If you stain pine, I also suggest to use a pre conditioner or a washcoat which is a sealer reduced 1:1 with thinner. After applying washcoat, scuff sand with 320 grit.
I did a platform pine bed for a friend of mine with a "honey brown" stain I made with dye concentrates, reduced 1 part stain with 3 parts acetone and I spray applied it wet. Then I applied 1 coat of straight sealer, then I took some van dyke brown and dry brushed some areas to give it more of an abstract look with more emphasis on the head board. Then one more coat of sealer and a 10 sheen lacquer, again, everything was sprayed.
A "Gold Honey" or "Antique pine" color would look great.
This picture was similar to what I did, or what I ended up with I should say.
Last edited by RandyReed; 10-13-2014 at 09:12 PM.