Step 1. Empty out your drawers, and move anything in your cabinets away from the opening.
Step 2. Remove your cabinet doors and remove all hardware. If you’re going to reuse the same hardware, put it all in a bag. I replaced all my dated brass with brushed nickel and added brushed nickel pulls and handles (that was the biggest expense of the whole project).
Step 3. Set up a work station in a draft free place. I did all my work in the garage. I set up two sawhorses and layed 2 old 2×4’s across to set the doors and drawers on top of. Then I layed a looonnnng piece of waxed paper on top of the boards, just to keep off any old debris and to prevent any sticking to the boards.
Step 4. Clean your drawer fronts, and cabinet doors and cabinet framework to remove any old residue or grease. I used Murphy’s Oil Soap, but any good all purpose cleaner will work. If you feel like your cabinets still have a high gloss, you could use a sanding block to lightly sand so the gel stain with adhere. Remember – there’s no need to strip the finish. Make sure the wood is dry before you begin.