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#1 posted 01-08-2013 07:42 AM

This is one of the reasons I use stain as rarely as possible. If I want walnut look, why not walnut wood? Maple is a beautiful wood finished natural. When I was doing our kitchen cabinets out of oak (a random mix of red and white, as 95% of it was recycled wood), the granite installer asked, “what stain?” “None,” I answered. His jaw dropped. It seems to be an automatic response nowadays to want to color wood something other than what it is. Now my dad, he didn’t have a lot of money and used mostly ponderosa pine. He stained everything, mostly walnut. And what did it look like? Walnut stained pine. And blotchy, as you might expect. Eventually he started using poplar, and I admit it isn’t a very pretty greenish yellow. But most people paint it, I suspect.

I guess pretty soon we’ll be seeing inquiries about how to bleach walnut to make it look more like pine.

Sorry if this seemed to turn into a rant. I just am not a fan of stain, as you can probably tell.

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