I sanded and sanded, which took several days. Then I painted three coats of antique white on the top cabinets and the ones on the wall above. I wanted to give the room a splash of color too since the walls and most of the cabinets would be antique white, so I used a country blue on the bottom cabinets around the breakfast bar.
Three coats! I painted and painted and was cussing these cabinets before I was done. This is definitely a project you only tackle once every ten years or so because it is a lot of work and it takes a long time. I had to paint three coats on each cabinet door, wait at least overnight, flip them, sand the edges (again!), and then paint three coats on the backs.
After all of the painting, I sanded the edges of the doors and cabinets to give it an antigue finish. Then I sealed them all with a coat of polyeurethane. The poly gave them a yellowish tint, which I was upset about at first, but it's ok. It adds to the antique feel. Now that they are done I love them and it was totally worth the effort. The kitchen doesn't look like the same kitchen at all.
Here they are - DONE!