The cabinets I was working with haven't been hung yet, so it made it easier.
1. Remove All Hardware
Remove all hardware, and detach all the doors and drawers. Use a screw gun; it will save you tons of time.
2. Sand It
Take a fine sandpaper. It roughs up the wood, but still keeps it smooth. This will help the paint stick to the wood.
The house I am working in is under construction, so I was able to paint without worrying about making a mess. But you can buy cheap shower curtains at the Dollar Store to use as drop cloths.
I know a paint roller would be easier, but don't use one if you want the vintage look.
4. Follow the Grain of the Wood.
This step is probably one of the most important. Follow the grain of the wood with your brush strokes.
5. Paint Your Color
The thing I love about distressing is you don't have to be super particular about how you paint because you can sand it off later.
5. Fun Part
I used a rough sandpaper to cut through the paint which gives it the aged look. Sand the edges and corners of the cabinets. Once again, follow the grain of the wood.
6. Go Back
Go back over the same edges you sanded with a fine sand paper to smooth it out.
I am waiting until all the cabinets are in place to paint the sides.
I have a few more steps to go, but keep watching for the finish product.