Our group of six girls got together today (minus one) and tackled Jamie's kitchen cabinets. Who, by the way, has the same kitchen as me. So now I know how the process would go and how hard it would be for one person to do it. Let me just say, I don't recommend doing this alone.
I'm going to have to ask Jamie if she has a before pic (which I'm sure she does), but needless to say, the medium colored oak cabinets were just not doing it for her. We left today with all the frames and the backs of the cabinets primed which is a huge job in of itself.
First, we removed all the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. It goes so much faster using power tools (and it's more fun too). We labeled each door and frame and each drawer front and drawer so we would know where each one went. After all, no one is perfect, and the cabinet installers may have tried their best to make all the hardware match up, but let's be honest. They won't. We put all the screws into a ziploc bag to make sure we didn't lose any parts. The hinges were just placed in a pile near the screws.
The next step surprised me. We took the thin green scrubbies and "sanded" the doors, drawers and frames. You'll get some of the finish off with that (and maybe a few more muscles). You'll want to wipe down the doors, etc. after you've scrubbied them. There will be a fine dust all over.
Now, you are ready to prime! The primer we used is AWESOME! Seriously. It's called Glidden Interior/Exterior Gripper White Primer/Sealer and it really "grips". The best way to do this is with a small white foam roller and a good quality foam brush. Paint with the foam brush in all the corners and narrow spaces then use the foam roller to roll the large places. We used canned food cans (unopened) to set the door and drawer fronts on so we could prime one side first. I've seen it done where you hang a clothes line outside then with screw in hooks on the tops or bottom of the door/drawer, hand them on the line then spray. We aren't doing the spray method.
One coat of primer should do the trick. Let it dry (preferably overnight) then turn the doors/drawers over and do the fronts the same way as the backs. Let this dry again (overnight again, if you can).
Stay tuned for the final tutorial and the before and after pics. It's going to be great, I promise!