There are only a few original items left in my home. The upstairs hardwoods are one of them. They are a red pine and were in questionable condition when I bought the house. The wood looked like it had been stained within an inch of its life and each room had a huge square in the middle where the floor was a different color. Maybe wear from a rug?
It was not easy as I didn’t want my floors to have a red hue. Pretty hard considering it’s red pine. I almost considered staining them black! It was important that the color match the wood look tile I used in the bathroom and compliment my laminate downstairs (it’s a greyish distressed look I knew I couldn’t replicate).
Here were my many choices.
I ended up choosing the color espresso by minwax. Here is how it turned out.
And this is the final look with the polyurethane top coat. These floors are seriously like butter. You’d never know they were 100 years old.