Our flooring is finally finished, I realized that it’s really hard to get a good pictures of flooring color. We didn’t like colors right out of the can, so we decided to work with our flooring contractor to come up with an on-site custom mixed floor stain. I have to say he was amazing and so patient!
I loveds this flooring color and knew it was what we wanted to achieve in our on-site custom mixed floor stain. And I went against the grain (ha ha) and went with a dark stain. It was actually a custom mix because the poor floor guy kept doing swatches and I kept going, Nope, not right, Nope. Nope. You can see what our floors look like finished with the dark , custom mix wood stain here.
Finally we ended up with a blend of the darkest antique brown and red mahogany, so it ended up rich and dark with a warm undertone instead of ash undertones. Our floor guy was wonderfully patient and didn’t eye roll too much. Don’t be afraid if a floor swatch isn’t exactly the right color to ask. If you think it’s needs more brown, have them add more brown. Make sure it’s a color you absolutely love, you are going to be stuck with it for a long time.
We also went with what’s called rustic red oak “grade 2” (i.e. cheaper and more rustic. ). The funny thing is it just worked out that way, because when I picked it out in the flooring store, it was what my eye was immediately drawn to. I was elated when I found out it was a less expensive wood. The flooring guy said “wow, we don’t see too much of this.”… but I LOVE it. It has knots and worm holes and tree imperfections. It has so much character. It was only $2.69 a square foot. It looks old, it feels warm and alive. When we completed our floors, we had extra wood left over. You can see how we used it in this bathroom makeover.
We also went with finished on-site as opposed to pre-finished flooring. The way it was explained to me was that since pre-finished is basically a click and lock kind of a thing, if someone spills then it could leak through the cracks. Finished on-site it more like a sheet of flooring where the poly can fill on some id not most of those cracks. Since people around here(i.e. my children) tend to spill orange juice and not tell me for 3 hours and we were also going to be putting it in the kitchen I thought it was a much better idea. It did add about 4 days onto our job time and we had to be out of the house for a few days, but so worth it. Also, we went with a low VOC product, but it still stunk. We had it finished in a satin finish so it wasn’t too glossy.
I will also tell you about doing this whole thing (because I know a few of you are going to be remodeling soon). You have to look at the promise of the end result and not get bogged down in the daily chaos of living in complete destruction. It is so worth it in the end. I love how our on-site custom mixed floor stain looks and can’t wait to move our furniture back in!
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