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Red oak hardwood floor stain anxiety, help!

3 years ago
last modified: 3 years ago

We are days away from needing to select a stain for our red oak hardwoods and I'm going bonkers.
We are refinishing existing 2 1/4" red oak floors that are currently a darker stain and completely replacing the floors in some rooms, so we have to stick with red oak. I'm dying to go lighter, but I keep reading with red oak, I'm out of luck. We are considering a mix of weathered oak and mixed with gray stain (which I found scouring the net). Our flooring guys are finishing with water based finish. I'm torn between trying this combo, or sticking with something more traditional (special walnut is a runner up). It's nice, but it's not the "light" I thought we might achieve so I'm bummed.

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