Kitchen Cabinet Staining/Faux Painting
We are remodeling our kitchen cabinets, currently stained a pickled gray color. We would like to change the color to a wood-grain medium brown. We've been told we must essentially "start from scratch" -- i.e., sand down to the bare wood and then stain the desired color, if we want to achieve this result. However, we've also been advised that there is a faux painting process that allows one to simply do a light sanding, and then apply a gel stain in sufficient coats to achieve the desired finish.
If anyone is aware of this latter technique and can explain how to use it, your help would be greatly appreciated!