NY Good Questions: Stain Color for the Kitchen Floor?

NY Good Questions: Stain Color for the Kitchen Floor?

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Maxwell Ryan
Feb 1, 2008

Hello AT,

Please help us with our floor/cabinet dilemma:

We're in the middle of a remodel and our condo has dreadful yellow ash floors.

They have a grain pattern like the ones in the picture to the left, except they're slightly yellow/blonde-ish...

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We wanted to give them some color, perhaps a medium brown, but we're learning that staining ash really brings out the grain.

This would be fine except for the fact that we just invested (heavily) in new Poggenpohl kitchen cabinets in their "Teak" finish, which has a distinctively different grain, more of a mid-c look.

As you can see from the photo, they look great against a light palette, but I'm having trouble visualizing them with a dark floor.

Our concern is that if we stain the floors, we'll have two very different looking woods that either clash or compete with one another. Or just too much grain going on.

So, to avoid that, we're wondering if it's possible to darken the floors without highlighting the grain. I've heard that using aniline dyes instead of stain can accomplish a more matte/uniform finish.

The other option we're considering is to keep them light, but but try to get rid of the yellowish tint, but don't know how to accomplish that either. Is bleach or "whitewashing" the way to go?

Any opinions on which way to go with the floor (light or dark) and advice on how to achieve either would be much appreciated.

Thanks! Sataglie

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