BRILLIANT and SO EASY! Learn how to use gel stain to update finished cabinets or furniture that you want to update with a darker stain. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body! by Kay Leonard McCurdy
This is almost exactly how I updated a chest of drawers and nightstand though I didn't use a primer or pre-conditioner. The stain/poly combo definitely goes on thick, so you have to be careful to try and do a thin layer.