Hi Tadas Great info! I have 2 questions for you: 1) The polyurethane has started to peel up along the edges of the boards. Our house is an old schoolhouse from 1888. i.e. The floors are currently stained with a neutral color which has turned to a yellowish color. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. And they look great when done properly as you can see with this stain mix of Sedona Red + Ebony…. As far as brand of stain, we use a few different ones depending on what look we are trying to achieve. You’re welcome Lisa. The neutral colors of your place allow for pretty much any color to look good though. Any thoughts on that combination and what brand of stain to use (my contractor doesn’t like minwax). You could get some paint in the same wood/stain colors – and an artist if you aren’t artistic – and paint out the light lines to blend them in with the surrounding dark areas. 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. Thank you so much! Very well written article and very helpful. We use DuraSeal stains. Your blog has been very helpful! We have got a sample piece of wood and have stained it. Do you happen to know if that color is in the same range/tone as Provincial and or Spice brown? 6. I’m curious as to what color floor stain I should apply? May I ask, what is the type of wood and stain color used in the picture with you in it at the very top? Many people think ‘staining’ means applying the top coats of oil or polyurethane. It looks very nice. Thank you. And if you can’t find the perfect color out of a tin, we’d be happy to mix some different stains together for a custom blend that matches your taste and style. Anyway, I’m not sure how good these guys are and they tell me that dark stain will cover them. Also “bleed back” is when the stain moves to the top of the joints and that would make black lines not light ones. To be honest I haven’t come across this issue myself. DURA SEAL Quick Coat Penetrating Finish English Chestnut 133. I can’t really tell you what colors you would need without seeing the actual board you want to match in person and doing some experiments on sample boards. What do you think??? 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 As you know, it’s going to be a little difficult tying in all 3 different woods downstairs. Just what I was searching for! We only ever apply one coat of stain. Our current house is a ranch, the main level is Red Chestnut throughout – bedrooms, living room, and dining room. And I bet you’ll never guess Red Oak’s undertones. We don’t want to add another coat of stain because then the floor will go too dark. Is water popping the only way to achieve the deep stain? I am just about to move into my new home and wanted to stain my hardwood floors before I move in. If you want to stay with the traditional stain colors then you could use Ebony or Jacobean and mix it with natural to the lighter shade you’re after. You’re paying for guys like Tadas professionalism and expertise! In the third image/chart there is a color called Monsoon Grey that has some cool looking variations of the color. We love it. I am in Georgia or I would just hire you : ). Any suggestion on the stain color for the floors? Natural – pale stain. I wanted a light grey so I started testing Ribio Monocoat. Aged Barrel. I am in Hoffman Estates, planning to put my house for sale. Check out Stylish Floors N Mores custom flooring work and give us a call for a free estimate at 631-642-0906, Minwax English Chestnut Stain on Narrow Oak Boards, square basket parquet hardwood grey stain - Google Search. If it’s soaked in deeper than a few aggressive sanding passes will take out then it might be something you’ll have to live with… you really don’t want to take all the life out if your floors this soon so you have nothing to sand years down the road when they need refreshing. I would like to have some differentiation in color, like you get with an exotic. Also do you think that nailing them every 10″-12″, and glueing the same distance (keeping the glue out of the joints) is enough to hold them down. Early American. Hi Tadas, I own a sawmill, dry kiln, planer, etc.. Is chestnut too close? DURA SEAL Penetrating Finish is a semi-transparent stain formulated to seal, color and provide exceptional durability when used on bare wood and masonry surfaces. The finish system used on that floor had very high VOC’s and with good reason they are starting to be banned across the country. I liked it but I think it may be a bit too dark for our home. At least test it out on a small area to see if you like it. Street Shoe is a reputable brand of finish you you can rest assured knowing your floors will be fine. Our kitchen and family room open up to each other like one great big room. Thanks. I’m concerned with all of the different wood and age of wood that we’re going to have a hodge podge of colors so am hoping the floors will tie it all together. Sorry you have had to re-do them. Stain colors will look different depending on the type of wood too so make sure the sample is the same wood as your floor. In the