Well I've gotten the first coat of stain on the Chippendale chest. The instructions said to use a mahogany or cherry stain so I decided to go with Minwax Red Mahogany. I like the color so far, but I think it will look better after another coat of stain. The instructions also said "For authenticity, when finishing drawers, finish only the drawer fronts." I'm not sure that I like the way the drawers look with only the fronts stained. Also I wasn't sure if I was supposed to stain the inside of the chest either. I would like for it to look like the original, but then again I guess I can just do it the way I want it. I can't wait to see how it looks with the hardware attached!
Have a happy Monday!