Refinishing Restored Antique

Melinda asked 6 years ago

I have a restored cabinet that I’d like to stain. The top and sides are original (about 200 years old), but the doors and front and bottom pieces were replaced about 45 years ago. I have removed the paint from the entire cabinet. The newer pieces are probably pine or another soft wood. I really don’t know what the original wood is. I’d love to stain it to maintain the original character of the piece, but I know that the new wood will not look the same. Any suggestions, or should I just paint it?

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