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Matching Old Pine

Wayne Lee

We are doing a 100-year-old home now with Southern yellow pine in half the house and reclaimed heart pine in the rest. They want both to have the same look while keeping the character that both offer… I dislike interior decorators at times. They just do not understand what stain and finish do to wood. I had to do three repairs in the yellow pine with new pine, making it look 100 years old and matching the color.  You know that was a task … worm holes and old faded finish. I mixed Gunstock, Medium Brown and Provincial to get the look; then the decorator said it did not look right. I told her to wait till the finish gets on the wood and then say something.

Well, she could not say a word after the finish hit it! I'm very happy with our work at the job; it does all look the same. We got the heart pine looking rich and the yellow pine looking renewed. We are done ahead of time-three days, in fact.

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