Painting Kitchen Cabinets to Last for Years

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When we bought our cottage, we noticed that the upper and lower cabinets didn't match. The upper were knotty pine and the lower cabinets were more modern but ugly. We later found out that the cottage had 1 foot of water in it from a flood and obviously, that's when the bottom cabinets were changed out. It was a no brainer to paint these bottom cabinets.
This is a photo showing how the previous owners had the kitchen.
Before we moved into the cottage, I painted the lower cabinets.
These are the steps I did in painting the cabinets:
Removed all the cabinets and drawers, along with the hinges. There were no handles or knobs on them.
Even though they were laminate, I gave everything a good sanding.
I put a good quality primer over all.
I wanted to make them look like they were old, so the first coat of paint I put on was a funny mustard/brown color to make it look like there was knotty pine under this new paint. This was my base coat of paint.
Over that, I painted a sage green. I think I put two coats of each color of paint on the cabinets.
Then I lightly sanded wherever I wanted the base coat to show through.
I finally applied 2 coats of polyurethane to everything.
Once dried, we put all the doors and drawers back on, and I bought new pulls that we installed on each drawer and drawer.
We've owned the cottage for 12 years and there are NO nicks or chips. It's held up beautifully. BTW, all the paint and primer were Benjamin Moore. I've always used the best paint we can afford because it's worth it in the end.

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