Wipe on mineral spirits. Clean with ivory dish soap. Use gel stain. No need to strip the wood. ~ Learn how to refinish furniture faster and easier by avoiding stripping. A seasoned pro tells you how to clean, repair and restore old worn finishes without messy chemical strippers.
DIY: How to Refinish Cabinets Like a Pro - great tutorial shows every step it takes to get a professional finish, including how to fill holes if changing hardware & why it is SO important to number your cabinet fronts. This project cost $200 - new cabinetry would cost thousands.