I’m in the process of building a rustic bar in the basement. The bar was skinned with some reclaimed oak timber that I had sawn down to about a 1/2” thick and planed on the backside. I rough sanded the front with some 50 grit and then wire brushed it. Blew out the dust and then coated it with some Varathane. It started out with a gray patina even after prep, but when I coated it, the brown tones reappeared. I was actually more pleased with the outcome. Any how… For some contrast on the top (and because it was free, LOL), I’m going to use some southern yellow pine. It is rough sawn but it’ll be planed on both sides and sanded at least on the topside. Since this is a bar top / counter top, and liquids are a concern, what would be a suitable finish for the top?? I lean towards a satin finish when going rustic. I plan on leaving it natural (no stain) and may even experiment with some torching accents for a more rustic appeal. I do like to accent the grain on woods, so what is a good method to make the grain on this species pop before the topcoat? Also, should I coat both sides for humidity control? Thanks in advance for your help. Pics to follow so you can get a feel for the setting.