Reclaimed wood can be left nearly as-is. In this rustic kitchen, the richer, deeper finish remains unadorned except for a good cleaning. Mismatched pieces were used to create the island, too, offering a complement to the brick (also reused).
DIY reclaimed or salvaged wood. This bargain diy project is easy to do if you can't find inexpensive reclaimed wood. This shows the before and after it was stained. And there's a link to assorted reclaimed wood projects!