Different wood colors in rooms, need to pick minwax stain for floors?
Early American = Minwax...but I believe DuraSeal has the same version. The reason why your colours look different from the pics (on line): Red Oak. Red Oak will turn colours very different from white oak (everyone stains white oak for their stain collection because it turns a true colour). Red Oak is a different beast. It turns everything a cinnamon tone....lost of reddy-browns get added to the stain.
Secondly, if he used DuraSeal oil based finish (or oil modified) the floor will have yellow/orange tones in it. The FINISH turns gold/orange. If you apply natural oil based finish to white paper, you get orange. If you apply oil modified to white paper it turns yellow.
As for adding wood floor patch, it is a regional thing. Some do, some don't. In dry areas, the patch crumbles and falls out. More humid areas (like New England) the patch stays in place much longer....but it can still crumble and fall out.
I would prefer to see colour mixtures in a WELL LIT area (not a closet) if possible and with 1 coat of finish applied over top. Only a stain+finish will give you the best option.
You would have to ask him to bring other colours with him to add more test options as the ones he added where NOT appropriate for your tastes. This is going to take more time than he is willing to give you. Red Oak is a beast to work with if you do not like its colour family. It takes someone with patience and the ability/willingness to mix a SPECIAL colour just for you. Again, this is part of his service.
Clarify what colour you are looking for (get samples at a hardwood flooring store if you must) and then ask him to replicate it (send a photo of it next to the stains he put down...we live in the tech/communication age after all). Clarify what finish will be used over it.
Bona Naturale is a water based finish that does not amber. It is fast curing (1 week = full cure) with decent VOC specifications. If he likes it and is trained in it then work with it.
By the sounds of it, you are not ready to go forward. There has been plenty of miscommunication at this point and it is distressing. The problem with most "get it done" type of professionals is they are not the best communicators....they want a decision and they want it now. They want to bring in their gear and start. They want in and they want out and they want the job done yesterday.
Great energy for hard work like floors, but not great for someone who needs colour help. If you feel you are not ready to move forward, then don't. Another Houzzer had her floors done in a colour she didn't think would turn orange/brown (you guest it...Early American over Red Oak) and she HATED it.
You can pester him for more stain choices. Keep pestering him. He might just hand over your deposit on his own and ask you to look for someone else...;-) Not a bad thing if you ask me. Just make sure he gives you back the deposit.
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We’ve been wanting to do a wood/stain study for years now and in my head, I wanted to do every type of wood with about 20 different stains each. But with limited resources (not to mention space), we settled on 5 popular species of wood commonly used by DIYers, with 6 different stains; 2 light, 2 medium and 2 dark.
The wood types we chose also are vastly different, ranging from extremely soft (birch) to hard (red oak) with undertones all over the map. Not only does the hardness effect how a wood will accept stain (harder woods tend to accept stains better and more evenly) but also the natural color of the wood.
The ever popular and inexpensive Pine has yellow undertones.
Birch has pink undertones.
Poplar has green undertones.
White Oak has the most neutral undertones.
And I bet you’ll never guess Red Oak’s undertones. (Hint: Red)
To give each wood the best chance at sporting stain, we started our study with Minwax’s Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Treating raw wood with conditioner helps prevent streaks and blotches by evening out the absorption of oil-based stains. It can be applied over any wood but is especially necessary when working with soft or porous woods like pine, alder, birch, and maple. You’ll see just how necessary it is in a minute, because of course we took our observations one step further and only used conditioner on the bottom half of each piece of wood so you can see the difference it makes.
We let the conditioner penetrate for 15 minutes and then wiped off any excess and removed the tape and got to work applying 6 different stains to all five of our types of wood.
As a reminder, here are all the types of wood in their natural, raw state:
1. Minwax Pickled Oak. This stain added very little color to any of the boards, (maybe slightly lighter with a tinge of green), but really brought out their natural color and grain. All of the wood types accepted the stain well, except the non-conditioned Birch side.
2. Minwax Simply White. Minwax recently came out with a Simply White stain and I’m in love with it! It really softened each wood tone and color while not masking any grain–like semi-opaque stains do. You can see clearly the wood’s color undertones (yellow, pink, green, neutral, red) but they aren’t nearly as pronounced. Both of the oak species took on a sort of Cerused look I’m very into. The green that is generally very pronounced in Poplar, turned into more of a warm gray. The unconditioned Birch side, again, struggled with accepting the stain, but you can also see the conditioned side of each board is slightly darker.
