Hardwood stain selection - Need help!!
Hi everyone. I'm building a new home and the hardwood floors are being stained tomorrow. Unfortunately, I haven't selected a stain color yet! I have to choose one of the minwax colors in the link below.
I had the flooring people put three different stains on for me so that I could pick one. Of course, the samples look nothing like the colors on the minwax brochure. They did Early American, Provincial and Special Walnut. I think they all look too dark. Special Walnut had too much of a green hue, Provincial was much darker than the others (and would show too much cat hair!) and Early American was okay, but not great.
So, today I took some of the leftover wood to Sherwin Williams to try some lighter selections. They did fruitwood, golden pecan and puritan pine. It looked SO different from the samples that the floor guy did that I asked him to also do a stripe of the early american. Well. The stripe of EA was so much prettier than the first sample. I guess the difference was the number of coats of stain?
So, it there a minimum number of coats that have to be done on a hardwood floor? If I like the one coat color much more than the many coats, can they do it like that?
(I know pictures would be nice, but I'm at the office right now and I have to figure this out by this afternoon. Sorry!)
Thank you so much for any info you have on this!
Here is a link that might be useful: Minwax stains