painting old already painted wood cabinets
In our new house we have two beautiful large, solid, pine storage cabinets -- they are quite old but in great shape. They are painted gray, and (removable shelves) were covered w/ an easily removed contact-type paper.
I want to paint the cabinets white and want to do a thorough job to 1)make them look top-of-the-line and 2)have the job last for years.
The gray paint is not peeling or flaking. The biggest issue, I think, is a thorough cleaning w/ TSP (gross factor-- dirt on the top is probably 50+ yrs. old). The doors on the front are beadboard - and it's clear a handyman (RIP) built them.
1) Do I need to sand or prime these doors?
2) Will Cabinet Coat be the ticket?
3) The hinges are painted, do I try to paint them again?
Also, one post mentioned someone's tips (Michael?) for painting cabinets. I can't find that post but would love any and all tips. I've painted before, but these cabinets deserve tlc, and I'm ready.