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Old 05-08-2012, 10:18 AM   #31
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Thanks all.

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?


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Old 05-08-2012, 09:32 PM   #32
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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...

Are there considerations I am overlooking?

Thanks for all your input!
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:25 AM   #33
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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 .


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