Matching new birch to old maple

WSL72August 1, 2012

Hi All,

We are looking to have hardwoods installed in our kitchen, which flows with the dining room (we opened up a wall). The DR (and the rest of the house) has maple hardwoods, installed when the house was built in 1952. We had a floor guy come out and he suggested using birch, rather than maple, in the kitchen -- he said "new" maple is much whiter than our 1950s version, which is very yellow. He thinks birch would match the old maple better. Has anyone had any experience with new birch vs. old maple? Or even experience with trying to match new hardwoods to old?

Side question: Any thoughts on how well birch would do as a kitchen floor? I know (or think) it's softer than maple, but don't know if it's so soft that it would be a problem. The kitchen sees a lot of traffic (we enter there from the garage) and we have two small children.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Sophie Wheeler

You ned a new flooring professional. Yes, old maple will be much yellower than new, as that's how wood naturally ages. Birch is no substitute. I don't like using it on cabinetry, much less as flooring. It's simply too soft unless you really like patina.

There really isn't going to be a good match for what you have unless you have the entire home's floors sanded and refinished after new maple is installed. That should be your choice. Or put in something completely different like slate or Marmoleum for the kitchen area.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 3:03PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
3/8 vs 1/2 inch thick engineered hardwood for staple down installation
We are trying to decide between two similar engineered...
Engineered hardwood floor help needed
We are going to be selling our home and currently are...
Chinese Hardwood Flooring - After Lumber Liquidators & 60 Minutes
Wondering how folks are now feeling about buying imported...
Ken Fisher
Ceramic wood tile into sunken living room?
Getting ready to remodel a house I am purchasing. Would...
Smartstrand carpet dilema
I am replacing the carpet in my family room and after...
Sponsored Products
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Mohawk Home Rugs Forte Ermine Oyster 5 ft. x 8
$59.00 | Home Depot
Grover Loveseat - Lucky Turquoise Blue
Joybird Furniture
King-size Black Platform Bed Kit
Colonial Mills Simply Home Solid Chair Pad - 15 x 15 in. - H015A015X015S
$24.99 | Hayneedle
Olde Bronze Chandelier 5-Light
Wilton Pendant by Kichler
$138.60 | Lumens
Monkey Wine Stopper - MULTI COLORS
$225.00 | Horchow
Oil Rubbed Bronze Whitehaus 614.161WS Deck Mount Widespread Lavatory Faucet
$259.00 | Blue Bath
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™