|Forum topic by isotope||posted 02-18-2016 08:33 PM||504 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-18-2016 08:33 PM
I’ve slowly been renovating our old house. Ultimately, there will be new hardwood floors installed throughout the entire house. For a variety of reasons, the main floor will get done last, probably in a couple of years. However, in a couple monthes I’ll be doing the hallway upstairs and the stair treads. Ideally, I would like to install the same species of hardwood with the same finish in these locations as what will be installed on the main floor in the future. So, I have to “decide” now. Because of the gap in time, I’m hesitant to go with any kind of prefinished flooring. There is no guarantee that the product (same stain/color) will still be available in 2-3 years. So, I’m looking at a post-installation finish. To keep things simple, I’d like to avoid staining if possible. Also, I want a product that can be easily touched up in a couple years, without needing to sand the entire floor down.
Therefore, I’m looking for a combination of wood species/finishing oil that will result in a light-to-medium brown color. As much as I love Walnut, I think it’s a little too dark brown for what we want (it’s also expensive). I want something that is lighter than walnut, but isn’t reddish in tone, as you find in woods like cherry or jatoba. I’m ruling out white oak as my wife does not like the grain. Happy wife, happy life…...
At this moment, I’m hoping that a lighter wood like maple/hickory/birch with some sort of oil finishing product could produce a light brown. I recently refinished a den/bedroom floor with 100% pre-polymerized tung oil and I like it a lot. But, it’s a little on the amber/orange side for what we want for the main floor. Does anyone have any recommendations for me? I want to start making some test panels. Watco Medium Walnut Danish oil is already on my radar and I will definitely test that out.
Thanks in advance for any ideas or recommendations.