Instead of staining the upstairs floors.... I was too tired and too anxious to wait through another step....we just sealed the bare wood instead.
Now, they must set and "cure" for a week, then we'll put the toe kick on the baseboard.... then paint the baseboards white..... then maybe.... MAYBE.... after nine months of living in this house... I'll be able to move the upstairs furniture out of the garage.
Until then, I just walk up the stairs and stare at my new wood floors.