly sand all surfaces again with 220 or 300 grit sandpaper
Here, we installed beadboard on all our open cabinets sides and around our peninsula. Obviously, optional.
5. clean all surfaces thourougly
6. paint surfaces with paint of your choice (we used Sherwin Williams Pro-Classic, no tint, 3 coats)
7. coat polyurathane on all surfaces 2x (we used Minwax bluish-green can in semi-gloss)
8. wait a few days to hang doors and drawer back up
9. re-install doors and drawers and hardware
Ta-Da! Countertops and flooring to come later.