I'm watching this thread with interest. The "dirty lemon" is such a pretty result of a "happy accident" of a finish. I'm a long time woodworker, but strictly a novice at applying finish. The idea of adding a little blue or red to a totally different color to help bring it out wouldn't have occurred to me. I've been experimenting with finishes and colorings myself and I've kind of gravitated towards Jeff Jewitts products since he's a local guy and his products are very available. I started with the Mixol tints because they are relatively cheap, but I finally bit the bullet (and pulled out my wallet!) and bought a small assortment of the TransTint dyes. Wow, what a difference! For a transparent type finish they make Mixol look like mud. 20 bucks is a lot of money for 2 ounces of color, but it sure goes a long way. The best of Luck to you with your finish, Pot Pie! Best Regards, Geo.