Laying Shiplap Floors
We recently did our office makeover (you can read about by visiting my blog & see the full room http://www.onfernavenue.com/2016/07/office-makeover-with-modern-masters.html) and we laid shiplap as our floor & I painted it to look old, worn and aged.
We started by purchasing 8 inch wide shiplap planks in various sizes from 6, 8, 10 & 12 foot long boards from Home Depot.
Once the room was set and ready to lay the floor, I laid out my boards by size. We staggered them just the way you'd stagger hardwood flooring so that the seams wouldn't be against each other from row to row.
We started laying the floor, and each plank as we laid it got tongue & groove adhesive & then nailed with my Ryobi Airstrike nail gun to secure the boards.
We didn't have to make too many cuts, the main cuts would be once we got to the end of the room. Again just making sure we didn't have the end of board seams next to each other.
Remember I wanted an old, aged, and worn look. Once the flooring had been fully laid, I used a dark stain over the entire room. The stain needs to fully dry.
And, then I went over the entire floor with Antique White paint, and then I used a dark gray called Randolph Gray just over areas I knew I'd be distressing back. I don't have a photo of that, but I knew where I'd want to distress & that's where the darker gray went.
And, then my final two coats of paint went on the entire floor. I used Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio paint for the final coats. The Floor & Patio paint is a premium quality, quick-drying epoxy-modified acrylic floor enamel. I love how quick it dried & how durable it is. I have since dropped a few tools on it, and it has yet to fail me, there is a ding (which I love) here & there, but the paint didn't budge. I love that I didn't need to go over the floors with a polyurethane either to protect it!
Once it was completely dry, which didn't take long, I went in with my Ryobi orbital & corner cat sander to distress all of the areas I wanted to show wear & tear!
Having the dark stain under helps to not show the raw wood when you are creating the distress look. If this was a true old loft space, then the paint on the floors would naturally be wearing down, and you most likely wouldn't see true raw wood. But, since I am creating the look "unnaturally" I need the dark color under my paint to make the wood appear old.
Doing shiplap flooring was really simple, quick & we love the look!! To see how the full room looks, please visit my blog!
- Shiplap planks (Home Depot)
- Floor & Patio Paint (Benjamin Moore)
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