It's such a pretty piece, let's look at it some more.
Oh yeah, It's time to talk about the staining process. For the light color, I used Minwax Polyshades. It is a stain and polyurethane all in one can. It is called Pecan Satin. A quart is about $13.
I used foam brushes and let the first coat dry for a few hours and then did a second coat. That REALLY brought out the grain.
On the cabinet doors, I used Minwax English Chestnut. They didn't have that color with the built in polyurethane. The lady at Home Depot was an ace at matching wood samples of the bus that I had brought in.
I brought her some light stained stuff that we had removed, as well as a section of flooring. She has been matching paints and stains for 15 years. I actually "painted" the dark stain on the cabinet doors to emulate the finish in the flooring. Then in order to get the satin finish, I used the light stain as the second coat.