I mentioned earlier about the special stain I use...ALL THE TIME! I love the richness that it gives the wood. Its none other than Provincial 211! It stains and seals all in one. I love how it gets down in the cracks and gives a good aged look when I want it too. I love how it changes my left over green paint into the best green ever. I will be so sad when I run out of this opps paint because it works so well with the sauce! Now the "sauce" can be tricky if you are not careful. On these boards that I did for a job in December I didn't leave the sauce on for long. They wanted a lighter look rather than aged. While working with the sauce you just never know how its gonna turn out but let me just tell you... I have always been happy with my results. Now you may want to go a bit lighter or darker or even red tones. Its just what fits your fancy. Now remember what kind of wood you choose plays a big roll in how your sauce will look. I use pine most of the time but just a tip... take a piece and paint a small spot. After it drys you can stain the painted area and get an idea of how it will look. Have fun stain'in....and remember...the secret is in the sauce!