It’s one of their new stains. My first go around I noticed an embarrassing amount of blotching from the stain. How many coats of stain did you put on the wood samples shown in the photos? Thank you! I love seeing all these options! I don’t know if everything else (floor, walls) is ‘cool’ if the tone should be warm? Really nice job on this! lighten, darken, turn redder, etc.)? I personally like their water based Polycrylic. You should really check out “Invisble” by Loba. Great article – one of the very best I’ve seen on the effects of Minwax stains on different woods. It is an elusive stain!! I’m having a pine table made, but I don’t love any of those stains. I cannot thank you enough for doing this experiment and sharing it! Isn’t that going to make staining tricky – as shown with this post, different woods take on different looks? On a side note, am I the only one that reads these blog posts in Julia’s voiceover since they started the podcast? My first piece was an old white oak writing desk from the school where I teach that had been absued over the years. Thank you. This is SUCH a helpful post! Minwax Jacobean. Haha! which one you will prefer ? It was extremely helpful. this post has disappeared…. We looked at the above samples in every lighting possible: sunlight, lights on, lights off, in the dark and even three different kinds of light bulbs. white or red ?? This is sososo helpful! 145 Golden Pecan* 139/239 Rosewood. Wife, dog mom, graphic designer, lover of big hair, hater of laundry and loser of keys; Ashley Brown is a graphic designer and longtime interior design enthusiast. nightstands I’d like to refinish to make more at home — after this post I’m seriously considering stain instead of paint. I thought the pickled looked nice too. Best option is to cut small pieces of what you’re going to be using and do some at-home tests to see the impact. I have been doing wood finishing for over 20 years and I can’t tell you how hard it is to get a client to appreciate how different stains look on different types of wood. We really have nothing bad to say about this stain, other than it could stand to be somewhat darker on the non-grain portions. Would that eliminate the pink? Do you have an picture example you could link me too? I loved this. This rich blend of oil and resin gives hardwood floors a soft, satiny sheen. 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. Why would they do that and not stick with white oak??? It’s the perfect, medium-dark wood stain with golden highlights that show through the wood grain. I have some white oak chairs I bought half finished from an antiques place and stained dark walnut… they came out like a dream. It’s so hard to decide!! I’m nervous I won’t like how it turns out. I am looking to build a platform / platform bed and I have white oak grey pink floors and looking to contrast it with either a less grainy wood like natural Birch, Maple, and not White Oak, but may want to stain it with a semi glossed Charcoal Gray. I would like to stain it in a Jacobean Blend with gray 75-25, Dark Walnut or Espresso but I am not seeing many examples out there of Acacia being used or re-stained. Dura Seal Quick Coat Stains are a premium quality penetrating finish that can be topcoated in 2 to 4 hours. I’m open to suggestions on which of the ones here to use or if you have something else I should look at (different color stain), let me know! This makes me want to get some wood and stain it for a piece in my house. That proved to be really helpful in getting the look we were going for. What about bleaching the red oak first then applying the simply white stain? We can’t wait to see it… the anticipation is practically killing us! Your illustrations were fantastic and saved me from making a huge mistake. I’m going to try the simply white on white oak. Top to Bottom: Nutmeg, Provincial, Special Walnut, Jacobean. Your post was the clincher. I’ve referred back to this so many times. I have read you can bleach red Oak but don’t know how labor-intensive that is I was told my original 1930s floor could not be refinished So picked white oak which I prefer but then a different refinisher said yes they can be refinished. And I bet you’ll never guess Red Oak’s undertones. $24.29. This was incredibly helpful! Thanks so much for your help and for this wonderful post! Thank you again for all the time you put into keeping the general public informed. 131/231 Ebony. Duraseal Quick Coat stain is a quick dry 2-hour formula that ensures your flooring project keeps moving along. Dark Walnut Stain, Quart Container. Finding the Perfect Lamp for the Living Room and FINALLY Tackling the Honey Oak Game Cupboard at the Bottom of the Stairs. Poplar looked a little bit like watermelon. The wood is extremely dry. Extremely helpful!! Riftsawn and quartersawn oak is gorgeous, but plainsawn needs to go away! This is very helpful and well organized, thank you! 2. I do wish we could take it further :) I have a half dozen (or more) cans of Minwax! In the past, if what I stained was too intense, I mixed a little light grey paint with lots of water, brushed it over the stained wood, then wiped it off. This is one of my favorite posts I have ever read – ! I love the white oak with the simply white stain. Great information! We are in the middle of updating our 1940s fixer upper and last month we stained our upstairs, red oak floors Jacobean and I LOVE them. Do you have thoughts on these 3 and why antique brown doesn’t seem to be as popular? I have a red oak floor I’d like to redo. YOU ARE AWESOME. I’m a beginner learning how to refinish furniture… sanding is therapeutic to me, and I love seeing the potential in the wood under all the old stain/ varnish. Frank and his crew are coming in next week to begin the staining process! I agree with Sarah! Hi, I Am searching for best stain for cedar fence. This was so helpful to see all the stains on the birch board. I have red oak floor that we are considering staining to become a medium brown like yours! Dang- wish I had seen/used your wood stain tips! Would it be too white going that route? If you are looking for the best wood flooring stain for you hardwood floor, choose Duraseal Quick Coat Stain. