HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? Painting cabinets is usually a three- to five-day project. Be prepared to remove all hardware, doors, and drawers. Then sand (if wood), clean, paint, paint again, let dry, and finally reinstall everything.
ANY SPECIAL TOOLS? Painter’s Pyramid Stands ($8 for 10; amazon.com) are little plastic triangles that raise doors a couple inches to make painting fronts and backs easier.
WHAT PAINT DO I USE? Alkyd paint, like Benjamin Moore Advance ($35/gallon; benjaminmoore.com), yields a more professional and durable finish, but it takes longer to dry. If you prefer latex paint, opt for a satin or semigloss finish for faster drying; they also make wiping up cooking messes and spills easier.
SANITY-SAVER Indulge your inner Monica Geller and label each door and drawer with masking tape. Store the hardware and hinges for each in separate labeled baggies.