While sanding down to match the front room to the hall and bedrooms, the quality of our wood floors was pointed out to us (I gasped when we came in to see the progress and the wood was exposed. It was beautifully grained). We decided to have the floors sanded down and the old finish removed on the whole first floor so there wasn't wax on part of the floors and not others. The color of the Red Oak from the Ozarks doesn't need stain and the rooms look brighter.
Before: Cloudy golden stain (original to house) in front room. The hallway changing from a golden yellow to dark walnut brown (irking us enough to want to change it now). The walnut brown of the master bedroom.
After: The same hallway area and the master bedroom. The color of the Red Oak from the Ozarks doesn't need stain and the rooms look brighter. Since I am going to focus my homemaking on simple, minimal and careworn or textures I love- having easy to maintain, bright floors was worth the expense of hiring professionals. The finish should last as long as our mortgage (yikes!).
We are loving the Tawny Mushroom in all areas where the wood floors are. It goes from taupe to sage to olive depending on the light and looks warm. The kitchen, adding an inch to put in smaller baseboards, the basement windows and perhaps the doors are the only paint amendments we are making.