Minwax stain for kitchen hardwood

slance66November 6, 2011

Our kitchen is being completely remodled. It has been gutted to the studs. Our plan is to use 3.5 in oak (not sure if it will be red or white). Cabinets are maple pained BM Acadia White.

Looking at pictures on the forum, Minwax English Chestnut looked perfect. A nice reddish medium brown in the photos. Tried it on a strip of oak and...just brown. No red tones at all. It looks unlike every picture I've seen of it. Am I missing something? Tried Red Oak...also straight brown. Gunstock was completely red. None look as they should.

I'm at a loss. Existing hardwood in the hall, living and dining rooms is a yellowish butterscotch we hate. We also do not want anything that looks like a dark brown - walnut color. Red Mahogany might be too dark, but seems like the right color. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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We just had our floors refinished (to get rid of the old, very worn, butterscotch look) so I understand your challenge. i wanted a warm medium-brown that wasn't orange-y. The look I was aiming for is the larger photo when you scroll down in the link below, which reads "This is more what our floors look like today" or something similar.

Studying the photo I decided I wanted to highlight the grain but to also allow the individual colors of the boards to show through. I liked the life in this floor. It took me a while to realize that I was looking for a less opaque stain (hence the natural). I have NO idea what stains were used on the floor in the photo (and cannot give credit since I don't know the origin of the photo), but I feel we achieved something really close using a mix of 1 provincial: 1 jacobean : 2 natural. This was on red oak, using a different brand of stain (Bona), with solvent-based Swedish finish over it. I think using 2 parts natural allow the red tint of the red oak to show on some boards, which makes it warm. I am crazy about our new floors.

Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: similar look to our floors

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 9:05PM
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Thanks. Last night, frustrated with my sample, I thought, "why not put actual Mahogany down"? Looked at pictures of Santos Mahogany and it looks gorgeous. We already planned to keep the entry and other rooms lighter, so why match the wood? Anyone try Mahogany in the kitchen?

    Bookmark   November 7, 2011 at 6:52AM
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