Now to the migraine. These floors! My orginal plan was paint & stencil. Only after some thought I really don’t want to cover up the nature texture of the travertine. No, it's not in the best shape but I do not mind the character, I just mind the yellowish color especially when my countertops have that and I can’t get rid of them… yet. So I read some bloggers (and by some I mean like 2) having success with staining travertine since it is such a pourous natural material. They mentioned actual wood stains penetrating better than those made for stone so I went to the source and just got a straight up undiluted black dye that also was fairly non-toxic. WELL when I diluted it turned PURPLE, cue me crying. Purple floor no thank you! So then I went with the straight dye and well that was a winner! UNTIL after curing for 24 hours one drop of water and it came right up. Cue more crying.