I'm having my oak mantel surround & handrail stained to match laminate floor. Yes, I know oak isn't a favourite of the forum. For kitchen cabinets I chose a light maple, but to get the stain on the mantel to match the floor better- apparently oak was easier to match.
Anyways, here's my question what finish should I have them use they are going with satin varathane coating. I'm wondering is satin preferable or should it be shiny using a semi-gloss or gloss. They did a really nice job matching the stain to the floor which is mid. to dark brown.