Throughout our renovation, I’ve had such a difficult time choosing a floor stain. Considering our choice will affect most of our first floor, this decision was not an easy one!
So, after agonizing over hardwood floor stains, we narrowed it down to Minwax Early American vs. Provincial stain for our red oak floors. Finally, we ended up choosing Minwax Provincial. Now that the floors are finished, we couldn’t be happier!
Hardwood Floors – Minwax Provincial on Red Oak:
As you can see, the floor color picks up the dark tones from the island.
And although I originally thought a lighter floor stain would be better for us, (with all that golden retriever fur), I absolutely LOVE this color! So what if I have to vacuum constantly!
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 floor 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 floors. They 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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If you are interested in comparing Minwax Provinical stain against Early American stain in your home, here are links to a quart of each:
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