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How to make Pine look like White oak!

How to make Pine look like White oak!

Hey everyone! Welcome to my very first blog post! Its all about how my husband and I discovered how to make plain old Pine wood look like white oak. Pretty amazing hey? I know! I’ve been searching for a stain that would replicate the pretty light tones of white oak for awhile. Without the burden of having to spend the money on actual white oak. Because, let me tell ya, it aint cheap. SO without further ado, here’s the tutorial!


Okay so here is what you’re going to need! Everything listed can be found at your local hardware store.

  • 120 grit sanding block (or an orbital sander if you have one)

  • A rag, any old rag will be fine!

  • A 2 inch sponge brush

  • Varathane Golden Oak stain

  • Minwax white wash pickling stain


The first thing you are going to do, is sand down your piece of pine. You can use a sanding block or an orbital sander. An orbital sander is not necessary here! So don’t worry if you don’t have one. Once the pine is sanded down, lightly apply the Varathane Golden Oak stain to the wood with your rag. Make sure you are light handed here, its crucial for it to turn out properly. Once it has dried, it should look like the photo above- every wood grain is different on each piece of wood, so it won’t look identical to ours. But it should look pretty close!


Once the stain has completely dried, you can apply the Minwax White wash pickling stain over the previous stain. I like to apply the white wash as smoothly as possible with the sponge brush. It should look something like this when its applied. You don’t need to be too light handed for this step. The goal is to wash out the orange tones of the previous stain. We do one side at a time to avoid the white wash becoming to strong. So once you’ve applied the white wash, you can wait a minute, then wipe it off with a rag.


As you can see above, the first board is complete! This is what they look like immediately after wiping away the white wash. After a few hours they sink in a bit more. Below is a picture of white oak hardwood floors, this is EXACTLY what I was going for, and I feel like they look almost identical! Every piece of wood is different, and I LOVE that. Our shelves ended up looking a little bit more grey than the last set we did, due to the grain in the wood. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!

ps. We have never put poly over this stain. We were nervous that it would yellow it and take away from the white wash. Once we try this out I will be sure to share what happens!


I hope you guys enjoyed my very first blog post! It was my most requested tutorial, and I’m soooo happy i’ve finally shared the secret with you all! If you use this DIY yourself please share it with me! I’d love to see your successful projects! Be sure to follow me on instagram and tag me if you try it out! You guys rock.

ps. below is photos of our previous projects, where we have used this custom stain!