Will stain darken to match over time?

Q: We have brand new oak floors. The builder had to replace a couple boards around an electrical plate. The stain he put on doesn’t match. He says they will darken to match the rest of the floor. ‘Just give it time.’ In the meanwhile he has put a finish coat on it. Continue reading Will stain darken to match over time?

Which DuraSeal stain matches Gunstock color?

Q: I have a dining room with what I believe is Bruce prefinished hardwood flooring. I have gotten two estimates on having the flooring sanded down to bare wood and completely finished. I would like to match the hardwood that is installed in my kitchen as closely as possible. The kitchen hardwood is the 2 1/4″ Gunstock stain. However, the refinishers use DuraSeal.  Is there a way to tell which DuraSeal color is actually the Gunstock color? Continue reading Which DuraSeal stain matches Gunstock color?

Why did the floors look nothing like the sample photos on the poly and natural stain cans?

Q: After sanding our floors, they were a nice, light golden color. After applying gloss poly, they looked much, much darker and reddish! We decided to go oil based, natural stain in the other rooms and the same thing happened! Why did the floors look nothing like the sample photos on the poly and natural stain cans? Continue reading Why did the floors look nothing like the sample photos on the poly and natural stain cans?

Color match existing floors to new prefinished floors

Q: My home is 11 years old. I have wood floors in the kitchen and hall. I want to use prefinished wood floors in the living room and dining room after removing the carpeting. Can I transition or match the existing floors that are not prefinished to new prefinished floors, or do I have to have the existing wood floors replaced with prefinished wood? Continue reading Color match existing floors to new prefinished floors

Matching new (heart pine) hardwoods to 95 year old hardwoods

Q: I had termite damage in one room of my 95 year old home. The room required new flooring. The other rooms have a dark, consistent appearance. The new flooring was stained, but its appearance is noticeably lighter and the grain is heavier. Continue reading Matching new (heart pine) hardwoods to 95 year old hardwoods

White oak cabinets cannot be stained a really dark brown color?

Q: I am building a house and my painter says that my white oak cabinets cannot be stained a really dark brown color. I am not wanting any red, just maybe an espresso type color. He says the ONLY way to get them close to the color that I am wanting is to use a new alcohol stain. Is this true? Continue reading White oak cabinets cannot be stained a really dark brown color?