Great DIY story😊 The expert at the Woodcraft store (along with my woodworker friend) recommended we use Wood Juice. Honestly, we were sold on the name alone, not to mention the fact it boasts being able to prevent checking, cracking and warping in wood.
Gel staining a kitchen. The bottom is the old golden oak and the top is the new java stain. Looks a 1000 times better and updates the kitchen with very little money. Java Gel Stain by General Finishes is also available at Rockler and Woodcraft stores.