Gel stained my cabinet door. I liked it, but...
Finally, after 4 coats of gel stain, I'm happy about the result. (Just used one door to test). (See picture, before & after)
Just bought a home with Oak cabinets, plan to change tiled counter top to granite, so whether to replace the cabinets (kitchen and bath) is a decision I need to make ASAP.
I still plan to gel stain all my bathroom cabinets to save some money, given the result is good. But I start to shifting to buying new kitchen cabinets instead. Initially I thought the cabinets was in good shape, but looking more at it, the box of the cabinets are actually particle boards, so the sides only have a thin veneer. The shelves are particle boards, too, one shelf under the sink is water damaged, needs to change, and the style is still not as contemporary as the ones I like (shaker style).
Once new counter top is on, there's no way we can change cabinets later, and I'm really not sure if particle board boxes can last for the next 10 years when I'm living there. Nowadays it seems plywood boxes are more standard but I guess for old, face framed cabinets, the box can be weaker because the frame helps to stabilize.
It is so hard to decide :(. What would you do? Throw another 5000 for new cabinets? Or just spend a few days gel stain everything? How long can these particle board boxes last? And if I really decide to buy new cabinets, can old cabinets be recycled as storage in garages?