But as soon as we finished installing all the wood, I had a thought that staining the wood might be even better. So I photoshopped the two options (paint or stain) and…well…long story short, we went back and forth with our decision 4-5 times with full conviction. After 30+ test stain attempts, we finally found a stain we love and that’s what we’re going to do!
We’ve landed on 1 coat of Simply White by Minwax and 1 coat of Antique Walnut by General Finishes. I mean look at all that texture!! THIS is why I wanted rough sawn pine as opposed to standard pine…the second you apply stain, the ridges and indents create to most beautiful texture that so closely resembles authentic old wood.
It’s actually darker than what we were initially aiming for, but after some thought we realized it’s as light as it could go before starting to compete with the other wood tones in our house. It’ll be a cozy room with so much character and we’re fully on board with this plan! As of right now, the plan is to start staining next week!