Have you gel stained your oak cabinets?
We don't have $ in our budget to do a complete kitchen remodel, so we're looking at trying to gel stain our '90s oak cabinets a darker color, putting on new hardware and replacing the laminate countertops with silestone or starone. Have you gel stained your existing oak cabinets and have pictures? How intense was the gel stain application? Did you have to sand everything down, or just apply to clean surface? What kind of countertops are best for existing oak cabinets? I've heard that placing granite on top is not a good idea, because it so heavy.