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Topic tags/keywords: question pine finishing refurbishing rustic

Newbie here. I am almost done with my first major project – an entry table built from recycled pallet wood – I believe it’s pine. The table still needs doors and the bottom. I was going for a rustic look which I think I managed to achieve. My initial idea was to stain it as dark oak or walnut (to match the rest of the furniture in the room) followed by matte urethane. Now that I look at the finished product I think I would like to preserve that rustic look with the darker shade between the planks. At the same time, I don’t want it to be too light and look out of place. Would be grateful for a push in the right direction.


-- Alex

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#1 posted 536 days ago

If I understood correctly. I suggest you seal it and apply a toner with a spray gun if you have access to one. This’ll add a light color (your choice of dye). Then just apply another coat afterwards of your finish.

Yes that is pine.

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#2 posted 536 days ago

Well I would go a diffrent way a good coat of mimiwax stain say English chestnut and to top that off a fow coats of ploy will work. That well gave you the rustic look.

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#3 posted 536 days ago

Do yourself a favor and treat these works as individual pieces, not as a set of something. Often, coloring something to “match” just looks wrong. Let the piece determine how it should be finished. You’ll be happy in the long run. If you ever NEED something to match, build it in a style that will match.

If it’s pine, I’d probably give it some blonde shellac and then wax it.

-- jay,

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#4 posted 536 days ago

I was thinking a simple Danish oil or Tung oil followed by a coat of paste wax. I’m no finishing expert, but that would darken it a little bit, but not too much and still maintain a pretty rustic look. I used BLO on reclaimed heart pine and I think it looked awesome…

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#5 posted 536 days ago

For the rustic look I like Minwax Golden Oak followed by a couple of thinned coats of Minwax poly. Gives it a nice amber gold color, but grain and effects show through.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 536 days ago

Thank you guys for responding.

Jay – I agree, the idea of matching pieces has to be ditched.

I was looking at various projects and I think Danish oil is what I am looking for. Really don’t want it to be glossy so will go with two coats of that and then post the finished project.

Have a great weekend everyone!

-- Alex

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