Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fabulous Floors

I never thought choosing a stain color for floors would be so incredibly difficult! I mean this was harder than coming up with our daughter's name. Okay, maybe not, because we deliberated that for months. But it was still a tough decision and one that's not easy to reverse. We wanted a darker stain than what was previously on the floors. Every sample looked too light or too dark or too red or too green or too brown or too charcoal. Plus, we had the added problem of matching the first floor to the second floor. The first floor is red oak and the second floor is pine. The floors are all original except for the kitchen, office, foyer and downstairs hall. These were mismatched and we replaced them to match the living room and dining room.

Here's the kitchen with the new naked floors (and drywall!):
You may be able to see the test patches on the floor under the board. So after much debate and worry, here are the floors with the first coat of stain. We had the floor guy custom mix two parts Red Mahogany to one part Ebony.
I'm in love! Once they're completely finished, they'll be just the right combination of red and brown. The reflection is throwing off the color a little but trust me...they rock! Who knew this would be so exciting? It's the little things.

These get installed this week:
Woo hoo! Now we're cookin'!

Thanks to Susan for hosting Met Monday! And thanks to you for checking in! Next up...the master bath!


  1. Hi Erin,
    Wow this is just wonderful! And I can't believe you are doing all this with a new baby girl, I just saw that post! Its been a while since I've perused Blog land and you just amaze me!
    PS thanks for stopping by...

  2. They look gorgeous! I love dark wood, this is just the type color I would choose if I were getting wood floors. Someday!

    Have a great week!

  3. Ooo, how nice! Looks like it will be BEAUTIFUL when everything is all done! Came from Met Monday.

  4. You choice of floors are beautiful! Can't wait to see the kitchen all put together!
    Dee Dee

  5. Love the stain you chose. The floors are beautiful and I can't wait to see you new kitchen. Came over from BNOTP today. I have a recipe linked there.

  6. Erin- your floors are BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the color, and I totally understand how very difficult choosing a stain is. All the standards ones just don't have the right depth, you were so smart to custom mix. Make a copy of the stain to file away. We didn't do that for the farmhouse floors, and now we need to match it in the barn.... so guess what we're doing on Monday!!

    Congrats on such a lovely job!

    p.s. I still giggle every time I think of your sweet son wanting to tap every tree in your backyard, even though they aren't maples!!! too cute!