The process took about two weeks. Two very messy, dusty, inconvenient weeks. I could have had a demo and install of new cabinets (like five times) in that amount of time. But it would have also cost a boat load of bucks, so sacrifices people! I will sacrifice for you. Oh, the DUST!
The worst part of it was the dusty plastic draping that was EVERYWHERE. I hated it so much, I forgot to take pictures of it. I guess it was supposed to keep the dust from the cabinet sanding at a minimum, but it didn't really work that way.
The matching pulls finally arrived just in time for my dad's visit. WHAT AN AMAZING COINCIDENCE!
We taped the area where we'd be drilling the holes to prevent the wood from spitting (or scratching the finish) under the pressure of the drill.
We also had five "false" cabinets (two in front of the sink, two in front of the stove, and one under the oven).
We're super happy with the new color, and always say...."why didn't we do this sooner?"
P.S. The finish is a stain of American walnut and antique mahogany. Here is the style of pulls and the knobs we installed.