Getting the cabinetry ready can be tedious, but it makes a world of difference in how they look! Just remember: you’re going to be looking at your cabinets for a long time. Take the time, do the steps, and you’ll have good results!
Take off hardware and doors before using any product. You need to spread product on all of the wood surfaces, whether you pre-condition, stain, polyurethane, etc. Since the cabinets I bought were raw wood, I used a pre-conditioner first then a stain and polyurethane in one. It’s an easy 2-in-1 product that saves time and another step. Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area, no hallucinating or passing out please.
The pre-conditioner already makes the wood look softer.
Once you’ve used the stain and poly, sand with a fine grade sand paper and repeat the poly. The cabinets are well on their way to being ready to install.