I am building a display cabinet in a wall that I built a year ago, and a fireplace mantel and surround. I already have the red Oak purchased, but and sized for my display shelves and fireplace mantel/surround.
Here is where my life is a living nightmare... When we purchased the home, new, in 1996, we were told that the baseboard and trim in the house was solid Oak. It is a golden/honey oak color, and looks nice, but I learned, when I built the above mentioned wall, that the baseboard trim is an odd sized soft wood with an oak veneer over it. How cheap can you get? - NO ONE and I mean NO ONE in town (I live in a twin city with almost 200K people) who runs or provides lumber for contractors has seen this stuff in the size I have. - SO... This is my problem. I want (need to for my wifes sake and my own desire for perfection)to match the color of the baseboards, red oak, and the pine trim accents for the fireplace, and the "picture frame" around the display cabinet openeing.
Here is what I know so far.
When I bought the house, one door had a hole in it and the builder ordered a new one. They never installed it or stained it like they were supposed to. After waiting patiently, I finally told the builder to authorize me to purchase the proper stain, on his account, and I would take care of the door. - He told me where to go to get the stain and they mixed it for me. - The can is ICI brand Wood Pride. The top of the can says Candlelight - 1700-0500.
By using some test wood, I found that the Red Oak is a close match with just a coat of sanding sealer on it.
The pine trim pieces are turning into a problem though. I don't want to stain my crown molding that will mount to the mantel top, until I have things "just right". I've tried the following stains on scrap pine and got the following results.
All pine scrap was sanding sealed first.
Golden Oak - Too dark - Almost a black color
Dark Oak - WAY too dark
Honey Maple - Minwax Gel - Too Orange, but close
Provincial - Bad!!! - REAL BAD!!! - Dark
Natural - Just that... Natural.
Colonial Maple - Olympic - Close, but seems a little light.
PLEASE help if anyone can. How can I take the Colonial Maple and make it a TAD darker, or what can I use to match the red oak, with a natural or sanding sealer coat on it?