Happy Sunday friends! Obviously this day of the week just works better for me for the One Room Challenge, hah! I actually have an exciting update this week so I’m pretty pumped! We refinished our wood floors… not just in this room, but the whole upstairs! It was a huge win for me because I feel like it’s taken forever to actually complete any one project in this house!
Pink Paint Color: Behr – Rosewater
White Paint Color: Behr – Swiss Coffee
After we sanded down the floors I couldn’t believe how much better they were already looking! If you need a reminder of what we started off with you can head back to Week 1 for all the before photos.
Our floors are maple, and to be honest I didn’t really do much research on the wood species when it comes to staining floors until after we sanded them down. I started looking things up and basically came to find that maple floors don’t stain well and most people just seal them. Well… as pretty as the bare wood was this is NOT the look I want for our entire house so I had a bit of a panic attack. But I started testing stains! Funny thing… I tried 3 different stains and they all looked identical on maple. I’m not sure why, but there was very slight differences and all very red. Again… NOT what I wanted. I was looking for a worn in light brown color to blend with the feel of this old home. So I took some stain and dumped in a gray stain and mixed it all together and here’s what I got. The top is the custom mixed stain and the bottom is just the maple sealed.
You might also notice all the sanding marks… yeah that freaked me out too. I did a little more research and found that maple shows all flaws and yet another reason why most people just seal it. This was in one of the most difficult places that we sanded, so I decided I was going to fight the odds and just jump in and stain it. I’m SOOOO happy I trusted my gut. While some people might not love the finished result of stained maple, it was exactly what I wanted. It looks reclaimed, worn in and gave me a very pretty brown (despite how much gray stain I dumped in my bucket to fight off that red).
Sure you can see some sanding marks because we aren’t professionals… but it’s nothing like the test area above (which made me super nervous). I couldn’t be happier with the results and can’t wait to show you what it looks like in all it’s glory. But for now… here it is with the pink board and batten.
Now that the floors are done, which was one of my biggest hurdles I have exactly 3 days to do the following:
Remove Closet Refinish Floors Add Board and Batten Paint Board and Batten Paint Walls Paint Trim and Door
- Change Light
- Paint and install doors
- Redo interior windows
- Hang Curtains
- Assemble Furniture
Oh… and did I mention the floors won’t be done curing until Monday night. Yes… I like to live life on the edge. Here’s to a few more late nights and working like a crazy person.
Catch up on the whole process here:
- Week 1: Design Plans
- Week 2: Board and Batten
- Week 3: Paint
- Week 4: Pink Board and Batten
- Week 5: THIS WEEK
- Week 6: Full Reveal
Well, it was a brilliant idea to go with your gut on staining your floors. They look pretty darn amazing. I happen to like how the stain took to the sanding marks. I think they give the flooring some wonderful additional character. So, (and for what it is worth) I give your floor restoration two thumbs up. Cheers, Ardith
Wow, they look wonderful and I am loving the milk chocolatey brown you used. They look great!
Sandi Magle says
Yea, I love all the photos of Joanna Gaines by herself, setting up a whole house…sure…..YOU CAN DO IT, too. (Just invite everyone you know to come help) or your crew—that is never in eyeshot. Grins! LOOOKS GREAT!
Great job with the floors, they look fantastic! I would have done the same thing, I am pretty stubborn and I would have mixed custom blends until something worked. haha
Love the floors. You did and awesome job. Love the pale pink also.
Can hardly wait for the reveal.
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Love your floor color and that you did it yourself! Way to go!!!
What color stain and gray stain did you use? And what approximate ratio? We just sanded our entire main floor…all maple. I’m having the same issue with stain color and once I dive in I’m going to need a lot of the same “special” mix to finish the entire main level. Includes kitchen, dining room, parlor and entry/hall.
Hi there! We are redoing our maple floors soon as well and I have run into the same problem. I hate the red or yellow it pulls. I love the colour you chose but you didn’t mention what product or mix ratios you used. Would you mind sharing that with me? Please?!?! Lol