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Match and Refinish Red Oak floors or Replace Everything?

5 years ago

We are currently renovating a 1970s colonial. The flooring was a mess when we purchased and very disjointed with a mix of travertine in the foyer and bathroom, some type of white tile in the kitchen, and 5 year old, pre-fab. red oak 3 1/2 flooring in the office, living room, dining room and family room. All of the tile was all laid on top of concrete and is higher than the wood floors.Our initial plan was to rip out the tiled areas and match the existing wood floors with new wood flooring so the entire 1st floor is the same, and level. Of the 1600 sq ft on the first floor, about 1100 is wood.The problem is, I hate red oak. Everything I've read up on, there is no way to disguise the red with lighter color flooring. We are redoing our kitchen in a contemporary style, white slab uppers, oak slab veneer lowers, matte black pulls, white quartz countertops with a waterfall edge. Is there any way to make red oak floors look good with this style? Or would you just replace it all? The quotes I received to fill in new red oak, and sand and stain everything to match range from 12k-16k.Given that I'm due in 12 weeks, and budget constraints, we've also considered using luxury vinyl planks by Karndean. We also will have 2 under 2 and a 45lb dog. I'm afraid it'll look cheap though! Ugh, just torn about what to do.Thanks for reading all of this

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