I have read a few threads here about painting. I lucked out in that our project had already been painted (hideous color, but sticking to the walls), making it easy to change colors. It seems that the main issue is correct surface prep. Make sure you clean / prime with the right stuff, or your color coat won't stick.
If you search you will find all the products you need.
And I will take a few pics of the cabinet mods etc that folks have been asking about and post them in my thread sometime in the next few hours...