I just finished cutting out my very first project today (the entryway bench/shelf unit). I want it dark like the espresso finishes but with a hint of red undertones (maybe mahogany?) for warmth. What stain(s) do I use to get the desired effect? Or is there a paint that would give the same tones? OH...I'm using pine if that matters. My husband thinks it would be better just to paint it and get it done but I want to eventually get all my furniture to match and I want this darker color so I'm willing to put in a bit more elbow grease to get it the way I want it right from the start.
Thanks for the help.