When it came to the kitchen, we started off with unfinished oak everything - cabinets, panels, crown molding, kickboards, etc.
I originally picked out a mahogany gel stain. The gel kept it from dripping, but I just couldn't get it as dark as I wanted it. So I went back to Lowes and picked up the Bombay Mahogany, which is much darker. I loved it!
1 coat gel stain MinWax Mahogany
2 coats MinWax stain/polyurethane mix Bombay Mahogany
1 coat MinWax clear satin polyurethane
You end up with a nice dark colored wood with red undertones.I'm really happy with how they turned out!
If you haven't already watched it:
Video of Cabinet Staining & Wall Cabinet Mounting