I don’t know why I’m writing another post about my floors. Probably because it’s been the dark shadow of my existence for the past month until it was recently fixed.
I’m in a much better place now.
In the past 6 months (2 months longer than expected), I have learned a lot through my renovation mistakes. My flooring fiasco is definitely the one that has caused me the most grief.
In my last post, I mentioned that I wanted to capture the beautiful tone of freshly-sanded white oak. I chose the Bona DriFast stain in Birch because it seemed like the best option (of all of the swatches.)
Well, that was lesson #1. Don’t use a stain if you want natural floors.
Lesson #2. Alway listen to your GUT. I really kicked myself for this one. When the flooring contractor my GC used swatched the stains for me, there were some things that should have given me pause.
For instance, the white stain looked horrendous on my floors. I should have known then that their application of stain was too heavy for my taste.
I had other misgivings that I just swept aside because I was so focused on moving the project forward.
Lesson #3. If you don’t like something, stop work immediately. It will NOT get better. I was immediately disappointed after the stain was applied.
It didn’t look like the swatch that was pictured. (I think I could have lived with that.) Instead, it looked like there was a hazy, muddy film over the entire floor. What I hated most was how it covered up the beautiful grain patterns of the wood.
But, for whatever reason, I thought it would look better after it was finished.
I now know that I was in denial.
Two coats of Bona Traffic HD later was a much costlier mistake to fix.
After a lot of angst and grief – because it’s hard to justify refinishing newly finished floors! – I ultimately decided that I would not be able to live with the flooring choices I made.
I scoured the web for the look that I was trying to achieve. I read countless forum posts and blog posts and reviews but I couldn’t find a satisfactory answer.
I finally made a trip to my hardwood flooring supplier and posed the same dilemma. The manager immediately recommended a new product – Loba 2K Invisible Protect AT. He showed me a sample in the store and I was ecstatic.