you take your wallet and go to home depot and order oak doors?
pine doesn't have the grain that oak does. you may get it close to the
color, but it's hard to stain pine without it being blotchy, but you won't
get the grain, and it won't look like oak.
Never say never :o) When I refinished a friend's oak kitchen cabinets,
I discovered, after applying stripper, that the end panels had only a
printed finish on particle board!!!! After recovering from my nervous
breakdown, I applied a prime coat, actually a coat of stain brushed on
heavy and streaky. Dry. Take acrylic artist colors, black and burnt
umber, about 3/4" flat artist brush, and paint in the darkest grain.
Then, a little lighter paint to get in the secondary grain. Stain.
Varnish. Breathe. Promise yourself never to DO THAT again :o)
<< trompe l'oeil? >>
Sure, why not? Most of the box stores have faux finish kits to match common
wood graining. Takes a little finesse to apply, IOW, don't use a Wagner
PowerDrip. But I have seen some examples that were amazingly close to real oak
in appearance. Definitely worth a try.
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