I don't like oak finish, never have. I like painted cabinets on the sheer fact that you can always change the color. With wood you are always a slave to the wood color and everything has to go in accordance with that. Good thing is, my cabinets are wood, second good thingthey are not glossy.
Oh yes, these cabinets had a bit of wear on them. Thats is where the poly coat has been worn off and rubbed off. My cabinets are not glossy and they are actually wood (not veneer). So the cool thing is I can do I light distressed look. If these were veneer they would be smooth and when I painted it would have a powder coat look, however due to the wood grain and lack of sanding or stripping them, I got a distressed look, yay!
The sink area had the most damage naturally.
I started with the island. If I wasn't crazy about the results its ok since islands can be that accent piece of furniture.
I'm using Rustoleum oil based Paint Enamel in a Semi-gloss white. I have not prepped primed, sanded or deglossed, which is one of the great things about using oil based. Give it a day or so to really be absorbed by the wood and its awesome. Draw back, takes awhile to dry, which is a plus if your a slow painter or make a boo boo or rub against it by mistake ( a little mineral spirits and some paint and its like it never happened). One more draw back, fumes, but hey can't have it all. One coat gives it that distressed look. I like it but I think it might be a bit much all over the kitchen, so one more coat will do it.
Filling the holes from where everything had a pull to a knob was pretty quick. I used my to finger to mash the Elmers Wood Fill in the hole and then smoothed with the putty knife. When it was dry, I used 80grit sand paper to sand the bulk and 400 grit smooth it out
I have taken off the doors and started painting my upper cabinets first. Why upper? Well I could paint the top during the day without worrying about any accidents. At night I paint the bottom before we retire for the upstairs.
This had glass doors, but I think it looks really nice without them.