Pickled Stain  

So, let’s talk about pickling your floor. If you are starting with a wood like, let’s say, birch. Birch has a slight brown primary color. When you pickle it white, it becomes more of a beige color.

When my daughter was little, around 8 years old, I asked her, “Honey what color do you want to paint your room?” She said, “Daddy I would like a peach color.”

At the time my house was 250 years old, and we had wide pumpkin pine floors (pictured above). So I tried an experiment. I used the water-based paint from the walls, and I stained the pumpkin pine. The floors had the same hue as the walls. It really looked great, but the trend hadn’t caught on yet.

Pickled Stain became Trendy

Then in the mid '80s, everyone wanted pickled floors, of course. If you have a pastel color on your floor, you don’t want it to yellow. At the time the only thing that was non-yellowing was an acid curing polyurethane. You had to wear a gas mask while putting it on! I mean it took your breath away - it was so bad. It wasn't until non-yellowing waterborne came to be that it solved all of those problems.

The Natural Expansion & Contraction of Wood

The trend was short lived. Although a good idea, no one had accounted for expansion and contraction. When the floor was in its contraction stage, there were big dark cracks in the floor on white pickling. But like they say about that old tie - hold on to it, it will come back in style. Sure enough, pickling is back! 

My advice is to make sure they use a non-yellowing finish. Thanks!

~ Floorman