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Our house is nearly 10 years old, and we are starting to feel that the color scheme adopted by the people that built it is starting to feel outdated.

As you can see in the pics, the flooring, doors, moulding, and the cabinetry throughout the house is all the same kind of orange color.

We are interested in replacing the flooring with something that is darker brown, but fear it wouldn't look good with the moulding that is lighter.

How could we go about redoing the coloring on our cabinets and moulding to all be in sync? Do I need to sand it all down and re-stain from there? Given how much wood there is, that would take forever!

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You can go as dark as you want but once you go black, there is no going back. There are a ton of stains on the market that specialize in staining over an existing stain. You would have to test them out to find one you like in a recluse area of the house.

Is the job a big deal? For sure. You may not think your trim and floors are modern looking or trendy, but just from the few pictures they are certainly done really nice. And that is a really big deal. You have some really clean lines and the staining is very uniform. I would assume that if restained that it will not look as professional.

Is it worth it? If you truly aren't happy with it and you will be in the house a while then do it. Are you expecting to gain equity because the house is more fashionable? I could only see this working out if the house is very high end. The fact is the current colors don't look bad at all and could be more fashionable in 5 years - and these colors are never out of fashion.

To do this right is just a ton of work. Restaining is a bit easier on flat surfaces that are easier to control. All the trim is curved with details. Meaning it is going to take a lot more time and it will take a good deal of skill or trial/error to get it to look as good as it does now in a uniform darker color.

  • Thank you, that is really helpful feedback! I didn't realize we could just stain over the top of the existing wood, and that is a good call out that we can go darker but not lighter. It does look really nice and is a nice home, I think we're just kind of tired of it. We won't rush into anything, but I'm glad to know we have some options in the event of a remodel. – Lizzy Mar 13 '17 at 16:27
  • Just note that as soon as you get the trim darker you will realize the walls need to be a different color and then your blinds don't match and of course the curtains. A "small restaining" project could cost 3-4k alone, the collateral damage could make it more like 10k. Have a plan. – DMoore Mar 13 '17 at 16:50

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