Hardwood Floors Installed and Stained

The hardwood floors were installed a few weeks ago but we held off  uploading pictures until the stain was applied.  One of the main things Bethany and I both agreed about as a design requirement for the new house was that we would have absolutely zero carpet.  We have a lot of kids so carpet always ends up stained, dirty, and gross.  We also just love the way hardwood floors look and feel.  This post has some pictures of the newly installed wood floors.  The final coat of polyurethane has not been applied yet but they shouldn’t look a lot different in the end than they do now.

The wood floors are solid Red Oak grade #2 and the stain applied is Minwax Ebony.  We chose grade 2 floors because we were told there would be more grain markings…which went with the look we were going for (as an added bonus…grade #2 is cheaper than grade #1).  We used the same stain for all the floors – the main floor, upstairs, and above the garage.  Bethany is a fan of the way the dark colors look but we will have to let you know after we move in if the dark colors show foot traffic and messes worse than expected. Bethany had a hard time choosing between Minwax Ebony and Minwax Jacobean.  She even tried a 50/50 mixture of those two stains.  Here is what the two stain options looked like side by side on our family room floor:

Two swatches of stain Bethany used to decide between Minwax Ebony and Jacobean (she decided on Ebony)
Two swatches of stain Bethany used to decide between Minwax Ebony and Jacobean (she decided on Ebony)

Here are some pictures of the hardwood floors installed and stained (the floors currently have a glossy polyurethane coat but the final coat will be matte and not appear so glossy):

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Wood floors freshly installed and before the stain was applied
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Wood steps installed on the staircase
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Our older kids checking out the new wood floors (the darker splotches on the right hand side are the test swatches of the two stains we were trying to choose between…its hard to tell in the picture because the floors are already covered in drywall dust)
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Freshly stained floors still drying…we were not allowed to walk on them when this picture was taken.
 
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Dining room hardwood floors stained
Kitchen hardwood floors after the first coat of polyurethane was applied.
Kitchen hardwood floors after the first coat of polyurethane was applied.
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Close-up picture of the oak floors showing the grain after being stained
Hardwood floors stained...only one coat of polyurethane left to apply (will be done closer to the end of the build...right before we move in)
Hardwood floors stained…only one coat of polyurethane left to apply (will be done closer to the end of the build…right before we move in)
Family room hardwood floors
Family room hardwood floors
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Master bedroom closet hardwood floors

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Thanks! Anthony

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