So my sister has requested floating shelves for christmas. Simple enough so I aquired some decent pine from a not to old chest and I am cleaning that up now. I will then get some precut crown molding or trim to make the sides. Figure the project will go really fast. She requested that the finish be a deep chocolate brown so I am thinking espresso. Does anyone have success changing pine into such a dark brown? I only have experience with paints and stains so any in depth advise would be greatly appreciated. Also, since there maybe 2 different types of wood what are your thoughts on just going with a dark brown paint then topping it with a poly? Sounds like it could work.