3. Minwax Golden Pecan. We chose to experiment with this stain color because of its mid-range tint with red undertones. The pine board looked the least natural with this stain. Poplar looked a little bit like watermelon. Birch did surprisingly well and the oaks were naturals. Naturals in a very red way.
4. Minwax Golden Oak. This is another mid-range stain color, but with a more neutral base undertone. Instead of the wood grains picking up redness, you can see they all went a very neutral brown. There is very little difference between the conditioned and unconditioned white and red oaks, but the other three definitely benefited from the pre-stain conditioner.
5. Minwax Jacobean. The first of the dark stains we tried was also the more neutral in tone. It delivered rich, dark brown tones. Every wood species benefitted greatly from the conditioner with this stain. The pine turned more gray than anything.
6. Minwax Dark Walnut. Last, is the redder of the two dark stains we experimented with. Although, no red came through with the pine at all. In fact, it looked almost pinky gray. The other woods took the stain well, with more redness coming out of the conditioned sides of the boards. The green in the Poplar board went to an almost black, like in the Jacobean stain–very stunning.
Lastly, we thought it would be beneficial to see all the same wood type with different stains in one picture. This will hopefully help you see how Pine, Birch, Poplar, White Oak and Red Oak’s undertones play with different stain undertones.
Like I said, I wish we could do 15 more of these! But I hope this is helpful. I think each wood species looked great with some stains and subpar with others.
I loved pine with the lights and darks, but not the medium stains.
Birch rocked Simply White and Golden Oak.
Poplar looked awesome in almost every one except the Golden Pecan.
White Oak can’t take a bad picture.
And Red Oak should probably stay away from things that add even more red to it (like Pickled Oak and Golden Pecan).
In my opinion, of course. What do you think!?
SHOP THE POST:
When it comes to picking out what stain color to use for a project, there are many different wood stain colors to choose from! It can be overwhelming to choose from all the stains available on the market and know what the stain color will actually look like on your wood project.
I thought it would be helpful to round up 10 favorite wood stain colors and show samples of what they actually look like on wood. These are all classic, brown color stains, you can check out 5 gray wood stain options here if you are interested in gray colors and white wood stain options for white stains.
I picked these colors based on my tried and true favorites, readers favorites (based on an Instagram poll), and what seems to be popularly used. These stain colors are all easy to find at your local home improvement store or online. Also, they are all oil-based stains since oil-based stain is very common, affordable, and easy to find and purchase.
The stain color samples below were tested out on pine wood since it’s very commonly used. Do keep in mind that stain colors can look different on different species and types of wood. So, it’s best to always test your stain out in a small area on your project first to see how it looks on your piece of wood before applying it to the whole project! Also, if you need tips on staining, see my how to stain wood tutorial and the best way to apply wood stain.
Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more info see my disclosures here.
VIDEO OVERVIEW OF STAIN COLORS:
10 Favorite Wood Stain Colors:
1. Dark Walnut by Minwax
Minwax Dark Walnut was the first stain color that I fell in love with when I first started woodworking. It’s the perfect, medium-dark wood stain with golden highlights that show through the wood grain. It think it looks even better when it’s finished with an oil based polyurethane which really enhances the dark walnut color and the grain of the wood.
Here is a photo of my first DIY farm table where I used Dark Walnut.
2. Ebony by Minwax
If you want a bit of a black and brown stain color, Minwax Ebony is a good choice. This was my first time using it and it was a reader favorite. It reminds me of a tree bark color with the dark tones and it’s definitely one of the darkest stain color favorites.
3. Provincial by Minwax
One of my top favorite stain colors is Minwax Provincial, I’ve used it a lot! I think it’s the perfect classic wood stain! Not too light or dark, it has a golden honey hue to it that is beautiful. It’s always my go to color when I need a wood tone color that will go with almost any design plan.
Here is a photo of my DIY floating table and my DIY floating shelf, where I used Provincial for both.
4. Jacobean by Minwax
Minwax Jacobean is a rich, dark brown color. It’s similar to Dark Walnut, but a bit darker and the golden grain hues are more subtle and bit more light brown toned. Jacobean is a beautiful, rustic color that reminds of cabin colors!
5. Early American by Minwax
One of the lighter brown wood stain colors is Minwax Early American. Early American has a more faded sun look to it which gives it a light, weathered vibe. It has a hint of red in the color. Another classic brown you can’t go wrong with!
