I have been painting furniture white for about 11 years now and when I see a vintage piece of furniture that was stained with an old cherry stain I don't even try to paint it white anymore. When painting a piece like that white the cheery bleeds through and the furniture ends up pink, I have not found a primer as of yet that will seal in the stain.
The back of the cabinet would of had to been removed and all the shelves taken out. I almost did it when I looked behind me in the work shop and seen one hundred and one projects awaiting me.
Besides she is beautiful inside and out.