A critical decision is the wood floor colour that will be the same on our main level in the living, dining rooms, kitchen and half of the hallway. We have purchased, for a great savings of almost half) unfinished maple that will match the kitchens antique reclaimed maple perfectly in size and thickness. I have chemical sensitivities which took me on an almost fruitless search for a water based stain for floors until I happened upon a family owned company, the only milk paint producer in Canada
Homestead House Milk Paints.
Their milk paints and stains are made from all natural ingredients and they will ship to you, so I ordered three samples stain colours. There are only four colours but the nice lady on the phone told me you can easily mix them to get a custom colour. and she was right. It was soooo easy. Their paints and stains are all powders that you add water to and mix up in the blender and are the most eco friendly option going.
Did you know that oil varnish can cause brain damage if inhaled!!!!!!
Maple is known to turn blotchy when stained but by what I can see of this piece which I stained with two coats of their Provincial Walnut colour, that is not the case. I will test a larger piece to be sure though. The rich warm golden tones are not too dark that will show all dust and dirt nor too light to be washed out. Once I get another piece of maple I will test one coat of stain as well to see if I like it better. I really love the natural unstained maple in the kitchen but wonder if it won't be too light for the living and dining rooms and so I will wait and see how it looks once it is down and then make my decision.
There is so much to do before we get to the floors but I can't wait as it will be quite a transformation if we choose a darker stain.
I also thought I would try out their Hemp oil for a gorgeous oiled floor finish. It is so safe that you can use it on your cutting boards and imparts such a rich warmth to your wood that is unmatched.
I do love it.
I was hoping that it would be all we would need on our floors instead of the stain but found it turned the maple to orangey for my taste. Now you can apply it over a stain for a more matte finish but we decided to go with a sheen on our floors and will do a water based poly instead, with or without the stain.
As you can see it does incredible things to an antique floor and I will definitely use it on any of our furniture pieces we make from reclaimed wood that I want to have that rich warm wood tone.
Here is the great colour selection of their milk paints. No need to spend lots of money on the newest rage, chalk paint. Homesteads paints are reasonably priced.
Here is a rustic piece painted in their milk paint.
and you can also use it for some more refined work like these kitchen cabinets.
Top the milk paint with hemp oil or their beeswax or varathane for necessary added protection.
and safely remove paint with their environmentally friendly soy gel
I am so happy to have found them and look forward to visiting their store in Toronto as well.