Slight problem. They're not done yet. Starting over with a new floor guy. Old floor guy not as knowledgeable about the kind of wood and stain we choose as we thought. Floors were looking like crap. Had the old floor guy stop work. Panicked! Called around and found a new floor guy. He started this morning. Feeling better.
Bottom line... I guess our combo of maple wood and dark walnut stain is a tough one. (Probably several of you out there warned me about this and I didn't listen! I'm sorry, I should have!!!) Sounds like you really have to know what you're doing and have some experience with staining maple to tackle this job and do it right. The original floor guy we went with came with recommendations from several friends whose floors we have seen and liked. However, none of them involved maple and dark stain! Aaahhhhhh! After the first coat of stain this guy admitted he was in over his head and wouldn't stop apologizing. He even said he would feel better if we found someone new who knew what they were doing to come in and take over the project! So I started calling around to find someone else to "save our floors", someone who had done this before and had the confidence to say that it was not an impossible task, just a difficult one. He came this morning and began sanding everything back down to unfinished raw wood and is starting over. Hopefully next time I bring this up it will be a post with finished, beautiful after pics!!!! (New guy thinks we should be able to move back in by Sunday.)
If you have no idea what I'm talking about (lol!), check out here, here, here and here.
Of course, this is the first major project of this scale we've "taken on" since moving in, so for it to go this wrong is slightly disheartening. To make me feel better, have any of you had to deal with house project emergencies before? Did something not go exactly as planned? Did you hire a professional you weren't pleased with?
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