I would try half and half first and if that’s too red for you try 3/4 walnut and 1/4 chestnut. None of which I am excited about but selected golden pecan becAuse it seems the safest. From the photos it looks like the floor guy did a great job as well. If you find out what was causing it please come back and let us know. Think about the ambiance of the room you’re hoping to obtain when choosing colors. Yes you’re going to have a hard time getting a color that “doesn’t hide all the grain & interesting burls… but that also brings a little uniformity to the sometimes wild tonal variation between all the planks – without looking like we just painted the floors.”. Hope you find what you’re looking for. It may be there last time being sanded. thank you Colleen. 2. it didn’t give me a nice grey. Unfortunately no, we haven’t worked with Blackbutt yet. The espresso stain is an elegant, sophisticated look. That’s why you should never choose colors from a photo :). Any suggestions on how to fill gaps? Any help is much appreciated. Here is the extensive colored oils Rubio Monocoat has available…. The flooring guy stained the floor with Durseal Gunstock and the floor looked orange.Yuck! Lighter floors can be better for small dark rooms as they will brighten them up, making them look bigger because they reflect light. And they look great when done properly as you can see with this stain mix of Sedona Red + Ebony…. One of the best places to see different flooring styles and colors is in that stack of home decoration and renovation magazines you have piled up in a corner somewhere. Hope that helps. Tadas your site is extremely helpful. These extreme colors tend to go out of style quickly though, the two colors above won’t. See more ideas about floor stain, staining wood, floor colors. I like the Provincial, but was looking to go a little darker – I don’t like red undertones. You’ll get a much better idea that way and it’ll be fun to do together :). he will seal the floors this thursday…..would really appreciate any advice. I don’t have any pictures of dark floors with neutral cabinets, but on our ‘Photos’ page we have a few pictures of a project (2nd one from top in Orland Park) that has dark cabinets and neutral floors. I am not sure if you are still responding to this blog, but I have a real problem I am hoping you can help me with… We want to stain our red oak floors a dark color. Now we’re seeing a bit of a swing back to lighter colored stained floors, while still having many clients choose a dark stain. Try a small amount first and make sure you record how much you used of each. We’ll try out Golden Pecan, Golden Oak, Puritan Pine and Natural. The kind of flooring you have shouldn’t be the only deciding factor though. The Dangers of Hardwood Floor Refinishing, A Blast from the Past: Wood Floors in the 1800’s, A Blast from the Past: Wood Floors in the 1920’s. There are a number of factors that will affect whether you should stain your floors and what stain color best suits your home, all of which need to be taken into consideration before making a decision. It’s still very “farmhouse” feeling, but with a new twist! How frustrating! But I don’t have a clue about finishing or staining. The other ways you can change up the color of your floor is to use a colored hardwax oil like Rubio Monocoat or Pallmann Magic Oil, or use a dye. Duraseal has a huge color selection with 37 beautiful color choices currently offered. Sorry for the delay… been a busy month here. You definitely need to sand more wood off the floors in these cases though. Our furniture is similiar in coloring. Then take some scrap wood or a section of the floor that will be covered (like under the fridge) and test them out. Still running the dehumidifier (December 2019 in WI). We do not want really dark floors. Espresso. After reading your reply and realizing the challenge I was up against with trying to make three different types of woods match, I decided to play it safe and keep all the floors their natural color. Do we need to re stain with the same golden oak to match the baseboards, window trim and casing or can we go a shade or two darker on the dining room floor? There is another possible option that is a bit out there but could work if done well. Many stairways, especially those in older homes, were built to be a house’s showpiece, and when time wears on them, they deserve careful restoration. If the joints were tight to begin with, could aggressive sanding get rid of the remaining stain or is it something that you just have to live with? I know that I have asked you alot of questions and hope that I’m not taking too much of your time! For gaps, make sure they aren’t seasonal. Maybe I should do a more in depth blog post about this down the road. Need to make a decision soon. Just had our red oak floors refinished and stained with dura seal coffee brown. We are currently planning to stain our oak hardwood floors. I thought about mixing Early American wth Red Chestnut but Dura doesn’t make Red Chestnut. Can you give me the specifics on the stain used called “Golden Brown”??? 