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New spliced in floor doesn't match existing after refinishing

4 years ago

Hi all,

I could use some advice on this. We had removed a wall between the living and family rooms a while back and now are getting the hardwood floor expanded. Our floor guy said we had red oak and spliced in additional red oak. The original (~1965) floors are on the bottom half of the picture, the new at the top. The entire floor was sanded and stained (Duraseal early american) and sealed. As you can see, the new wood is quite a bit darker than than the old. You can even tell where it was spliced in due to the color differences. The new flooring planks do have a bit more grain overall than the old, but even grain vs grain and non-grain vs non-grain sections of old vs new don't match.

We brought the floor guy back today and he was pretty much just saying that's the way it is. The new wood absorbs more stain than the older wood. We pressed him for options but he didn't have much to say. A bit later he called and said there were 3 options. First, rip out old wood and put new in (not really an option as we don't want to spend more and I don't want to reward this work with more money). 2. sand everything again and go with a lighter stain. 3. sand everything and go with a darker stain.

The new wood section is already darker than we care for. It's on the north side of the house and doesn't get as much light. Going lighter is a possible option but I don't know how well it will work. This floor is a step down area and the step up area does have more of the old flooring. We are mostly OK with them looking different as it is a separate area. I do worry that a lighter stain might show more red and that might not work for us.

Any suggestions? We've already lost 2 weeks now (which has delayed our already super long kitchen remodel even more).



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