When we previously had the stairs and upstairs hallway finished we used a water-based polyurethane, simple, quick, but resulted in a rather yellowish, blonde-like finish. This time with the Swedish Oil finish, the red-oak hardwood became a dramatic dark-contrast golden color.
The stairs are white-oak planks and finished out a lighter, softer finish, but still nicer than the previous water-based varnish.(stairs looking down from upstairs landing)
Entry, looking down from stairs. Front door to right, dining to left. You can see the first couple of stair treads in the lower left of the picture.
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