December 1, 2015 by Sarah
We got the hardwood floors refinished upstairs. Special thanks to my dear husband for taking some sweet photos with his new Go Pro Hero 4.
Hardwood floors refinished…and just finished, I mean.
We layed the hardwood in the hallway fresh. Quarter-sawn white oak. After tons and tons of research and debating and changing my mind and changing it again, we went without a stain and just had the floor sealed by our flooring guy Brian.
I just didn’t want to make this hallway any darker, and the natural white oak color looked really nice with the small hallway and paint color. It turned out really beautiful.
In the laundry area there was already red oak flooring in place. Since we usually pretty much every piece of new flooring we decided to keep it as is.
Here you can really see the difference between the white and red oak.The red oak has more warm red, pink and yellow tones while the white has more cool colored white, grey and light brown tones.
Also you can see the different type of cuts.
This red oak is the typical plain sawn cut that comes standard and sometimes gives all oak a bad name. A lot of people do not like the long and whindy grain pattern of plain flat sawn oak. I don’t mind it so long as it isn’t stained an awful 1980s orange or honey color (see photo above). I think it can look nice with a medium to dark stain.
The white oak we bought is quarter-sawn and rift cut. The quartered pieces show a distinctly beautiful grain pattern consisting of flecks or rays. This areas are more reflective/shiny than the rest of the wood which makes it stick out a bit.
The rift cut boards have long and consistent grain that is a more modern style. The lack of dark grain gives it a very clean look. It looks really nice mixed in with the more traditional look of the quartered boards. I priced out quarters only and it was may more than I wanted to spend, especially when the white oak is already more expensive than red.
The bedrooms are old 1.5in strip maple flooring. We patched the floors where needed and now that they are sanded down and refinished they looks great!
BOOM. A-MA-ZING! On all the floors we had our flooring guy use Bona Traffic which is supposed to be a much harder finish than regular poly. We are hoping that it holds up to our cats nails a little better. I am so thrilled with how good these floors turned out. Absolutely beautiful and Brian the Floorman was a treat to work with. I would definitely recommend him. We used Brian when we got our hardwood floors refinished in the kitchen too. Lots of trim work ahead of us as we get ready to move our furniture back upstairs. EEEEEEEEKKKK!