The color is called Gray Tabby and I sealed it with minwaxs provincial stain. I measured and taped off the stripes onto the back with blue painters tape. Then after some heavy distressing, I applied a thick coat of stain. Im in love.
Toile in cabinet - for when I need to prove to husband this is historically accurate ... "Toile was often used on the interiors of cabinets. (Photo courtesy of House Beautiful)" Consider doing panels for the back of dining room built-ins too.