Hi Linda, this is Peggy. I hope this is what you were looking for. Good luck with your project. Before you stain the cabinets, it's important to remove all the doors and drawers to make sanding and applying the stain easier. Use 120 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the cabinets. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. For the second sanding, use 220 grit sandpaper.
How to Stain Wood Kitchen Cabinets | DIY
First remove and label all handles, hinges and other hardware. Clean the cabinets with a mineral spirits–dampened rag to remove surface contaminants. Then thoroughly scrub them with a 50/50 solution of household ammonia and water. Finally, rinse with clear water and allow to dry. Sand the cabinets with 80-grit sandpaper to remove bumps and roughen the surface. Then they will be ready to stain. Apply the stain of your choice according to the instructions.
If they were already in use, you will need to scrub them down and remove the old finish.UNLESS, you are going darker, in which case, you can sand the sealer off, use a gel stain and rub it on, following the directions. If they are unfinished and never used, sand them , wiping off all the dust and stain, going with the grain. A clear sealer will protect your finish.