Decided to go with dark cabinetry for the kitchen. The dark color works in contrast to with the flooring and stainless steel appliances. This choice is against my hard push for off-white cabinetry. While polling I found the off-white color to be predictable. I stained the some sample boards to find the right color. The popular wood has a greenish hue with dark variation. The process for staining the wood is two stepped. The first pass to even out the color variation and the next as a final staining. I used a Golden Oak stain followed with an ebony stain. The results are a nice espresso brown hand rubbed to perfection.
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