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Thank you so much. I am limited on cabinet space so I am doing diy open shelves in our kitchen and I just knew your blog was the place to go for tips on mixing wood tones! This really helped me determine the piece I am working on is red oak! I must have read that wrong somewhere. This will hopefully help you see how Pine, Birch, Poplar, White Oak and Red Oak’s undertones play with different stain undertones. This was incredibly helpful. Since I poured concrete flooring (this is our second flood) and it is gray and my walls are repose gray, the bedrooms, where most of the doors are, I feel – need a wood stain to give the rooms warmth. Also was a polyurethane topcoat added which would yellow the stain some? I’ve never used a pre-conditioner but after a few not so great results, I decided to do so in the future. The pine board looked the least natural with this stain. I’m guessing Minwax sent you one directly since they sponsored this post? I chose Provincial because it's a nice medium brown with cool undertones (less gold and red). WOULD LOve to see samples of stains on cedar! It can be applied over any wood but is especially necessary when working with soft or porous woods like pine, alder, birch, and maple. We did provincial stain lightened 50%. I have a bit of a dilemma in that I have white oak floors in my newly renovated kitchen and original red Oak from 1930 on the rest of my main floor. Some of my cabinet uppers have fluted glass, and the thought of staining everything inside the cabinet, too, has my head spinning! Its unique formulation provides a surface that can be topcoated in two hours. It turned out a very neutral, medium brown colour. Ashley, thank you for sharing your experience. Or 3 coats stain? we saw it in an office and i knew i HAD to have it. 10 Gifts I Got For My Girlfriends This Year, Faye’s Bedroom Transformation and her dream “Princess Bed”,, Without being in the space we can’t really say, but one thing I would do is find a piece of red oak that matches the finish of your banister etc. I’ve noticed in our new house that some of the pine woodwork is more yellow than others. I appreciate your work doing this, but now I’m more confused! 5 thumbs up for you in my book. 140 Colonial Maple* 102/202 Nutmeg. The Jacobean was a one of our choices, I’m leaning toward Ebony now with 2 coats. I’m loving the simply white on the pine but I was hoping to get your opinion!? Yes, the harder (denser) the wood, like yellow or white birch or maple, oak, the more difficult it is to accept stains where you want darker results. Thank you so much for doing this! But if it’s red oak, you could purchase a red oak board from Lowe’s and do a bunch of tests on your own to get the color right. Thanks for that. I wasn’t too crazy about it at first because I didn’t think it was dark enough. However, I became a big fan when we saw the sample on our floors. Last, is the redder of the two dark stains we experimented with. Thank you so much – Julia, Great post! My project is to build a side table and coffee table using 1/2″ black iron pipe and then picking an edge glued wood for the top of it. I’m curious of a recipe for red oak to match white oak. We came to picked Oak after looking into wax-based finishes (Bona, etc.) My best guess is about $30 less coming out of my pocket which will cover door hinges, door pulls and the shelf pins….. To give each wood the best chance at sporting stain, we started our study with Minwax’s Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Curious how an oil based vs water based would affect the colors especially on the white oak. It should! We literally just finished stripping and sanding down pine stairs that had been painted and coated in sand by the previous owners… yesterday. In the process of building a house and the trim color really has me struggling. Thank You, Thank You Thank You for doing this. Love this! I really want to stain some birch wood in a medium reddish stain now, for a MCM inspired TV cabinet. Ft. of 6/4. Naturals in a very red way. Ultimately, I think I’ll need to coordinate a color so that I can leave the inside of the cabinets gold, which suggests black to me. Everything I’ve used makes my red oak look pink! When you answered 3 coats, does that mean 1 coat stain and 2 poly? Also wondering if there is much difference between Bona Jacobean and DuraSeal? I hope that helps. Great job. Maybe Jacobean. Great post idea. : ). Call us crazy, but the stain will be going throughout the house (see floor plan here), so we want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect. Did you sand the woods before staining them? My kitchen table is made of rosewood and the weathered oak stain appears very gray like driftwood, but on red and white oak the stain will take on more golden hues. Also, which wood would be most like maple? Required fields are marked *. Really! Our home is a traditional colonial with all white oak floors… except the previous homeowners remodeled the kitchen and dining room and put in red oak! However, I noticed in your photos showing Dark Walnut and Jacobean, the pine samples for each color look much lighter than the same colors do in the photo of only pine boards with all of the colors. Thanks so much for any insight you might have! In fact, it looked almost pinky gray. I wanted to point out 2 other variables though that would affect color, just in case someone with different results might be wondering why: 1. Birch has pink undertones. Wow, I didn’t realize that about sanding! The cherry does not ‘show’ where any of the doors are. This is so great that you are partnering with Minwax. Probably because we are getting ready to choose a stain for floors in the house we have been renovating. Had I known that I would’ve picked red oak again for my kitchen although it’s not my preference. I was really impressed with it! Treating raw wood with conditioner helps prevent streaks and blotches by evening out the absorption of oil-based stains. We did a very light sanding and did stain these inside. 