How to finish my pine beadboard
Hello. I built an addition on my home, including a family room. I have installed knotty pine bead board 40" up from the floor, capped it with chair rail, and put a nice, high baseboard on the bottom. I have also trimmed out the windows and doorways with knotty pine. The floor is Golden Oak laminate, wide plank.
I would like to maintain the natural look of the pine, but I know I need to seal it somehow. What should I use? I have some floor sealer (used it on the oak steps on the stairway leading to the room), and I also have some shellac. Would it be better to use a stain on it? I want it to have a country/rustic/comfortable feel and look to it, and I want to try and avoid having to strip it down and re-coat it 5 or 6 years from now. Thanks for any suggestions!