We were so excited to redo some hardwoods!
In our last house, we were so thankful to even have wood, but there wasn’t money to refinish them.
The color was fine, but we both always pictured some gorgeous dark floors like these.
They’re so rich to me.
We went with Minwax Dark Walnut.
We are so in love with how they turned out. Shall we do a little before and after action to see the difference?
Sorry these pictures are a bit dark. I only had my iPhone on hand to take them, but was DYING to show you guys.
Here’s an up close shot of the kitchen floors.
Yep, nice and rich to me.
I love how it contrasts against the white walls too.
I will say that our floor guy told us not to use this color. We had always dreamed of dark floors, but he said that it will show scratches more than lighter colors. We considered doing a different color, but really had our hearts set on this one.
He did suggest a stronger type of finish called Traffic. It’s water-based instead of oil-based and creates a stronger, more durable finish. We went with that, so I’ll have to update y’all in a couple months on how it’s holding up.
And on the scratching, after seeing them finished, I’m not really worried about that at all. There are some places where there are holes or scratches that were already there and the stain filled them in and it sort of looks black. It looks really cool and aged. I should’ve taken a picture to show y’all!
I think, though, that we can fill in future scratches with stain to make it look the same.
Do any of you have dark floors? Do they really scratch that much more and do you have some advice for covering it up?
I’d love to hear!
UPDATE: They do scratch more. Read my review of life with dark floors here.