I'm painting my kitchen cabinets the ivory cream color with stained trim. any suggestions on what he or color to use?
I would never paint oak cabinets. I have refinished a lot of old oak furniture that was painted and it was a major job to bring back the beauty of the natural wood. Kitchen remodeling is going through a "white phase" in so to speak and when everyone has one then the industry will revert back to natural woods and there will be a lot a kitchen cabinets ripped out of homes because of the cost and time stripping them.
I think that priming is the most important part of the preperation, I have tried the Valspar paint and hated puting it on the cabinets, it took several coats to get them to look good. I would go with Behr if I would do it again. It is also important to let the paint dry good and solid between each coat.
Vaness, I highly recommend using Benjamin Moore IMPERVO paint. Impervo paint takes two weeks to cure, but then you have a hard, enduring paint finish that will last for years and so easy to wipe clean.. You will need a large undedicated area to spread the door outs that is fairly warm, CLEAN, and properly ventilated to paint and and let doors cure for two full weeks. The only drawback of using Impervo is you want to be sure to use medium tack painters tape on the inside of the doors. Impervo is thinner than latex and it WILL get on the underside of the doors (if you' plan to leave them unpainted).. Once the paint has cured, it is almost impossible to scrape it off - it is that durable. Prep the doors and cabinets well. Clean thoroughly with TSH (you can buy at any hardware store. Also wear hvy duty gloves), sand, and use all purpose primer, not oil-based. Using Impervo takes patience...esp. when you're anxious to hang your 'new' doors back up. but the quality and durability is well worth it. (I did this to old, cheap cabinets and they now look sharp!) Be sure to invest in a good quality brush so that you don't end up with brush marks or loose brush hairs. While I waited for the doors to cure, I gave the walls a fresh coat of paint and purchased new hardware.