The kitchen cabinets were in terrible shape. I removed the door and drawers, covered the whole kitchen in plastic, and started sanding off the old finish. After I sanded evrything, I stained the cabinets with a water based stain, I did 2 coats of stain. After the staining was complete, I finished the surfaces with a water based poly. I added new hinges, drawer pulls, and cabinet pulls. Here are the before and after pictures. I love that they give the kitchen a feel of being new and fresh.