I have two large antique crates I've repurposed into a bookshelf and a tv stand. One is stained.
My understanding is that I should seal/protect the wood. I don't want anything shiny though, and I can't seem to find a decent matte finish that doesn't leave a "foggy" residue. I thought satin was still fairly shiny after I tested it out, and I rather preserve the natural aged beauty of the wood if possible.
Any suggestions? Should I seal it? What do you recommend?