111 Provincial* 143/243 Sedona Red. I’m sure you have saved many of us from buying the wrong stain/wood combination for a project. Natural wood tones vary, so expect your final stain color to vary slightly from board to board. if you have other ideas let me know. #walnuthardwoodflooringredoak #woodflooringstain But the Dark Walnut goes with our new wood floors and the vibe of our house better. I love how classic / timeless it looks but…that white oak with Simply White stain definitely gives me the heart eyes. Where with pine (except heart pine), it’s softness accepts stain quickly and often unevenly, which is why conditioner is so important to use before staining many softwoods. which is not what I want.please help. we love it too. Took us too much time in make this video. Our floors are … a maple color, I guess? Guess I’ll have to ask the girlfriend what her preference is and I’ll build it to her specs. Do more!! I tested Minwax Jacobean stain, Dark Walnut stain, Special Walnut stain, and a mixture of 1 part Dark Walnut stain to 1 part Special Walnut stain. I just sent them an example photo of something I like, but didn’t specify a stain. 123/223 Coffee Brown. This rich blend of oil and resin gives hardwood floors a soft, satiny sheen. I am restoring a significantly damaged Gunn barrister bookcase….in oak….and your comparison has helped me finalize my choice! Thanks so much for putting this together. This was such a great post! You could even paint it a contrasting color! We’re in a rental so we’re stuck with the very dark mahogany cabinets with brushed silver hardware. I really would like to cool down the warm undertones some, and I am wondering- do you think more coats of the white would do that? It really softened each wood tone and color while not masking any grain–like semi-opaque stains do. You want some contrasts. I only wish you could have tested all of them. Thanks for pulling this together! Is that weird…? Going to bookmark it or future reference. }); Your email address will not be published. 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. :D I hated every single stain on both oaks! We feel like we should have a floor staining party or something! That’s so good to hear! Yes!! We recent had a fireplace mantle done in Red Oak and were afraid to stain it. 'http' : 'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)) {e = d.createElement(s); = id;e.src = p + '://' + '' + '/js/shopthepost.js';d.body.appendChild(e);}if(typeof window.__stp === 'object') if(d.readyState === 'complete') {window.__stp.init();}}(document, 'script', 'shopthepost-script'); Your email address will not be published. Thank you for conducting this experiment! , I had to comment because I am standing in front of the stain display at Lowe’s and I am trying to pick a stain. The Douglas fir has a orange tent I need to tone down. Putting something on paper usually does change the color tone and it can’t really be judged until you see the real thing, especially since wood will soak some of it up. My question is this: we ripped up the carpet and it looks like there is red oak underneath and the new wood that was put down in the new part of the house looks like a white oak. We crossed this one off the list. You know what would make this complete? Kind Regards, Susan This was the best article on staining I have ever seen. When we looked at the swatches in the booklet, we really liked this stain. I am getting ready to refinish a dresser and the Simply White is the look I’m going for. However, when we saw a bigger sample on our floors, we weren’t so sure anymore. Thanks for this post! I would like the ‘old world’ type of look to the finish. I appreciate any thoughts on this. A few posts ago, we talked about hardwood floor stain colors. dark, not too light, with lots of variation What do you think!? We sampled Jacobean and dark walnut on pine and our samples came out much darker than yours. This is SO and great and helpful- I seriously loved reading this and studying the results. Thanks for sharing! Olympic Stain 56500-5 Maximum Waterproofing Sealant, 5 Gallons, Clear 4.4 out of 5 stars 429. It’s funny, when looking at the picture that was the color I was hoping you chose! Probably, but you’d likely need a combo of stains and I’m not sure what that combo would be. formId: '5d767f96afdf3e000f968472', Hi- we are struggling between jacobean, dark walnut and antique brown. Dura Seal Quick Coat Stains are a premium quality penetrating finish that can be topcoated in 2 to 4 hours. Can’t usually see good stain variations anywhere online. I had to decide quickly (insert problem) for selecting a stain and was not used to staining any type of cedar and made the mistake of teak (color choice). I’ll be saving this as reference for all of my future projects :), Love this, thank you! Cabot makes a good one, and you can get it from Lowe’s. DuraSeal ® Quick Coat Penetrating Finish is a semi-transparent stain formulated to seal, color and provide exceptional durability when used on bare wood and masonry surfaces. Thanks! I really love the Simply White and am considering using it on an antique mahogany piece. This is the BEST ever and so thorough! On our floors, though, it wasn’t dark enough in certain lighting, and it had a lot of unexpected lighter gray tones. That was one my absolute favorite! This was so helpful for me, and my most amateur endeavors. thanks. I also tried with and without conditioner, which didn’t seem to make much difference with the darker samples. 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