The Floors are Finished – Minwax Provincial

Throughout our renovation, I’ve had such a difficult time choosing a floor stain

After agonizing over floor stains, it came down to Minwax Early American vs. Provincial stain.  Well, we ended up choosing Minwax Provincial.  Now that the floors are finished, we couldn’t be happier!

Red Oak Floors Finished - Minwax Provincial stain

 As you can see, the color picks up the dark tones from the island.

White kitchen with stained island - floors finished Minwax Provincial stain

And although I originally thought a lighter color would be better for us, (with all that golden retriever fur), I absolutely LOVE this color!  So what if I have to vacuum constantly!

Red Oak Floors in Family Room - Minwax Provincial

Here is a view into the family room.  As you can see, we just had the walls repainted too.  For the family room and kitchen, we chose Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan.  Since this is an open concept room, we wanted something neutral to give us many options for decorating down the road.  Overall, we are thrilled with how the walls and the floor came out.

One thing we are not so thrilled with is the smell!  Ugh!  From the beginning, I knew the stain and poly smell would be bad but it is really horrible!  My husband has been toughing it out and staying in the house while the kids and I are at the beach with family.  Honestly, I don’t know how he can handle it!  I literally had a headache yesterday from being in there for like 10 minutes!

Even with the lung scorching fumes, I am SO glad we decided to go with the finished-on-site route for the hardwood.  The floors came out beautiful and if I am ever able to breathe in my house again, I will be so happy to have them throughout the downstairs rooms!

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12 Comments

  1. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    July 2, 2015 / 2:09 am

    Oh the floors are stunning. Great choice.

  2. Vel Criste
    July 2, 2015 / 4:19 am

    Gorgeous! And the kitchen is looking fabulous already! Hope you have a happy 4th!

  3. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart)
    July 2, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Your floors are stunning, the smell can be overwhelming. Progress is sure being made,. Hope you have a great 4th. fondly ~lynne~

  4. therelishedroost
    July 2, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    So glad you chose Provincial it really helps to cancel out the red in Red oak floors! Looking great!!

  5. Carol
    July 2, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    WOW! The floors are just beautiful, Shelley!

  6. Shirley@Housepitality Designs
    July 2, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    Beautiful !!…love the color too!

  7. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here
    July 3, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    The floors look beautiful. Your kitchen is looking fabulous.Hugs,Sherry

  8. Christine Graves
    July 6, 2015 / 12:04 am

    Great color choice on the floors, it's timeless. Good job!

  9. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
    July 7, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Love the color the floors look beautiful…and I love your stone fireplace too!!

  10. Leslie Harris
    July 8, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Love the floors!!! I'm so happy for you!

  11. Lynn
    October 25, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Beautiful home!
    I know you chose Manchester Tan for the walls – what color did you paint the trim and doors in your home?

    • calypsointhecountry
      Author
      October 25, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much! The trim in the kitchen and family room is White Dove to match the kitchen cabinets. The rest of the trim in my house is Decorator’s White. You don’t really notice a difference when you walk from room to room. Thanks for stopping by!

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