Hey! I'm a Great Dane owner and we are working our way to a moderately siz
ed family. In a couple weeks, we will have the keys to our new 1994 home.
It has carpet everywhere and baths have old linoleum, which are coming out
ASAP. Fist floor (1300 sq ft, 3 beds, 2 baths, open living/dining/kitchen
) seems like it'll be OSB/plywood sub-floor and the basement (600 sq ft, 1
bed, 1 bath/laundry room) is concrete.
Everyone is pushing this new water resistant laminate (Pergo Outlast+) or l
uxury plank vinyl. I have found a vinyl I can live with aesthetically, unti
l I start thinking about walking on it in every floor of my house. Shudder
. So, I've kind of come up with a few idea for myself. I have to keep in
mind cost. We've agreed $3/foot is the goal and we want as few floors as p
ossible. So here are my proposed options:
A) Dark, handsome, hardy, but hollow, wood look vinyl plank through my who
le house except maybe a bathroom or two. Pretty much kid and Great Dane pr
QUESTION: Straightforward, no questions.
B) Oil finished New England White Pine wood floors in fist floor-except ba
Reason for pine: character will be developed from day one of install an
d I won't cringe every time my dad marches in and forgets to take his shoes
off. Also, $1.29 sq ft!
Reason for oil: easy enough to apply. Easy to spot refinish high traff
ic areas. Matte finish will subtract from new "character" while a more eve
n patina is being developed.
Drawback: light and yellowed color. We're a white trim, graige walls,
near black floor family.
QUESTION: would a walnut Danish oil fight the yellow in addition to add
ing a little more depth of color in the long run? My self made samples are
only a week old and look much better than the basic non-colored oil, but t
ime is what brings on yellow.
C) Now hear me out... India ink on either $0.99 Red Oak or New England Wh
ite Pine wood floors with polyurethane coating in fist floor-except bathroo
Reason for ink: that color! I won't be desecrating any mesquite or wal
nut. lol. I haven't gotten my ink in to test yet, but my research has sho
wn how beautiful it can be. It penetrates pretty deeply, so some scratches
might not immediately show the white wood beneath. I'm fine with character
and dents and scratches still, to be clear.
QUESTION: ideal finish? I'm assuming lots of thin layers of quick dry
ing poly, but I don't know. I'm not finding answers for floors. Most peop
le are using this technique for furniture, pianos, or if it is floors, they
are SUPER INDESCRIPTIVE of their process. :/
QUESTION: should I follow with a Mahogany or Gray or any stain or somet
hing to cut the black just a smidgen?
Opinions are welcome!