any way to make pine close to oak in colour?

28 Jun 2005
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United Kingdom
Hi We have a 1930's house and I am decorating my bedroom. We have the original window cill which have been poorly painted in the past and I have stripped it. As expected it is pine although it seems to be of a fractionly darker and stronger quality stuff than you get at DIY places.

I ripped off the old damaged skirting boards and want to put light oak (I think it is called American Oak but not sure) skirtings in so I would like the window cill to match as much as possible. I will probably use a clear polyurathane coating on the skirtings to keep it looking the colour it comes and protect it. I definitely need to protect the window cill as my wife gets everywhere with her make up.

I know the cill will still look like pine on close inspection but if I could just get it looking similar to the oak it would be nice, any tips?

I know sometimes when I am out and you see a restaurant with light Oak beams they will have some pine too but you hardly notice the fact that it is pine as the colour is very close, so I wonder what they did when they dealt with the finishes.

Any tips or help appreciated.
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