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Wood floors: stained + ready for action

Did you ever have so much going on in your brain that you feel like it’s only halfway functioning? My mind is like a bogged down computer and it’s running sloooooow. And that’s a shame because there’s no time to waste. We have a serious remodel on our hands.

Last I left you on the wood floor project was that the new floors had been installed and a stain choice needed to be made. After much debate, we chose the stain in the far left corner (closet to the photographer)…the lightest one. Who would’ve thought? I knew it would darken over time (so I didn’t want to go too dark), and I also know I’m not the cleanest of the bunch, so lighter seemed to fit us better. And of course, I loved the look as well.

Just to recap the floor journey, we went from this…

To this…

To this…

I am happy to report we are in LOVE! Whew. It truly was a stressful decision, but both Kyle and I (without talking to each other) landed on the same stain color, so we were hopeful we’d both be happy with the end result. The floors look a little red in the first photo, but I can assure you they are not. The floors also look dusty, and I can assure you they are. The final seal won’t go on the floors until all the renovating is complete (so we can cover any mishaps that might happen in the next remodeling phase) and once the top coat is on, they will look shiny and new:). The folks at Union Floor Co. did a killer job and we are incredibly thankful for their attention to detail and for crafting a customized stain that’s perfect for us.

What does this room currently look like? A mess. One big dusty mess.

Gotta keep it real, right? Remodeling is hectic and messsssy.

Next up: paint updates! No rest for the wicked.

Wood floor stain options

Choosing a stain is hard. Like really, really hard.

And that’s probably because it’s a big decision. It’s expensive, so there are no “do-overs” if you don’t like it. It also sets the tone for the home – too dark of a stain can make a room feel heavy and cold, and too light of a stain can make a room just feel blah. And, in our case, the entire first floor will be wood. There’s no escaping our stain color. We will literally “live” with the color we choose for a long, long time. No pressure, right? HA!

Let me step back a bit. We chose wood floors because they are timeless, versatile, and we love the overall look of them. We also chose them because we had really, really beautiful wood in 75% of the house, so we thought we’d just add on to what we inherited with the home. This choice though, was a BIG investment. So we really don’t want to screw it up. We want to do this job right. So much so, we hired Union Floor Co., a local company that has been in business for 100 years. They’ve seen it all, and are total experts when it comes to wood/staining/sanding/care.

As I mentioned here, we decided to “seam” the new wood floors in with the old wood floors, and I’m happy to report you’d never ever guess the floors weren’t all laid 50 years ago. Once the floors are sanded and stained, they will truly appear to be seamless.

Now, for the stain. I wish I could tell you the color of all 5 of these stains (the small natural stain in the lower right-hand corner is just that – the natural color), but Union Floor custom mixed them for us, so I don’t have specific color names handy. I showed them a few photos and asked them to give me a range of stains, from super dark to medium, and this is what they mixed up….

My first impression? The dark is too dark and I’m not feeling the red tones in a few of the stains. Also, I’m trying to be mindful of the fact that wood really does darken over time, so what we chose today, will be even darker down the road. And I hear dark wood floors are tough to keep clean too. Hmmmm…..tough decision!

Any favorites? Do share!


Seamless Floors

Friends! We have floors!

When you are in the thick of a remodel, you get excited about the littlest things, and right now, we are pretty pumped about our new wood floors. They make the room feel a million times bigger and they are just pretttttty in general. As a reminder, when we bought the house, the kitchen/dining area floors were a nasty yellow linoleum.

We quickly got rid of the linoleum, and we were left with wood planks…

And then a few weeks later, these beauties were laid…

My favorite part about the floors is that they “seamed” the new floors into our existing wood floors in the living room so you really, really can’t tell that the rooms once had different floors. They flow perfectly and seamlessly. Yes! You also might notice we opened up the wall by the front door – more info about that in another post:).

Now…about choosing a stain color. Any tips or suggestions for us?