Well, we ended up choosing Minwax Provincial and couldn't be happier!
And although I originally thought a lighter color would be better for us, (with all that golden retriever fur), I absolutely LOVE this color! So what if I have to vacuum constantly!
Here is a view into the family room. As you can see, the walls have been repainted too. We chose Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan and are thrilled with that as well!
One thing we are not so thrilled with is the smell! Ugh! I knew the stain and poly smell would be bad but it is really horrible! My husband has been toughing it out and staying in the house while the kids and I are at the beach with family. I honestly don't know how he can handle it! I literally had a headache yesterday from being in there for like 10 minutes!
Even with the lung scorching fumes, I am SO glad we decided to go with the finished-on-site route for the hardwood. The floors came out beautiful and if I am ever able to breathe in my house again, I will be so happy to have them throughout the downstairs rooms!
Have you ever suffered through polyurethane fumes in your home?