Stained Finish 8

This floor here is a reclaimed 133mm Tasmanian Oak floor laid on battens over concrete, with polystyrene foam inserts between the battens to deaden the sound and perhaps offer some insulation benefits.

Once the laying was finished the boards were fine sanded, with colour samples done along the way to determine the colour and final finish. The stain used here was a Wattyl Craftsmen Stain blend using mainly Jarrah and Black, along with an infusion of Rosewood to give the red more depth than what the Jarrah alone can provide.

With this sort of stain it can't be taped up, as the solvents in the stain destroy the glue in the tape. So, to achieve a brilliant result it's a simple case of rolling out the small, manageable strips using a small foam roller - very effective. Once each section of stain is rolled on we then wipe off the excess using flannelet cloth pads. Eventually the whole thing is completely stained without a single trace of an over-lap or stop mark in the stain. Pretty remarkable I reckon.

Once the stain was dry it was lightly buffed using an abrasive pad to allow a little more of the grain to show through and to provide a super smooth surface, ready for the polyurethane coatings.

Although this particular stain provides a brilliant, traditional look that really highlights the grain it also becomes a pain in the arse when applying the polyurethane over the top, as the solvents in the two pac re-activate the dry stain, which in turn can cause it to run, shift and become blotchy. So, all care must be taken to ensure that doesn't happen. This stain re-activating problem only happens during the first coat, so once we got over that hurdle with a fair bit of swearing and gnashing of teeth things moved on brilliantly.

The eventual final coating is a Satin finish, which once dry provides a subtle, gentle sheen that allows the grain to be seen and appreciated in a much easier manner than with the high gloss finishes.

All up, a stunning floor that complements the dark red door frames and picks up the tone of the splashback in the kitchen. Gotta' be happy with that.


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PS: In some of the final photographs you might notice some foot prints, which were caused by someone (the owner) walking on it prior to it being properly dry - against my sterling advice not to.


Boards being laid


Colour sample


Staining begins





Dry stain


First coat being applied


First coat being applied


Dry floor ready to cut back


Dry floor ready to cut back


Floor has been cut back


Final coat going down


Satin finish (Wet)


Satin finish (Wet)


Satin finish (Wet)


Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)





Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)

Satin finish (Dry)

Boards being laid


Colour sample





Stain's beginning to dry


Stain has been buffed smooth


Doesn't that grain just pop!


First coat down


Dry floor ready to cut back


Dry floor ready to cut back


Kitchen all cut back



Satin finish (Wet)

Satin finish (Wet)


Satin finish (Wet)


Satin finish (Wet)


Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)


Satin finish (Dry)

Satin finish (Dry)