I used Minwax Early American on our DIY bathroom vanity and loved how it turned out:
6. Special Walnut by Minwax
Special Walnut by Minwax is a lighter, brown walnut color. I found it to be similar to Early American but with more muted brown tones and no red tones. I’ve seen it used on flooring and it’s another very versatile stain color.
7. English Chestnut by Minwax
If there’s one stain color that truly sounds like the name of it, I think it’s Minwax English Chestnut. It really looks like a chestnut color to me! It’s another one of my favorite stain colors and I love using it on cedar wood. It enhances the cedar wood grain dramatically! It looks a bit darker on pine, but still very pretty!
Here is a photo of Minwax English Chestnut on our DIY vertical planter stand, which was made with cedar wood.
8. Briarsmoke by Varathane
One of the most popular wood stain colors I found was Varathane’s Briarsmoke. And I can see why, it’s a nice mix of rustic browns and hints of smoky gray, with a few light highlights peeking through. I’m already thinking of my next project that I could use it on!
9. Kona by Varathane
This was my first time using Varathane’s Kona stainand I really like the color! It’s a very subdued, earthy brown tone with less golden highlights than some of the similar Minwax colors.
It’s nice that you only need one coat with this Varathane stain, but I actually added a second light coat on this sample to get a better sense of the color. And make sure to stir it really well before using since it’s a thicker stain and all the color is at the bottom!
10. Honey Maple by Varathane
Varathane’s Honey Maple stain is the lightest stain color in this round up! I actually used two coats on this sample as well even though it’s advertised as a one coat stain. It’s a nice natural wood looking stain that deepens the natural, grain colors of the wood. It does kind of look like a coat of light honey was applied to it!
Well I hope this round up of wood stain colors has been helpful for you and makes the stain color picking process a little easier! After you pick your stain color, make sure to sand the wood well when preparing your project for stain! It really helps with the staining process. And if you need tips for creating a beautiful, stained finish, check out how to stain wood.
Again if you are interested in a gray stain, see 5 gray stain options and for white stain, white wood stain options. Or if you want a more weathered finish, see how to create a weathered wood gray finish, as well as my Weathered Wood Recipes eBook.
So, which stain color is your favorite? Or is there a classic, wood stain color that you love that I haven’t included here?! I’d love to hear, feel free to share in the comments!
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How 10 Different Stains Look on Different Pieces of Wood
When using stain on wood, it’s just as magical as it is tricky. You see, you may fall in love with the stain color shown on the can, but it may end up looking completely different once you apply it on a piece of wood. Why does this happen? Depending on the type of wood you’re staining, the color of the stain can change. You have to take into account the hardness and undertones of the wood you’re using. Both of these things affect the stain color. I’m hoping today I can save you a headache and a lot of time by showing you 10 different stains and what they look like on 4 different types of wood that you can find at Home Depot and Lowe’s.
Use this post as a guide for your next project as you’re picking out the best shade of stain to use. We tested a variety of natural, light, medium, and dark stains on pine, poplar, whitewood, and red oak to give you plenty of options. Don’t let another project upset you because the stain you thought you would love, you ended up not liking at all. And before we get started and as a quick tip, we used a pre-stain wood conditioner on each piece to help prevent any blotches when applying the stain.
1. Minwax Pickled Oak
If you’re wanting to preserve the natural wood color (and possibly go even slightly lighter), I recommend using Pickled Oak. It brought out the natural tones while slightly lightening each type of wood piece. It also appeared to make the wood look softer. This is a great stain to have on hand!
2. Minwax Weathered Oak
Weathered Oak is generally used as a lighter to medium stain color. It pulls hints of gray which helps to give it the weathered look. If you’re wanting to go slightly darker than the Pickled Oak or wanting stain with hints of brown and gray, you should probably give Weathered Oak a try.
3. Minwax Classic Gray
Every single piece of wood took on a gray hue including the red oak. This Classic Gray stain creates the perfect weathered look without over-saturating with too much gray. Which also means the wood grains still show through the stain color. Classic Gray tends to be slightly blotchy so make sure to use pre-conditioner with this stain color.
I’ve never used Varathane’s Sunbleached before and all I kept thinking of was bleaching wood furniture. To my pleasant surprise, it did lighten the wood with hints of white and gray once I applied it to the pieces of wood. This stain truly softens the wood tones and creates a calming feeling. If I had to choose, the poplar is my favorite. This stain is a gorgeous color!
