So many good questions this week! Should I take it that the mailbag is back on? Let’s get to it…
A “friend” recently bought a house that needs a little help. It’s vintage 1978, with lots of golden oak floors and unpainted oak trim around the windows and doors. That by itself seems like a lot of oakiness for his taste, but to top it off, the previous owner recently remodeled the kitchen and selected cherry cabinets, which don’t seem to work very well with the floors and trim. Redoing the kitchen again isn’t in the budget for the foreseeable future. He’s considering staining the floors – would you recommend darker or lighter? What’s the difference between bleaching and liming? Any other ideas?
ML: Hmmmm. Golden oak really screams 70s and not in a good way. And pairing it with cherry is really adding insult to injury. Here’s what I would do. I definitely prefer the idea of lightening the oak floor vs darken it. Dark floors can be pretty but have been really overdone in the past few years. Also, if you have a pet, they will show every hair which is something to take into consideration. The lighter treatments look much fresher and more modern to my eye.
Quarter sawn white oak with a driftwood finish: Read the rest of this post »