Yes, you can do it yourself. It's a little more involved than
you suggest but it's not a complicated job -- just very time
You'll need to remove the old finish and prepare the
surface with some combination of stripping and sanding.
You may want to apply sanding sealer and/or a stain.
Then you'll apply several coats of a new finish. Polyurethane
with a foam brush is a pretty good method for a DIY job.
Laquers are typically sprayed but that takes some equipment
and practice -- probably best left for the pro's.
The process I used on my cabinets:
1. Sand down to bare wood (I tried stripper but it wasn't
any faster or easier).
2. Apply 4 coats of gloss oil-based poly with a foam brush,
lightly sanding with 400 grit between coats.
3. Degloss the final coat with 0000 steel wool and a little
You might want to carry out a test run on an inconspicuous
area, like the inside of a cabinet door, just to ensure
the final effect meets with your approval. Also, you *will*
make some (hopefully non-fatal) minor errors and develop
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