Making pine look like oak (Stain)

fountainhughesSeptember 29, 2007

I am currently installing a floor in my home with red oak flooring. This flooring will be going down the hallway and into all the bedrooms. My question is this...all of the doors going into the rooms are pine 6 panel solid wood doors. I have priced solid oak doors to replace the pine ones at a price of $1500.00 for 6 doors. Is there a way to make my pine doors look like oak? I have done alot of faux work in the past so I am not afraid to tackle something like this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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HandyMac

No. Even with faux finishes---too much grain detail in oak to replicate.

I do sympathize, since my youngest son/DIL flipped a house with much the same situation---pine trim, darker floating floors and had to replace three oak doors----we never did find a suitable solution. I did manage to stain the oak doors to match the original doors closely enough to match for most peoples taste---but the overall effect is still 'off'.

Best solution in your case, IMHO, is to paint the trim and doors. That takes any discord due to wood grain/texture differences out of the picture.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2007 at 9:32AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

mac is right, two species will not look alike, no matter what you do with stain or technique.

However, woods always look nice together.

When staining the pine doors, be sure they are sanded to fresh wood. When staining, rub the stain across the grain in generous amounts. When finished rubbing across the grain, rub the stain with the grain and allow to penetrate to preferred tone.

SW has a wiping stain that works better than most shelf-brands of stains. You may want to visit them for
options.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wiping Stain

    Bookmark   September 29, 2007 at 10:46AM
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fountainhughes

Thank you so much for all your input! I just got another quote from Lowes for $325.00 for six-panel solid oak pre-hung doors. I'll have to choose between pine or oak... Thanks again!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2007 at 8:59PM
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randymeyer

Why do the doors have to match the floors? Different species of woods mixed together not only creates visual interest but it is very common. I have red oak floors with a natural finish, painted frames with 6-panel pine doors stained a medium brown/cherry color. I can email you pics if you would like.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 5:48PM
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annzgw

Have to agree with randy. I have white oak floors with fir doors. The floors aren't as dark as they appear in the pic but it will give you a visual.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 7:54PM
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ann,

That is gorgeous!

The varibles in the wood panels are also a very
attractive look. You just can't beat natural wood
for warmth and beauty.

Michael

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 8:25PM
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annzgw

Thanks Michael. The builder did a great job on this home.........he changed the flooring to tile in the kitchen and added Hickory cabinets. A peninsula base (hickory) butts against the oak flooring........looks great together!

He built this home for himself, but unfortunately passed away 3 months before finishing it. I think of him often and fully appreciate all the love and attention to detail that he put into this home.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 12:24PM
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randymeyer

Annz,
My house looks almost identical to the above pic with the exception of the beadboard wainscot and the 10' ceilings. The stain color, painted trim with crown mold and the wall color are almost the same.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 2:10PM
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ranger11

I installed new pine doors, with oak jams and oak moulding I would like to use a stain that would make all the wood look nice together in a light tone.
Thanks,
Chris

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 9:12AM
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millworkman

Nothing will really make them look anything alike

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 9:24AM
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millworkman

Nothing will really make them look anything alike

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 9:25AM
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millworkman

Nothing will really make them look anything alike

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 9:27AM
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