Let’s talk stain. Stain is that wonderful concoction that turns an ordinary piece of wood into something amazing. Magically bringing out the grains and imperfections and allowing the pieces to somewhat tell their story. The stain colour we choose for any project is a reflection of our own personalities and tastes. I have picked out and applied many different colours for custom orders without any issues. It wasn’t until our current project that I’ve ever had trouble deciding on the perfect hue. You see we are in the midst of a DIY of epic proportions – literally stick building our new shedquarters from the ground up! Incorporating repurposed items whenever possible…and our flooring is one such item. We managed to get our mitts on 12” wide rough cut planks from a local sawmill owner, knowing that with a little bit of elbow grease (okay, okay A LOT of elbow grease!!) we could make these boards shine. Armed with a hand planer and sander we got to work. A solid week later we finally have the flooring to a point where it’s time to think about stain. I’ve found myself standing in front of a giant wall of stain options on a couple of occasions already, not being able to commit. The floor colour chosen will be the building block for which all of the other design elements will be built upon…and I definitely don’t want to mess anything up. We don’t want too dark or too light. Definitely no red undertones or anything that is popular at the moment (weathered gray anyone??). I think the best course of action is to choose a few appealing options, purchase a small can of each & test them out on one of our cut off ends.