So many online products promise spectacular results and fail miserably. Happy to report this is not one of them. I used an old gray metal printer stand to experiment with. Brushed on two coats of Retique It medium for full coverage, then used a rag and stain from Home Depot (Kona color). Turned out beyond expectations, looks really good. Stain is actually darker than in the photo because of the flash, but this piece can now actually be used in my office for storage, almost matches the desk.