I just got back from a fruitful trip to Bridgewater, our nearest shopping Mecca :) I bought a small can of Minwax PolyShades in Mission Oak to try out, and a nice brick of terra cotta coloured air dry clay (that's for the kitchen floor).
I LOVE the Mission Oak colour. I didn't want the woodwork in this house to be too dark (it wouldn't have had time to really darken too much), and was going back and forth on what colour to pick. I wanted a darker oak shade, and the colour sample looked pretty good in the store. Here's the dining room floor after I rubbed on one coat of stain:
I really, really like it. It's a big load off my mind to know what the basic wood colour is going to be for the house, which will have a lot of woodwork in it.
I'll do the parlour's floor the same way, and then I'll start playing with air dry clay and my Malcolm's Miniatures impress stamps for the kitchen floor!
It's so refreshing to have a new project to work on -- do other people feel that, too, when you launch into something new?