This is one of those topics I've googled to death and got pretty much a 50-50 split on opinions (finish, don't finish).
My project is a 16x30 room, R36 insulation, vaulted ceiling, vapor barrier. A cabin / camp now but will be heated year round once finished. So I guess I can roll the dice and put it up as is (finished on one side) - or unstack a bit at a time - lay it out, seal the back, ends, etc. and then nail it up.
Sorry for jumping on this thread - I wonder how the original poster finally made out with their project?
I am thinking about using a couple of coats of amber shellac... "supposedly" easy to apply and quick to dry, and would only need a light sand btwn coats.. I personally like the warmth of the 50's look...
Hi RimShot 65 - I went with a "whitewash" (I think they also call this a pickle stain) on pine boards for a few reasons:
- brightens the room (which we want)
- doesn't hide the the natural grain of the wood
- nice compromise between rustic (me) and contemporary (wife) - I could live in a cedar box but...
That's probably not much help, but just tossing it in there FWIW - particularly the first point. I love the natural beauty of cedar, white/knotty/red pine - with or without a clear finish. But in our space even with a good amount of natural light coming in the top side is really dark - when I saw some samples of these boards from the mill I was sold.
Now I just wish I knew enough to have insisted on getting them sealed all around - although they did do a beautiful job on the exposed sides, IMHO .