end, I highly recommend you have your wood flooring professional make you some samples. Your “cozy warm feel” idea sounds nice. As far as your other question, Provincial will not be darker than English Chestnut normally, but if you water pop the floors (see this post here) then you’ll be able to get it darker. Our main floor has a douglas fir floor (original from 1888) in the living room and red oak from the 1940’s in the rest of the rooms. We are getting ready in next few months to tear out carpet and put down red oak wood floors. Then mixed half Jacobean and half light grey but it’s still light. That might work well. I went to see a neighbor’s floor that our current contractor recently finished. The temperature has dropped here to the 40’s at night, so I don’t know how long it will take before going to the poly phase which I’m doing the mid range shine… not flat and not high gloss. Do you think think this could work? At this very moment we’re salvaging a floor that a “professional” company messed up big time. Sounds good to me. If so have a look at some of the colors in this post: https://napervillehardwood.com/blog/rubio-monocoat-pre-color-easy/. Many years before that it was bleached white floors. Would that be my best bet to “modernize” the look of the cabinets? Congratulations on your hardwood flooring project – heart pine is a beautiful wood! I hope your project goes well for you when you decide to start. To be honest I couldn’t tell you the color unless I had a look at it in person. Most are either white or cream colored. have to redo some areas near the windows, etc. If you’re really worried about white lines then a hardwax oil finish like OSMO or Pallmann Magic Oil would be a good option. Like all things what was once modern is now outdated. I think I may be too late with this reply sorry. I’m just curious if you have heard of Glitza products (for stain and sealer/finish). Do you have any suggestions? Really appreciate this information! So we stuck with 100%. Not sure how long this look will last but it will be around for a while. It’s perfectly OK to just apply finish to them without this step. We are having our red oak floors done Monday and I am torn between the two stains. They’re sanding today and we have to choose the color by tomorrow! No more 70’s orange oak floors if you don’t want to stain. You might end up with a blend that matches perfectly to what you want. The floors now appear wet! You have beautiful floors. If done well you shouldn’t be able to notice from a standing height. Thanks. Any ideas/suggestions?? 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. Approximately 1000 sq feet. If the finish doesn’t adhere properly, I’m sorry to say, but your husband may be sanding all over again :(. And lastly yes we do install for select customers. Try a small amount first and make sure you record how much you used of each. New water-based finishes have come a long way in stopping that effect. Hope you can get it sorted out to your satisfaction. Thanks. Hope you find what you’re looking for. I recently found your site and have been reading along. Best regards. So I went for a darker shade grey and tested Duraseal satin. How can this be fixed? That would look great with light gray walls if you want something different and trendy. You want something that will ground your room/s styling and not clash with your décor. do I go darker lighter or same on the stair treads and handrails on the staircase? he will seal the floors this thursday…..would really appreciate any advice. I went to see a neighbor’s floor that our current contractor recently finished. Unfortunately, one mistake I did make was not doing enough research on the company I hired. Don’t want to go too light as it doesn’t match our look & afraid of choosing a color that is too orange. I had decided on Rubio as a finish but we cannot seem to find a color that’s “right” for the handscraped walnut floors we are getting. I’ve really enjoyed reading your articles here. Then you have a decision to make. Yes you could definitely mix Dark Walnut and English Chestnut together to get a great red/brown look. Aged Bronze Hand-Rubbed Stain. Even with one coat of stain and two coats of poly? SCARED, they are beginning to stain Friday. We have new pine flooring that was just in stalled and sanded in an attic area that we are finishing. Start with 50/50 and go from there. I would get a few stain colors and do some testing on a small area first. The 1st floor oak flooring has English chestnut stain throughout kitchen, living room, dining room and smaller bed room. That’s a story we hear a lot unfortunately :(. Hope this helps a bit Gabby. Please see here: https://goo.gl/photos/gei9XTrG31PKHcRc7. Without looking at the issue in person it is hard for me to say exactly what happened, but I think you are heading the right way in thinking that there was too much stain added to the floor. Instead you’ll need to think in terms of highlighting the beauty of each one and enjoying the differences between them. Largely, on your very positive response I’ve decided to go for it.