When we did Chase's floor, it had been stained before but there were some spots that needed to be touched up. I ended up staining the whole floor to get it even! It looked so much nicer- warmer. Our floor looks like it never had any stain, so I ended up doing 2 coats on it. The first picture is the closet after it was done, compared to the rest of the wood that wasn't yet. The second picture is with the whole floor done.
John did the first coat of varnish last night and it looks so nice! He wants to do at least 3 coats, so it's going to be awhile before we get back in there, but it will be worth it!