Front door & living room floor finally done! (pics)
After what seems like an endless upheaval, we finally are back to normal. We had our living room and guest bath wood floors sanded, stained, and polyurethaned with a satin finish. DH and I were unhappy with the way oil-based poly "ambered" our floors over time because we're not fans of golden tones in wood, so we decided to go with water-based poly. But...we didn't like that the water-based over red oak kept the floors in their natural lightened state. We decided to stain the wood and after looking at 5 different stains on naked/sanded patches of the floor, chose a chesnut stain. It's absolutely gorgeous! It has a slight hint of red in the ungrained areas mixed with a deep brown on the grained areas. We are so pleased with the way they came out (we had chosen this particular local company after seeing the floors they re-did in friends homes), and absolutely love the chesnut stain.
A few weeks before our floors were re-done I had painted our front door BM "Cottage Red". The picture was taken during the day (bright sun). The color is actually deeper than it looks in the pic.