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help with floor stain color (semi-x-post)

10 years ago

I posted in flooring asking for stain color help (I'd like a medium, non-orange-y brown) and hollysprings warned me against staining old heart pine at all, as it doesn't take stain well. The original floors were stained reddish:

I don't want them to turn out splotchy like this:

Eclectic Kitchen by Dallas General Contractors Key Residential

But I'm afraid just sealing it natural will be too orange-y like this:

Eclectic Kitchen by Salem Photographers Tess Fine

Something like this would be fine:

Eclectic Living Room by Amsterdam Media and Bloggers Kaylovesvintage

What has been your experience with staining old pine floors? Likely color outcomes of staining vs. sealing?

I will have some walnut inlaid portions, and walnut needs no stain to look good.

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