Originally Posted by Jim McClain
I have raw pine t&g boards that are very smooth (they came this way from Lowe's - plank paneling). I would like to make them look aged and kind of graying. I'm looking for the simplest method to do this. I have lung disease and can't exert myself too much, so I'd like maybe a stain or something that can be done in just a couple of steps. I plan to coat the finished product in a water based urethane.
Try an alcohol based stain, the color of your liking, and topcoat with a slow drying waterbased varnish, like Varathane. Take a sample board to your local paint store and they will do a match for you.