Well, friends, I’m back with the dramatic conclusion of my adventures in refinishing my hardwood floors with dark walnut stain.

In case you’re new to this saga, here’s a quick recap: I bought a house. The second floor had carpet which was ripped out before the house was listed for sale. The floors were in bad shape and needed to be refinished before I moved anything upstairs. I hired someone to refinish them. Now they are complete and beautiful!

All caught up? Great!

Here are the floors in all their glory:

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Refinished Hardwood Floors with Dark Walnut Stain and Satin Poly Finish

Refinished Hardwood Floors with Dark Walnut Stain and Satin Poly Finish

Refinished Hardwood Floors with Dark Walnut Stain and Satin Poly Finish

You’ll probably notice that the floor color can look slightly different from one picture to the next. That’s because the light is different in each room and cameras have a way of distorting things. The lesson from this: If you’re staining floors (or painting walls), it’s always a good idea to test color options in your own space. You may love a color in someone else’s home or room or in a photo you found on Pinterest, but that hue may look totally different in your home. It’s smart to take the time to sample.

With that out of the way, let’s have a look around.

Refinished Hardwood Floors with Dark Walnut Stain and Satin Poly Finish

Refinished Hardwood Floors with Dark Walnut Stain and Satin Poly Finish

Hardwood Floors: Dark Walnut Stain

As I mentioned previously, I selected Dark Walnut for the stain color. The poly finish is satin. The wood on my floors is Red Oak.

I shared this with you in my previous post, but here is the color of the floors in the downstairs (left) compared with the upstairs (right). I wanted to avoid orange undertones, and this dark walnut stain was perfect.

Refinishing my Upstairs Hardwood Floors

I also like how the stain brings out the grain in the wood. This adds texture and movement, which I think will help to disguise dust and dirt between cleanings.

I’m not sure if you can see it in any of the photos, but I will need to repaint all of the base moldings because stain got on them. It’s not a big deal since all of the rooms will eventually get repainted. I’m saving that project for the winter months.

Refinished Hardwood Floors with Dark Walnut Stain and Satin Poly Finish

I am thrilled with the refinished floors and the dark walnut stain. and I was excited to finally be able to move into the second floor of my home. While I was told I could start moving furniture onto the floors after 72 hours. I decided to wait for about 10 days. It might have been a bit excessive, but I wasn’t in a huge rush and didn’t want to risk the possibility of damaging the new finish.

Since then, I’ve been using what I have to start getting the upstairs furnished and functional. A week ago my mom visited for the weekend. (She was my first guest.) So I purchased a queen mattress for one room and two twins for another. I still have a long way to go, but it’s feeling more like home.

Refinished Hardwood Floors with Dark Walnut Stain and Satin Poly Finish

Refinished Hardwood Floors with Dark Walnut Stain and Satin Poly Finish

Refinished Hardwood Floors with Dark Walnut Stain and Satin Poly Finish

If I can get my ducks in a row, I’ll share a short updated video tour of my home with you early next week. Stay tuned for that!

I hope you enjoyed this first look at my refinished hardwood floors.

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  • Charmaine at

    Gorgeous! That color was meant to be.

  • Stacey at

    A labor of love-but so very with it! Well done!

  • Thea at

    I am living through you! Everything is beautiful! Your outdoor views are amazing, the floor stain is perfect. Can you share the paint color in the living room/kitchen area?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      The repainted the house before I moved in. I have all the paint cans, I just haven’t matching things up yet. I’ll be sure to share paint colors once I do. Thank you for your patience!

      xo Michael

  • Elizabeth at

    What is the bedding on the twin beds?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’ll be sharing more soon. Just white coverlets from HomeGoods. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • KimS at

    “New” floors, I can only imagine the glorious feeling! And, they are beautiful.

  • Arli at

    The floors are GORGEOUS! So happy for you. (And jealous.)

  • Rose at

    Did you go woth an oil or water based finish? I am having trouble deciding. Love the stain you went with!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! It was water-based. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Reenie at

    Beautiful

  • liz n. at

    Perfect, perfect, perfect!

  • ChrisB at

    Absolutely gorgeous and just what I’ve been looking for!

  • Kim R at

    Your floors are beautiful and will be beautiful for a very long time. I also have red oak floors, and the stain must be similar to yours. I agree that the stain adds texture and movement due to the grain. That is what I especially like about my floors, but I didn’t know how to describe it – thanks!
    I’m enjoying this journey with you!
    Kim

  • Sherry at

    I love that the stain is sheer enough to really allow the grain to shine through. Gorgeous!!!

  • PJ at

    Beautiful floors! Your guest rooms look very inviting.

  • slope game at

    Absolutely gorgeous and just what I’ve been looking for!

  • Janet at

    Ahhh….sigh….perfection! Absolutely beautiful and yes, no orange! I have orange undertones in my 1950 ranch and plan to refinish in the future. Possibly having no stain at all, just natural wood color since my home is so very small. Anyway, love what you are doing so far and the plans look just great! Thank you for sharing, Michael! Your mom is indeed a blessed woman! 🙂

  • Cathy at

    Help please! What vacuum do you recommend for the hardwood floors? We pulled up the carpet in our 30’s house and had the pine and oak floors refinished. The floor guy recommended Bona for cleaning and a vacuum with a horsehair bristle attachment. Yeh, right, good luck with that! So what do you use? Many thanks!

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