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Some of that depends on the wood that you are finishing. If the wood has a pinkish color then a translucent finish will allow that to bleed through. Select a white pine rather than yellow or red pine for the species if possible. Then there are two options. One is to use a pickling stain as you mentioned. The other is to pick out a shade of off white paint that has the gray tint you want. Then have it mixed in an oil based paint, thin it by 30 to 50% with paint thinner and then paint the wood with that. It will have a translucent look.. However it may be better to paint before installation if possible as the paint will be very thin and will drip easily. As always try out both options on scrap wood before doing a large amount, and let the finish dry before you decide.
January 13, 2013 at 6:49AM   
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Thank you very much! I have passed this advice on to the builder, on to the painter!
January 13, 2013 at 11:08AM   
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