This cabinet is oak and had lovely grain, but had many bumps and bruises and the finish was worn and chipped in places. The owner wanted a painted finish and we looked at several examples and found some that were similar to what she wanted. Matching up the color she wanted was a little more difficult than I anticipated. I had the examples on my Nook tablet and took it with me to match the paint up. So many of the blues didn't seem quite right. I knew that rather than do too much sanding/distressing, which I don't always like to do on older pieces, I would be using a different method that would darken the paint color anyway, so finally chose Behr Cosmic Cobalt. After removing the old finish, I painted the whole cabinet blue. I then tried a walnut stain over the paint on the drawer. I found that I didn't care for the walnut, as it gave the blue a yellowish cast and didn't darken the medallion accent piece enough. I went on to darken the whole cabinet with Minwax Mahogany Gel Stain, making sure to wipe the stain off after each segment that I did, after the 3 minutes that the directions suggest. I did a wash of watered down paint after that and wiped it. I finished it with polyacrylic. I am really happy with how this piece looks.