Thanks to the help of our friends, the Clarkes, and a free saturday afternoon...our kitchen cabinets are finally done!
The original plan was to paint them ourselves, but after a few missteps and a lot of good info from another customer at Lowe's, we realized it would be better to get them repainted by a professional.
Here is a before picture of the kitchen:
Below is a picture of our attempt to paint the cabinets with what turned out to be the wrong paint, the wrong sander, the wrong brushes, and the wrong technique. AWESOME! What you can't see in the picture are the very obvious blue streaks of the old stain showing through about 6 coats of paint.
Finally we were put in touch with a professional painter who gave us a great deal if we would
remove the doors and hardware and reattach them ourselves. This is the final product!!
Now we just need to touch up the wall paint and replace the counter tops .... someday :)