(I want this dark colour on the boys bathroom vanity) DIY gel staining oak cabinets. If you are tired of looking at oak, this looks like the best way to get 'new' cabinets the cheapest, easiest way possible. And the after looks amazing!
tutorial on barn finish-a gel varnish remover to strip off most of the varnish. The contrasty barnwood look comes from not getting all of the varnish off, whatever is left behind will appear lighter when you apply the dark stain
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
Teds Wood Working An exquisite and unique 6 person dining table,manually designed from the finest hornbeam wood with 12 layers of epoxy resin for steadiness and spectacular look. because the EW tables are made for life.
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.
DIY Gel Stain Espresso Cabinets -- The best, most detailed tutorial for staining lighter cabinets a darker color. She uses espresso/java stain, but any darker stain works. Monica still replies to emails if you need help during your project!