To be honest, I didn’t either, considering we started this January 1st!
The first thing we did was paint the bookshelves. We purchased one of the bookshelves on craigslist and the other we found for FREE!
Oil based primer
Swiss Coffee semi gloss paint
If you see any gaps or dings fill them with wood filler.
Degrease everything, Tsp is a great degreaser as is vinegar and hot water.
Sand everything I used an electric sander with medium grit (80 or 100).
Prime with an oil based primer. Foam rollers will give you the look as though your cabinets have been sprayed.
Caulk away, it will hide all imperfections.
Paint your desired color using a foam roller or spray them.
NOTE: Latex paint will adhere perfectly to oil based primer. Latex primer over oil paint will not work at all.
Let it dry, buff out any drips and give it another coat.
Add box above bookshelf to make it look like a heightened cabinet.
We did this in the kitchen.
Lots of trim makes everything pretty!
Finish it off with a fresh coat of paint!
Considering the kitchen took us 5 years, this is pretty fast for us!