Matching color on an old Harwood floor that has ambered

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Old 03-03-13, 05:57 PM
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Question Matching color on an old Harwood floor that has ambered

We have a house in Eastern Washington that was built in 1955, we purchased it about 2 years ago and when we took up the carpet we found oak hardwood floors. We did not sand and refinsh but cleaned and sanded lightly in some places, filled nail holes and stained and that worked really well, the floors looked great.

We jsut finished remodling the kitchen where we took out a wall to open the space up, we found an old doorway from a prevoious kitchen remodel and in that door way the wood floor needed a lot of help. We have sanded it and are ready to try and match the color of the rest of the floor.

We have been told that the floor has ambered over time and that is is very hard to match the amber color of an old floor.

Does anyone have any tips on how to get that 70 year old amber look on the sanded area?
 
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Old 03-04-13, 03:23 AM
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You were told correctly, matching aged ambered wood is difficult. Is there any stain on the rest of the flooring? Basically it takes a bit of trial and error mixing the stain to get as close as possible. Given the age of the house it's possible they originally used shellac on the floor so a little orange shellac might also be a possibility.
 
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Not a small job but the best results might come with stripping the whole floor and starting fresh.
 
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Old 03-04-13, 09:12 AM
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Thanks for the responses

I will try the mix and match method of stains for a bit before I go to the strip and refinish the whole floor process. The refinishing of the floor would be the easy part of the task, the hard part of course is moving all of the furniture out of 3 bedrooms and the living room in order to start the process.
 
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