1) I know your windows are small, but if you have light colored walls you could blend the two floors all in together with a darker stain. I can tell you really love what you do. Your email address will not be published. Maybe by the time you reply the job will be completed, but I still want to know your input. Thanks for the compliments, glad you enjoyed it. Sorry you have to deal with this, I know it can be frustrating when you invest a lot of money and things don’t turn out exactly how you want them to. A shade darker would look perfectly fine. Thank you for taking the time to comment Faviola and I hope your hardwood floor refinishing project goes well! It is very warm and elegant. I know that this used to be done many years ago. So my point is, make sure you get references and pay the extra few dollars. You want something that will ground your room/s styling and not clash with your décor. I would suggest getting a pro to come out and have a look for you in person. You can see it here on this floor but that’s because it’s the natural color of the wood: http://www.houzz.com/photos/87707/Oakley-Home-Builders-traditional-kitchen-chicago, Thankfully you can buy small tins of stain cheap. To be honest, it will most likely not be dark enough still if you try this. If the finish doesn’t adhere properly, I’m sorry to say, but your husband may be sanding all over again :(. Sorry about the delay in replying, I was at a national trade event with my employees for a few days – keeping up on the latest hardwood flooring advancements. As my advice is always… test a few mixes on a scrap piece first. My home has original oak floors from 1885 that are very thin at this point. I really like the look of the darker colors and don’t love anything “reddish”. Is chestnut too close? Do you have any suggestions? You won’t get an exact match but you’ll definitely get something you’ll be super happy with. I like your fantastic web site. Whatever your taste is, dark, lighter floors, red hues, grey or brown and all the shades in between, you will have no trouble finding a color that fits in perfect with your home. Complete nightmare! The worst that can happen is you don’t like it and you choose another blend. I have white cabinetry (BM white dove) cabinets and trim throughout the house with an espresso island and butler pantry. Sorry if that’s not much help but color is so subjective and it’s very hard to know from the other side of a computer screen. I appreciate your response. The issue will be with the fir and cypress, the oak takes a stain well but the other two are more challenging to get even coverage. –Frank. My floor guy didnt do any samples for me. But in the flooring industry, those are referred to as ‘finishes’. We have laid 5″ white oak with character everywhere and are trying to decide on a Minwax stain. Thoughts! Thanks! It’s a pretty typical colonial, in the woods with stone walls and white picket fence outside. Thanks Tadas. The Castle brown was too dark. I would do a test patch of Golden Oak like you suggested and also one of Natural. Without actually seeing the stains and floor it’s hard to say if they’ll be covered up by staining or not unfortunately. Classic Gray. Thank you. Don’t want to go too light as it doesn’t match our look & afraid of choosing a color that is too orange. Hi tadas I have enjoyed reading the blog but have a question of my own my husband and I are building a home and I need to pick out the color I want for my floors I really love the darker shades but I am nervous my 115 lb dog is going to ruin them everyone keeps telling me if we go to dark it will show all the scratches is this true?? I thought from the samples taken it would be darker. Remember… test patches are your friend :). Thanks for coming back and giving us an update with your experience, we appreciate that a lot. You won’t be able to stain again anyway as it looks like there is already a finish coat on the floors. There is some very good information about staining heart pine flooring in this pdf attachment (from the NWFA) here you should read: http://www.heartpine.com/resources/downloads/finishing.pdf. I am also planning to get stager decorate the house but I am struggling to select the stain color. Street Shoe is a reputable brand of finish you you can rest assured knowing your floors will be fine. I just got guy installed Red Oak hardwood floor, can you advice what color should I go with should I stain or leave it natural. Since I decided, JUST to have the floors sanded and polyurethane, I thought any floor guy should be able to do that. We are getting ready in next few months to tear out carpet and put down red oak wood floors. I don’t want any reddish hues and the dark stains made it look grainy and sort of dirty. If your floor guy was great and you’re happy with his work do him a huge favour and write a nice review on Google for him. We have a home that is full of golden oak and don’t want to paint or replace at this time. For a timeless color I would suggest Antique Brown or Spice Brown. Common is more rustic and has more “defects” (if that’s how you view them) compared to higher grades like “select”. Any suggestions? We are currently planning to stain our oak hardwood floors. Scratches will show through easier and dust will be much more noticeable on the surface. Thanks, you have so much helpful information! Aged Barrel. I have 2 questions for you: 1) The polyurethane has started to peel up along the edges of the boards. The kitchen is cheap natural colored pergo, which looks fine against the Red Chestnut. It’s easy to see why this can be such a dilemma for some people, your floors will have a huge impact on the look of your home and if you get them wrong, you’ll be stuck with them for a long, long time. Our kitchen cabinets are the same color as the floor, neutral. Keep in mind, we are finishing them off with a water base matte finish…I hope that doesn’t effect the final outcome…Any advise would be greatly appreciated. These are much trickier to apply evenly though and are not really DIY friendly. Also when looking at that floor remember you’re not seeing a real representation