The chest received a water based 'medium cherry' stain which really brought out the beauty of the Cedar. Over that we applied a water based satin finish. The inside of this cedar chest was left unfinished so that the the aroma can still be enjoyed. Growing up, I always wanted a cedar chest of my own (my mother had a beautiful hand made one with her name carved on the front). I still don't have a cedar chest, but if I did, I would want it to look just like this!