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Hey, I like that wood-design!
I'm with Georg: some stain or beeswax to seal the woodgrain might be enough. Yes, it's cheap pine, but it's not bad to look at.
Finished naturally pine is a nice wood.
Regarding your last comment: what would England be without its eccentrics? Just another sad, rationalist European nation.