Our bathroom was sad, and those cabinets were just bringing the whole place down. But I knew that with a little work, they could be oh so much better. There are some good tutorials around about staining your bathroom cabinets using gel stain, and that is probably a really good idea. We like to blaze new trails and generally make things harder on ourselves so we just picked up a can of Miniwax in a dark brown tone at our local home improvement store.
Apparently, with gel stain, sanding everything down is not such a big deal. You really just need to rough it up. Not so, with a regular stain and especially with the type of wood we were working with. If we missed any little bit of stain when sanding, the new stain we were laying down WOULD NOT take. At all.
So we did this fun thing where we sanded, stained, got frustrated, and sanded again. Not recommended.