Tongue & Groove Knotty Pine


Old 11-18-08, 03:19 PM
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Tongue & Groove Knotty Pine

We have installed tongue & groove knotty-pine on the walls in our cabin in northern Michigan. I'd like to recreate that color reminiscent of the 50's...that will give it the "up north cabin" feel I recall from that time. What do you suggest?
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Old 11-18-08, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by sgenovesi View Post
I'd like to recreate that color reminiscent of the 50's
you're not very specific in the description of your color. Is it whitewashed, like a pickled white stain, or is it golden yellow, as most types of varnish yellowed with age? Questions on staining and varnishing are best answered in the forum on wood finishing:
Old 11-19-08, 03:46 AM
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If I remember correctly, my dad used something like Spar Varnish or Orange Varnish, not sure. Over time it will age into that "orangish" color so reminiscent of the 50's. Actually the color, I found out, was due to the aging of the varnish, and was unintentional at first, but it became the standard on knotty pine.
Old 11-20-08, 06:57 AM
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To achieve the orange look on knotty pine, use orange (sometimes called amber) shellac.

The more coats, the deeper the color.

Topcoat with standard varnish - not polyurethane

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