Shaker-style cabinetry has clean straight lines, all 90 degree angles, and a recessed flat center panel, versus more stylized doors embellished with rounded decorative molding (known in builder terminology as "ogee" molding...pronounced "oh-jee.")
Another "before" photo ...
I explained and listed sources here about my process of choosing the warm grey cabinets and utilitarian-feeling brass hardware.
BM Eagle Rock is the same gray that I used on this campaign dresser from the English Colonial master bedroom reveal ... see how the warm greige color looks really great paired with brass tones?
The Eagle Rock Grey paint tied in nicely with the Caesarstone counters, but that green glass backsplash just didn't provide enough color contrast with the other materials. I wound up having success with painting it, and I broke down that process for you here.
BUT if you're doing this at home you can absolutely follow these steps for painting everything yourself! This is the process I used to paint all my cabinet boxes, and I would done the same thing for the cabinet doors and drawers as well.
*steps and materials for painting kitchen*
2)using a foam mini roller apply Zinsser's BIN shellac-base primer.
3)using a foam mini roller apply numerous thin coats of Benjamine Moore's Advance line high-gloss paint in your color of choice.
4)in between paint coats sand lightly with fine grit sandpaper to level out any roughness or imperfections.
Both the special Zinsser shellac-base primer and Benjamin Moore's Advance paint are integral to this process. They're formulated to act like oil-based paints even though they're water-based and super easy to use and clean up. They give a smoother, glassier finish and don't show brush strokes like regular latex paint does.
I chose to only paint the exteriors and the face of the cabinets and shelves, not the interiors which would have taken eons longer ...
(SIDE NOTE: I myself have never used a paint sprayer but it sure would make a full cabinet painting job easier. If I went that route I think I might get this little spray gun that Jenny over on Little Green Notebook has been raving about. Of course you'll need an air compressor as well.)
At project's end, once the brass hardware was installed and tile backsplash was painted white, this is what I wound up with!