I painted our Kitchen by myself. I chose to paint it in sections. I didn't feel overwhelmed that way and could fit it into my schedule.
Since my cabinets were VERY dark to begin with (Cherry) I decided to do a primer to block some of the dark color. I used Zinser Bulls Eye 123 primer ONLY for the white cabinets. The black island did not require a primer since it was already dark. I used Lamp Black two coats for the island. The rest of the cabinets I used Snow White with three coats. I chose the High Performance Top Coat in Flat and used 2 coats to protect well since the Kitchen gets a lot of use.
I know many people like to use a small roller for the panels of the door but I actually like painting with a brush so that is what I used for everything. I had a large and small brush and one for the topcoat.
Yes, it does take time to paint a Kitchen but it is not hard. I believe that no matter what project you set out to finish having the right tools for the right job is the most important step to a great outcome. I looked at and considered many paints for my Kitchen but in the end went with the product I trusted and have used for years with great results. I do have to mention that last year as a test I painted my bathroom cabinets which are identical to my Kitchen. I wanted to see if they would hold up well before doing my entire Kitchen. After a year they still look new.
I cannot tell you just how pleased I am with my Kitchen makeover. I am so excited to walk into my Kitchen. It is my "happy place" now. I actually enjoy being in the Kitchen now that it is so pretty!! Amazing what a little paint can do!!