Here's what we came up with:
We had lots of doors to stain.
Next time I will be sure to get wood conditioner, so the stain will apply more evenly. There was some splotchiness that I wasn't thrilled about on the top of the bench. I corrected it, by staining it darker, but then the doors ended up being lighter. I think the two tones look fine, but it wasn't planned. See our food storage buckets kickin' around the kitchen?
Check out my awesome new kitchen table next week!
Good luck on your projects!