Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Right Thing

So yesterday and today I finally came to my senses about the floors.  I did the right thing, put down the wrecker bar, and stained the floors.  Minwax Special Walnut, one coat.  Debating about a second coat.  Opinions?

The dining room.
I'm not sure what that white thing in the middle of the floor might be a piece of cracker that Louis Cat was playing with. 

The front parlor.

I even finished staining the entryway too, but I forgot to take a picture of that.  I did, however, get photographic evidence of a security breach that occurred last night.

Gracie is apparently small enough to squeeze into the gap between the baby gate and the kitchen door and then somehow wiggle her way down to the cat door and out into the rest of the house.  At least that's my theory.  I didn't know she'd escaped until she scampered into the front parlor and announced with a loud meow that she was there.  Of course she ran through the wet stain.  And of course I stepped in it, too, trying to catch her.  (If you follow me on Twitter the pic I posted is of the first time she escaped.)

So what do y'all think?  Is one coat of stain enough?  The directions on the can advise two coats, but I'm not sure if that's marketing strategy to sell more stain or if two coats are really necessary.


  1. Wow, it looks fabulous. I don't know that I'd bother with a second coat.

  2. govendenI love Special Walnut. It is a great stain color that looks great with everything.

    I love dark floors and would go a second coat if that is the look you want to achieve.

    In my previous experience with staining floors is that when the clear coat goes down, it does darken slightly.

    Looks fabulous.

  3. Sorry about 'govendenl' That was the security word and I have no idea how it ended up in my comment.

    Damn puter.

  4. I'd go with a second coat of stain. It soaks deeper into the fibers and provides a much richer and more even look. It's not a marketing ploy, but a nod to how wood absorbs pigments.
    It looks wonderful!

  5. They look great! I argee with the others going ahead with another coat of stain.

  6. It's gonna look great whatever you decide. :)

  7. I just found your blog yesterday, and stayed up until 2 am reading it from the beginning . . . what a wonderful project you've taken on. I renovated some old houses as a single Mom, too (1 boy, 1 girl) and am now working on a massive "project house" that I have had to completely gut and rebuild. Thanks for giving me the "push" I needed to get back at it.

  8. Welcome, Gayle! Thanks for the kind words, and I'm glad I could give you a little "push". I'm sure I'll be asking for one from you next time I get stuck. :)