- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
We are building a house and everything is going peachy, but today we had our decor selection and i was a tiny bit miffed. And confused.
They had 4 model homes, and I loved the hardwood. They looked nice and real. Our floorplan has ceramic in foyer, kitchen/dinette and bathrooms. Hardwood in hallway to family room, up the stairs and upstairs hallway. 3 bedrooms are carpet. So basically the whole house is hardwood except foyer, kitchen/dinette, bathrooms, bedroom. I was diggin the mocha. And for a very long time was set on the mocha, and planned our decor for that (including cupboard colours… it just snowballs into everthing)
Turns out a couple weeks ago that the natural (really natural blonde colour) was standard, and any other stain was an upgrade. OK whatever. The family room and hallways are cheap to stain, no biggie. It was the staircase. They want $2,000 to stain the staircase. SSSSHHHHIT. Not cool.
Tried thinking about the natural, wasn’t working… couldn’t do it (had mocha and the whole house set up) So dad comes along and says, get the staircase unfinished and I (and FI) will stain it ourselves. (we would know the brand and colour name)
I said sure thing! Mocha is back on!
So we go back to finilize colours. Sales lady says that they have changed their hardwood selections yesterday. She seemed excited and shows me the sample. I hated it. Ok, hates a strong word, but totally wasn’t loving it. They went from solid to engineerd.
I will try to explain.
I like real looking wood. I can’t stand fake looking stuff. I am fussy I guess. I don’t like laminate floor at all.
I prefer my hardwood to have the grainy look. It seems a lot of hardwood has so much vaneer on it to make it durable, that they make it look all plasticy. There is no more definiton in the wood.
I hate that smooth feeling, and when the sun or lights shine on it, you can see the perfect smoothness.
A good chunk of our house is hardwood, and I am nervous to what it will look like. They don’t have models built with this stuff, and I feel like we got jipped. She says that these floors are more expensive and durable. But I think they are uglier.
Anyways… got me thinking about hardwood, and i spent too much time looking and researching.
Am I the only one that perfers a glossier and grainer floor compared to this smooth matte/satin finish?
What do you have? Post your pictures
Have you ever stained your own floor?
Sorry this was so long. Slight rant.