Hello, I've been reading some good advice from you all and have a few questions. We are starting to design our new kitchen and are kind of working backwards now. Our budget was for red oak but we are not liking the dark stain on red oak. It ends up looking very 70s. I have seen a ton of oak cabs refinished with GF java gel stain and they look great but I've read its a different process for unfinished oak. I want a color between the GF cherry and java colors with a more even appearance and less graining. So I guess my question is... should I stay with oak and pay the finisher to do multiple steps or just pay the up charge to go with alder or maple (which i know is also hard to stain dark but has less grain)?