Old barn wood used for flooring
We leave in NW California in the middle of Redwood Country. I have been collecting and remilling all the old barn wood I can get my hands on. I was and cut out any rot and remove all nails. I rip most boards down to 3/4 in thick and strips anywhere from 2" to 6-8" wide. I then plane it down to 1/2". I have removed all the laminate floors in the house and nailed this "new" flooring down. The whole floor then has a layer of floor putty mixed with LOTS of black paint and dries for a day or two. The putty fills in any new and old nail holes plus any spaces between boards. The hardest part is next when the floor gets orbital sanded. Once the Room and floor are dust free( no matter how good a vacuum is attached to the sander the place gets dusty!) at least 3 coats of clear gloss varethane are applied. Most people think the redwood is too soft a wood but the old wood, called Old Growth, has much tighter grain than the current new wood. We love the old country look.