minwax stains we have used "provincial" and been VERY happy. since we almost always use red oak, we know exactly how it will look...provincial is a very neutral, medium brown stain color. (when i say "neutral" i mean a color that doesn't read red or yellow or grey.)  here are my favorite "neutral" minwax stains, in order from dark to light:

minwax stains we have used "provincial" and been VERY happy. since we almost always use red oak, we know exactly how it will look...provincial is a very neutral, medium brown stain color. (when i say "neutral" i mean a color that doesn't read red or yellow or grey.) here are my favorite "neutral" minwax stains, in order from dark to light:

I sing praises for reclaimed and salvaged wood all the time.  I love the look, and I love what the look represents: history.  But sometimes, it's just not practical for me to use it, so…

I sing praises for reclaimed and salvaged wood all the time. I love the look, and I love what the look represents: history. But sometimes, it's just not practical for me to use it, so…

I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

I created this mixed wood wall with cheap wood paneling from Lowes, leftover stain and paneling nails for around $40. UncookieCutter.com

Stain Color Guide - Minwax; we have 110 year old heart pine floors throughout the house; deciding on English Chestnut; porches are white oak; kitchen cabinets and thresholds are Kentucky Coffeetree

Stain Color Guide - Minwax; we have 110 year old heart pine floors throughout the house; deciding on English Chestnut; porches are white oak; kitchen cabinets and thresholds are Kentucky Coffeetree

Rustic Restoration Hardware Floor Stain Hack using Minwax Swatches on Red Oak.  Which is your favorite? Classic Gray , jacobean, weathered oak, or special walnut http://elizabethbixler.com/minwax-stain-for-red-oak-floors/

Rustic Restoration Hardware Floor Stain Hack using Minwax Swatches on Red Oak. Which is your favorite? Classic Gray , jacobean, weathered oak, or special walnut http://elizabethbixler.com/minwax-stain-for-red-oak-floors/

Can you believe that adding a coat of Jacobean Minwax stain over the Dark Walnut left me with this beautiful, rich color? (I can't!)

Can you believe that adding a coat of Jacobean Minwax stain over the Dark Walnut left me with this beautiful, rich color? (I can't!)

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