Well, things are moving along with our renovation progress and we are now looking at floor stains.
Seriously, it’s all happening so fast that I barely have time to sit down and write! If you missed my last post, be sure to hop over and read all about our half wall situation. Now, let’s take a look at the latest developments…
Kitchen renovation progress:
One day last week…within a two hour time frame, the appliances, cabinets and fireplace stone were delivered!
Early the next day, the guys didn’t waste any time unpacking them…
Yes, it was like Christmas morning!
Before long, my white kitchen dream was becoming a reality!
After a couple days, it already looked like this!
Renovation progress – floor stains:
Then the floor guy arrived with a variety of Minwax stains. As you can see, he tested a large square for each color. This gave us a better idea of how each stain color would look on our red oak floors.
Also, he advised us to go with an oil based floor stain. Apparently, the oil based is the “traditional” way to go. It is supposedly more durable but it takes longer to cure.
The floor stain colors above are as follows…(listed top to bottom).
- Early American
- English Chestnut
- Special Walnut
- Special Walnut (didn’t get good coverage on this first try)
Of course, they all looked beautiful. Needless to say, I haven’t committed yet!
(From left to right is Special Walnut, English Chestnut, Provincial and Early American).
Originally, I thought I would go with a lighter color, (you know – the golden retriever fur). Though, my neighbor just used English Chestnut stain in her home and I loved how it turned out. Of course, I had to give that some consideration. So, at one point it was English Chestnut vs. Provincial stain. Now, I think we are leaning towards the two stains on the right – Provincial and Early American.
Below, is a better view of the island which is what I am comparing them to:
So, here we have Early American vs. Provincial stain. In my opinion, the Early American floor stain matches in color but the Provincial picks up the darker tones mixed in the island….so difficult!
And I have to think about how the color will look throughout the house. As you can see, the guys are sanding and refinishing the stairs as well.
I must say, we were pleasantly surprised when we removed the runner to see that the stairs really hadn’t faded that much in 16 years. For some reason I thought they had, but I guess they were always on the light side. It made me relieved that we chose to do finished-on-site floors throughout the house. Over the years, the pre-finished floors we had in our living room and dining room faded terribly.
Here is what my living room floor looked like right before we tore it out…
And this room doesn’t even get a lot of light!
Oh, and speaking of light…
They installed the under cabinet and upper cabinet lighting.
One night, I think I stood in here for an hour, just staring at the room. Literally, it’s my favorite thing yet!
We are definitely moving along with our kitchen renovation progress!
Now, I just have to push myself to make some decisions. For me, the floor stain is a tough one because the hardwood will be almost everywhere! And I may have gone a little wild on my granite selection…a bit out of my comfort zone. I’ll fill you in on that next time…
Any thoughts on the hardwood floor stains?
Honestly, I would love your input…take another look:
Here are the floor stain colors in order from above:
(1) Special Walnut (2) English Chestnut (3) Provincial (4) Early American
If you are following the renovation progress in order, next I’m sharing all my granite choices.
- See – The Floors are Finished! for the stain we chose!
- Also read how we feel about our floors five years later.
- If you want to look back, see how the floors looked after installation.
Yes, I’d say this kitchen renovation is moving along!
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