of the actual color. – it looks terrible! I have a ton of sunlight and feel they are too yellow. Can you recommend a color for downstairs, and what do you think of the idea of two different colors in the house? SCARED, they are beginning to stain Friday. This will give the best “color match” between the different floors but may be too dark for your taste. Does special walnut minwax over red oak select leave a medium brown overall look without seeing so much graining? I would really like to go light (RM 5% Smoke or Vanilla). We always recommend for clients with dogs to keep their nails properly clipped to reduce damage too. They had been stained originally, and it took quite a bit of sanding to get down to pure oak again, but I was careful to remove all evidence of the old finish. Hi Tadas! On top of that there are many colored products that can be used from hardwax oil companies like Rubio Monocoat, Pallmann and Loba. Aug 30, 2013 - Check out Stylish Floors N Mores custom flooring work and give us a call for a free estimate at 631-642-0906 It's been 3 years since my first farmhouse tour post; and as many of you know, we've made LOTS of changes and updates in the last 3 years! Or if you think it looks good at it is. The actual color can be seen closer to the door in the strip of light.”. I’m not loving the colour:((((( any suggestions? If I pursue this it needs to have alot of wow factor. To get the deeper darker color you will need to water pop your floor. You don’t install wood floors, just refinish? One more question re. It might be best to re-sand the entire floor – old and new – to make it the same color and sheen. Thank you in advance, Nope, no need to match. I did experiment with a natural mix but the color was a bit uninspired. Coffee Brown. You can see Bona Stain Chart here. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Shop Minwax Wood Finish Oil-Based Stain Mocha Interior Stain (Quart) in the Interior Stains department at Lowe's.com. Thanks Tadas. Websites like Houzz are great for looking at photos too. Thank you very much for writing quality content for people like me to read and research. Personally, I would suggest sanding them back, water popping and staining again. Great website, wish you worked in Mequon Wi! Our flooring guy has done two samples so far, one us very light (he said that was just grey over the red oak) and the other was darker when he first applied it but as it dried it lightened up and picked up a bluish tinge (that was called Slate). You have beautiful floors. We are looking to stain our red oak floors a dark grey. Looks pretty good, except in a few spots I have what appears to be bleed back in the joints between boards. We have got a sample piece of wood and have stained it. Only 30 minutes drying time is needed before a lacquer sealer coat can be sprayed. Dark floors will absorb light and have the opposite effect. Unfortunately you have no other choice but to sand the floors to bare wood again and start from scratch if you want to change the stain color. My goal is to create a warm cozy feel. You should be able to pretty quickly see what you like and even more importantly what shades you don’t like with the big samples they have on display. I’m pretty sure it was Duraseal. How do you apply stain without losing the natural color variation in the wood? If you’re really worried about white lines then a hardwax oil finish like OSMO or Pallmann Magic Oil would be a good option. Country White. We have installed #2 common red oak, 2 1/4″ planks, throughout the house & plan to finish them with Rubio Monocoat. We have been unable to achieve this (hovers around 42-43%). Thanks! B) Put stain in the finish and applied too thick. Hi. Hi there, we recently sanded and stained our oak floors. Good luck Teresa, let us know how it turns out. Can you please advice me. To answer your question, I always pre-face these type of answers with… it’s tough to anwer without seeing your home in person. Color : English Chestnut; Feature : Ultimate stain for speed and convenience; Unique : Rich color and duration; Unit of Measure : 1 Gallon; In Stock – Contact your local branch. Congratulations on the new home. Wall color will be light tone (cream or very light coffee). Hi, we have #2 red oak floors, that we will be refinishing. No more 70’s orange oak floors if you don’t want to stain. It's hard to describe colors, but if I worked for Miniwax Color Naming Dept., I would call it Pecan. An “almost mahogany” color is a pretty wide range of shades unfortunately. i say start doing it this way and down the road, if you really don’t like it, you can paint it then :). And yes we would water pop the floor to make the floor take the stain darker still. AND, they can be mixed and/or layered for pretty much unlimited color choice. Lighter floors are considerably easier to maintain and keep looking clean. Oak floors can look great left their natural color as you can see in this photo…. After four passes (starting at 40 ending at 100) the original stain was still creeping through the pores of the soft grain and between the planks in a number of places. (total agreement, the Jacobean really fell short on my floors – maybe it’s better on white oak) Good luck :). I’m pretty sure it was Duraseal. I read somewhere (can’t find it now) that you can mix walnut (or dark walnut…I can’t remember which) with english chestnut for a really nice look. That floor looks great. We have tried a handful of Rubio colors- castle brown, Ice brown, dark oak, and pure – and can’t seem to find something we like. 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