I made things easy on myself and followed the painting procedure that Young House Love developed when they painted their kitchen. First I primed everything using Zinsser's Smart Prime, and then applied three final coats of paint--I used Benjamin Moore's Advanced paint in a satin finish. I had them custom tint it to match the trim in the rest of my house (Behr's "popped corn"). The only thing that I did differently during the process was that I skipped the inital prep of liquid sand paper because if you remember correctly, I sanded my cabinets down to within an inch of their lives using my small sander because they were pretty dirty and needed some wood-filler lovin'. I am also going the extra mile and painting the insides of the cabinets white instead of leaving them in their raw wood state (they were nasty nasty dirty).
The biggest pain in the butt out of the whole process were the inside corners of the cabinets. I rolled as much as I could with my mini roller, but of course round rollers don't fit nicely into corners so I had to use a brush to paint those instead. Well, the brush doesn't cover nearly as well as the roller, so I was left with very obvious inside paint lines around the corner areas. So the corners got a 4th coat of paint, and I think that I made need to go in and touch up certain areas a 5th time. I found that a cheap little foam brush actually worked pretty well in terms of coverage (but I only figured this out at the end!).
Anyway, how 'bout those bottom cabinets, eh? BRIGHT. Believe it or not, when I applied the first layer of yellow, they looked positively fluorescent--like I'd colored them in with the brightest highlighter I could find. I think that it was because of the white primer underneath, but it really freaked me out at first!
The color mellowed out a bit with a second coat of yellow, but they are still super bright. Almost as bright as...my Cheerio box!
The yellow has been up for about a week now, and although I kindaaa like it, I'm not totally in LOVE with it, which means that it's gotta go. I'm in the process of trying to find a slightly more-mellowed out yellow so that I can repaint them (maybe this weekend?).
Also up next is painting the kitchen cabinet doors and the molding that will convert them from flat panels into shaker-style doors. The husband was kind enough to sand all of them down for me this past weekend (with a lot of prodding). I've also got a fun little project planned for the inside of the upper cabinets, so with a little luck, I will get that done this weekend too!