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DIY Plywood Plank Floors

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Yes, that says Plywood Plank Floors! - Trust me, it's easier than you may think! We did this in a bedroom! - People think they look like high-end expensive floors... However, we have discovered since then that it would be cheaper to do tongue and groove 3/4" pine (the back side of wainscoting, which is the flat side, would be up - we plan to do the rest of our home with this). I'd say the bedroom, which is
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Getting a good start!
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Almost there! - and this went very quick with 2 people! - Maybe about 2 hours! I measured, he cut and applied the Liquid Nails, I placed the planks and used the Nail Gun! :)
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Ready for sanding! Literally sat on my butt and used a palm sander, which is quite user friendly. We might try sanding before install next time, but it seems that all the "real" hardwood floor folks install then sand...
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Stain before some more sanding! - This time, I did the sanding by hand (before applying the polyurethane) to have more control of the color. With the plywood planks (pine - finished one side), it sure soaked up the color! - Made me glad we chose a darker color stain!
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After sitting on my butt, scooting around the room sanding by hand, to get the desired look . / I'm sorry I don't have pix of the finished room without furniture, etc. in it - but trust me, it's beautiful! - everyone's impressed!!!
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Here we are with some furniture in the room - this is used as a guest room and for our new grandbaby when she is with us!
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This gives you a good idea of the satin finish. It looks rich! - I, personally, am not in love with shiny wood floors, so this is our desired look. All in all, we would say this was a fairly easy project - started very early on a Saturday morning - did the cutting of the planks and install on Saturday, as well as sanding and applying the stain. Sunday, was light hand sanding and touch up stain where I thought it was needed - waited for it to dry - and applied the first coat of polyurethane before bed. Monday, got up early and applied the second coat before we took off for the week! Would DEFINITELY do this again!! - only with the 3/4" tongue and groove pine - flat side up!!!!! - just because of the cost factor ... unless someone out there can tell us where to find that CHEAP finished one side plywood!!
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  • Nicole Milller
    on Jan 17, 2019

    Hi, I am wanting to do this in my new house but one of my carpenter friends said he would be afraid of the floor "lifting" if it happened to get wet... I am wondering if anyone has had any problems with that? He did suggest using tongue and groove so maybe that would be a better option, I just wanted to whitewash my floor instead of stain it and I am worried about getting everything blended very good with painting "after" its installed?!!

  • Hermye
    on Jan 20, 2019

    I would love to have this done in my kitchen. Would it be practical? Would I have to remove all the cabinets?

    • Hermye
      30 minutes ago

      Thank you so much. You have help me a great deal with my decision.

  • Kathryn Reedy
    on Feb 3, 2019

    Hi, you mention that you found tongue and groove wainscoting would be cheaper. Where did you find it? Thanks!

    • SHARI B
      on Feb 4, 2019

      At an Amish saw mill near us, that I didn’t even know existed until someone told me about it! But Home Depot and Lowe’s both carry it as well.

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    on Dec 10, 2018

    Thank you very much for the nice comment! 😁

  • Joanie
    on Jan 15, 2019

    I love, love wood.......any type!! I love the dark stain and your work is excellent.

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