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  1. How many coats on the 75%/25% classic gray/Jacobean? Love it. I’m staining a table. Do you wipe off or “soak” the wood? Thanks!

    1. Typically just one coat of the stain. The key is practicing on an area first to see how much you need to wipe off to get your look. Some of it also depends on the type of wood. I always think rubbing stain in and then wiping off with a clean rag gives you more control over the finished look. Good luck! Would love to see a pic when you’re done!

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  4. Used the Duraseal version of your final choice on red oak #1. The decorator, floor sales person and stain expert were all amazed at the depth and beauty. The final product with a matte Bona oil finish is a glory to behold. Thank you so much. Big fan!

    1. David that’s amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! If you ever think of it I would love to see a picture and may even add it to the post for others to see with your permission . If you are up for it u can email a pic to ahna@hammersnhugs.com but if not no worries at all. Just so glad you shared! ?

  5. Thanks for sharing these tips! I’m having Fabulous Floors Charleston out this week to refinish some of my hardwood floors in my kitchen, and I’m kind of struggling to settle on the stain I want. This has been really helpful. Still not totally sure what I want but I’m felling like I have some more direction now.

  6. Hi! When you say mix do they mix the stains together or do they do part of the floor in one color and the other part in another?

  7. Do you have pics of stains on white oak? Looking for a medium/light brown with gray highlights for a beach house

    1. Hi Laura! Actually most of these pics are red oak! Our floor at the end of the post is also red oak. Good luck! Would love to see what you choose!

      1. I noticed at the top of the post you mention the floors in he pictures are red oak. Just want to confirm that they are, and not on white oak! Thanks!

      2. Yes! Now I was obviously dependent on what the bloggers said themselves! My floors from our house at the end of the post are definitely red oak.

      3. Ok now I’m totally confused… are you working with white oak or red oak? They stain completely different so hoping to use your post as reference but the wood type really matters!

      4. Steph, I just read through the comments, and I can see why you’re confused. The final answer is red oak. These floors are red oak!

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