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Big job. For best results you'll have to strip them using a stripper like Citrastrip or Kleen strip. Restain and finish. Don't go too dark. Dark cabinets,are going out of style again and they don't hold up as well as natural and mid color stains.
Very good site. Even has a chart with different of shades of stain and how the look.
To stain them you will need to remove the doors and hardware and sand everything, then stain, then apply a urethane to seal it. Hope this helps, Dee.
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Definitely clean with tsp, then check out General finishes java gel stain. It's used more like paint for this type of project. You will need to put a topcoat (3) of clear polyurethane but it holds up amazingly well, and looks terrific! You also do not have to take down the cupboard doors! I stained over the hinges, and the old brass hinges just disappeared allowing me to change out just the handles to brushed nickel and they look beautiful! As for dark cabinets going out of style, it's of course all personal preference. " they " said the same of white cabinets and I also just did white painted cupboards for a friend and they are beautiful as well. Do what you like! You tube has lots of good tutorials and I've done the java gel stain using a sock or rag, and also applying with a brush and the brush method is so much easier, doesn't waste as much stain and looks so much better, that that's the only way I would use it now! Good luck and enjoy!