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my2boys99

04:18AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
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We are building a new house and I am unsure of how something will look.

We have chosen our floor which will be hard wood - white oak. It goes great with our natural hickory cabinets. This white oak is not stained.

We are going with a company that uses red oak trim/molding (it's twice the cost for white oak and we can't afford it). When I compare the red oak trim piece to the sample of the white oak floor, they look different. (Although the trim piece did not have the polyeurthane finish on it yet so it might look different after that).

We don't want to stain the trim and it wouldn't matter anyway since a stain still wouldn't be able to match a natural white oak floor.

I guess my question is - am I being ridiculous? Does it really matter if the natural oaks don't match perfectly? Do you think red oak trim would look good with white oak flooring? Maybe after the trim is polyeurthaned, it won't be as noticable.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance,
Jane

Brian Wood

04:38AM | 01/29/03
Hi Jane. I'm not much into interior design, but I DO know what I like. I can imagine in my mind's eye what you're doing, and really think the mild contrast between the two oaks will be gorgeous.

I'd go for it.

Enjoy your new home.

Brian.

my2boys99

09:01AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
6 lifetime posts
Wow, you really think so? I was worried that one looks red and the other yellow. Maybe you're right. Thanks for your advice.

Jane

joed

09:33AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Wet a small piece of the red oak. You will get a rough idea of its color when finished.

DH

10:36AM | 02/09/03
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
If you want a closer color match, have the company seal the red oak and then use a toning lacquer to get the brown of the white oak, then topcoat.
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