Our floors upstairs are officially stained!

We went dark! Despite everyone warning me about dark floors being very hard to keep clean, we ended up going with the 75% Jacobean + 25% Ebony (the lighter of the 2 dark browns). Sorry but I had to!!!!!! I genuinely appreciated all of your Instagram messages offering your input/experiences with dark floors though. And who knows, I may kick myself later. But, I only live once. And in my gut, in my heart, burning in the depths of my soul, lives an obsession with dark floors and white walls. SO I WENT FOR IT. Time to get a Roomba!

For real though, thank you for all of your DM’s and feedback. It was so awesome being able to bounce ideas off of people, ask questions, and learn so much about floor stain from everyone who has been through this! I’m so excited to do that with the rest of this house process. And, I’m really grateful for the heads up about what a biotch dark floors can be, at least I am mentally prepared. Truly, thank you!

Below are some before + after photos, and examples of other stain colors we considered!

I’m working on a “white paint post” where I will talk more about my paint journey. But we did decide to go with both Benjamin Moore Simply White and White Dove throughout the house. The hallway shown above is Simply White but I’ll have better photos + more on that in my post to come!

I considered leaving the wood floors raw because I really do love the natural oak color so much. However, I just couldn’t get myself to pull the trigger! When I close my eyes and imagine the house finished, the floors are dark.

A note on spindles + banisters:

Just an FYI staircases are tricky when it comes to staining. We were quoted an extra $1200 just to have the hand rails and banisters stained! We passed on having the pros do it and we’re going to do it ourselves with the help of my parents.

Originally, we had the guys leave the spindles and sand + stain around them, which is tedious because it is hard to get a smooth finish in the spots in between the spindles. As expected, there was dark stain all over our white spindles, which was fine because we had planned on repainting them white ourselves later anyway. However, the stain job was WAY too goopy and chunky in some spots in between the spindles. So, we had my dad remove them for us and the stain guy came back and re-did the staircase for free.

***BOTTOM LINE: Remove the spindles removed BEFORE getting your staircase stained!

Here are the other stains we considered!

Okay so the “classic grey” is basically blue, just a heads up. The 50% Jacobean + 25% Classic Grey + 25% Weathered Oak was beautiful but I couldn’t commit because I still got a slightly blue vibe in certain lighting. I was SO close to going with the 50% Jacobean + 50% Weathered Oak, it was gorgeous and a great option if you want a light dark (if that even makes sense!). Leave any questions in the comments! Happy to tell you more about our experience with staining the second floor!



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  2. Awesome combo! We have all Jacobean and sometimes I wish it was darker, the hint of Ebony was such a good choice!

  3. How did you go about mixing those ratios? what measurement did you use? I had message you on Instagram. would love to here your feed back.

  4. Megan

    Hi Tyla – I wanted something darker than Jacobean but lighter than Ebony so I tried 50/50 at first but it was slightly too dark. So, my floor guy suggested 75/25 and I loved it! There isn’t really a rule to the ratios or measurements you can have them mix up anything you want to and do a sample on your floor, very easy!

  5. Megan

    Hi Lisa! I’m pretty sure it’s red oak!

  6. I’m sorry one more question did you lay down any polyurethane? If so what was it

  7. Megan

    Hi! Yes the floor people applied a coat of liquid oil based polyurethane on top of the stain to seal it – but I do not know what the brand is! Hope that helps 🙂

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  9. What did you use to sand it down to natural wood? I have a red oak coffee table I am wanting to do. I stained it simple walnut and weathered oak and is not what I am looking for

  10. Megan

    Hi Sherry! We had professionals sand and stain our wood floors, I’m not sure what their process was – sorry! Best of luck 🙂

  11. Megan

    Hi Rob, I’m so sorry I don’t know what brand of stain our floor guys used!

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