choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Choosing The Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

Choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain is overwhelming – not too brown, not too dark, not too gray . . . Check out this 4 step tutorial, and browse through lots of finished farmhouse style floors to find the best farmhouse style floor stain for your home! 

We were fortunate enough to find that the entire upstairs (minus the bathroom) in our French Country Cottage fixer upper had red oak hardwood flooring.   Once we ripped up all the carpet, pulled out the 5 million staples, tore up the tack boards and sanded the planks all down (no big deal) . . . it was time for choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain.

Choosing The Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

1.  Know your wood. 

Before you can choose the best farmhouse style floor stain you need to know the wood you are dealing with.

The Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

The above image is an awesome breakdown of hardwood flooring options from Elizabeth Bixler’s post “Solid Hardwood Floors: Types to Use in Your Home.”

Ours happens to be red oak.

Choosing The Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

2.  Know your style. 

If you are installing brand new hardwood than this step would perhaps come first.  In our case, we were refinishing existing flooring, but it is crucial to have a sense of what your style is.  You are asking yourself why is she saying this when clearly my style is “farmhouse?”  Let’s be honest.  There is the Fixer Upper style farmhouse as perfected by Joanna Gaines which pulls very cool tones with little red or orange and leans almost vintage industrial.  There is French Country Farmhouse which if more provincial  would classically include warmer shades of brown, red and orange, or you can lean toward a Shabby Chic Farmhouse which is not as industrial as Joanna, but is still not pulling the terra cotta warmth of a classic provincial style.

Or you may be like me and incorporate elements from all of the above!

SO . . . that meant I was looking for a stain that would work with our bedroom suite which was more of the French Shabby Chic gray, but could also work with the warmer tones of our first floor as this stain was coming down the stairs and would meet with the mortar washed brick floor of the foyer.

 

Choosing The Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

3.  Know your stains.  

I happen to love Minwax Stain so all of these floors are red oak floors finished with Minwax stains.  Let’s go window shopping!

Choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Elizabeth Bixler Designs

The above picture shows some of the most commonly considered options for choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain.   But what happens when you mix them???

Let’s go in order of the overall finished tone of the stain.

Dark Toned Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

 

100% Jacobean

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Jade Floors

 

50% Jacobean  50% Ebony

Choosing the Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

 

100% Dark Walnut

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Inspired By Charm

 

100% Dark Walnut

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Valenti Floors

Medium Toned Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

75% Classic Gray  25% Jacobean

The Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

Elizabeth Bixler Designs 

 

66% Classic Gray  33% Jacobean

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

 

50% Jacobean  25% Classic Gray  25% Weathered Oak

Choosing the Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

Perfect Home Improvement

 

50% Dark Walnut  50% Special Walnut

Choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Addicted 2 Decorating

 

50% Special Walnut  50% Weathered Oak

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100% Special Walnut

choosing the best farmhousestyle floor stain

Valenti Flooring

 

Light Toned Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

100% Weathered Oak

Choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Sand and Sisal

 

100% Classic Gray

Choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Elizabeth Bixler Designs

 

100% Classic Gray

Choosing the Best farmhouse style floor stain

Hamptons Wood Flooring

 

66% Weathered Oak  33% Classic Gray

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Jade Floors

 

75% Classic Gray  25% Provincial

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

 

 

Choosing The Best Farmhouse Style Floor Stain

4.  Know what works for you!

Everyone that knows me can insert their shocked faces here, but I didn’t go with any of the above.  In fact, I didn’t find anyone who really ended up with the combo I went with.

Our wonderful floor guy did what I asked him to and tried a couple color combos for me.  I didn’t like any of them.  Ha.

50% Espresso  50% Classic Gray

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

I really did love the overall tone here, but it was too dark.  Will show every spec of dirt.

50% Special Walnut  50% Weathered Oak

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Gorgeous color.  But too brown/orange.

33% Jacobean  66% Classic Gray

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Ugh.  This almost looked like a sickly green.

50% Jacobean  25% Weathered Oak  25% Classic Gray

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

Getting there, but I still felt the tone was too cool/black.

50% Espresso  25% Weathered Oak  25% Classic Gray

choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

PERFECTION.  Up close you can see the way it does pull some cool from the Classic Gray, but the Weathered Oak was exactly what the Espresso needed to lighten it up.  Ah look at that wood grain.  Gorgeous!

I cannot wait to update this post when these beautiful red oak floors are done!!!!!

But in the meantime . . . which are your favorite????!!!

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choosing the best farmhouse style floor stain

 

 

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