5. Varathane Briarsmoke
Briarsmoke is my long lost medium stain that I’ve been searching years for. It’s my go to stain because of the brown and gray undertones you see once it’s applied. At least with the whitewood, pine, and poplar pieces. And to be honest, on the pine it looks like a true brown without as much gray. You’ve got to give this stain a try!
6. Minwax Golden Oak
Golden Oak is a great medium color to use when you don’t want to go too light or dark. At times it seems to pull brown undertones while other times I see yellow. Just use with caution if you’re wanting to stay more on the brown side of stain. Otherwise, it’s a great medium stain to use that also allows the wood grains to still show through.
7. Minwax Special Walnut
If you’ve never heard of Special Walnut, you won’t forget it now! Special Walnut is one of the go-to brown stains that isn’t too dark. You can see that this stain consistently pulls a brown hue with the exception of the red oak for obvious reasons. I tend to view Special Walnut as a lighter brown stain.
8. Minwax Early American
From the results on the pieces of wood, Early American is a muted brown stain that can show a gray undertone. In other words, it isn’t a bold brown yet a subtle brown that can be perfect for that dresser you’ve been wanting to stain. This isn’t the color I expected at all when looking at the color on the front of the can.
9. Minwax Provincial
Look no further if you’re wanting a stain that’s a dark brown without going too dark. This is the sister to Early American where it takes the stain color just a shade or two darker and minus the gray.
10. Minwax Dark Walnut
Dark Walnut is a favorite among many when it comes to using a dark brown stain. It doesn’t lean towards being red at all and has a beautiful richness to it. If you’re wanting to go even darker than this, I recommend trying Jacobean.
Now that we’ve explored all 10 stains on pine, poplar, red oak, and white wood, I have one more thing to share with you. I thought it would be great to show you all the stains on the same piece of wood so you can easily compare them. This is something great to pin if you know you’re going to be working with pine, for example, and you need help deciding on the best stain color for your project when it comes to pine.
I truly hope this post is beneficial for you as you start to tackle your next project that involves stain. It should save time, headache, and help you come to a quick decision on which stain you want to use. And who knows, maybe today you discovered a new favorite stain color. For me? Briarsmoke, Special Walnut, and Sunbleached are three of my favorites!
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Can You Stain Over Stain… The Same Rules Apply When Dying Your Hair!
Have you ever stained a piece of furniture and thought you picked the “perfect” stain but then realized it wasn’t what you wanted? Did you live with it, or decide to sand it down and start from scratch?
I’ve learned that staining furniture isn’t much different than dying my hair. I’ve been blonde, strawberry-blonde, streaked-blonde, red-head, black and brunette so I know what I’m talking about. 😉
Like any good hair stylist will tell you, you can apply a dark hair colour over a light colour, but not a light over a dark. To go from a dark shade to a lighter shade, you must strip and remove the dark shade first.
When it comes to furniture and wood, staining over stain works exactly the same way!
Today, while trying to turn two dirty scratched road-rescue tables into “Country-Charm”, I chose Peacan Minwax for the tops. Once applied, I decided I wanted to stain the tops much darker. What I didn’t want was the hassle of stripping and sanding all the wood over again.
I was feeling adventurous so I applied Dark Walnut Minwax stain over the already stained Pecan wood. It worked beautifully!
The end result didn’t turn out the exact shade/colour which is shown on the Dark Walnut Minwax label, but, somewhat warmer due to the golden tones of the Pecan underneath. Seeing as I’m not trying to get an exact match to any existing furniture, no biggie… and I quite like the warm tones coming through.
So here’s my lesson for the day which I’m sharing with you ~
1. Staining over stain is easy and works beautifully if your applying a dark stain over a lighter stain on raw wood.
2. You can mix 2 or more stains together to make DIY custom stains.
3. Warm stains work great to slightly warm up cooler toned stains.
4. Pick an inconspicuous spot to test your stains before applying to the entire surface.
5. Last but not least, it’s not advisable to stain over polyurethane or any other protected finish such as wax, varnish or shellac.
Here’s why. Last summer I tried touching-up scratches on a head & foot board by applying a matching cherry stain over the finish. Big mistake! After applying it, it did help camouflage the scratches but; the end result was horrible. Regardless of how many times I tried wiping it down, it felt tacky to the touch and rubbed off on my hands and clothes every time I was near it.
Have any questions or staining stories of your own? Or maybe we should have some fun and share hair dye stories gone horribly wrong… I have a few of those!
Have a great day!
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