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

Bleaching from carpet tape so severe even darker stain won’t hide it

Q: We pulled out grungy carpet and now have tape marks that are a lighter color than the rest of the floor even after sanding. We had been told by multiple people that if we went with a darker stain you wouldn’t see the difference however the carpet tape marks are still lighter than the rest of floor. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this? Continue reading Bleaching from carpet tape so severe even darker stain won’t hide it

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?

Porch and porch ceiling can’t be stained?

Q: I installed a Mahogany T&G porch floor and Cypress T&G porch ceiling for a client about a month ago as part of a larger project. We specifically state in our contract that we don’t stain, but do provide our clients a list of companies who do. Continue reading Porch and porch ceiling can’t be stained?