DIY Hardwood Floors for Under $1.50/sq.ft.

I'm here to show you how we added real hardwood floors to our house for under $1.50/sq.ft!
My hubby and I are full time house flippers and every time we remodel a house, we try to get the best possible look for the least possible price. Follow these tips to save tons of money on your floors too!
If you’ve ever shopped for hardwood flooring before, you know that it is not cheap. I personally love the look of wide planks too (4 inches wide or more) and those are even more expensive! Prices for this sized hardwood flooring easily run $5-$10+ per sq. ft which was way out of our budget. I finally found some real New England white pine (5 inches wide) and it's only $1.29 per square foot! Now that is a price I can live with!
After we installed the flooring, we filled the screw holes with wood putty, and gave everything a thorough sanding.
I decided I wanted to give the floors a driftwood / gray appearance and after a few test runs on sample boards, I finally found the right formula: Minwax Dark Walnut + watered down leftover wall paint.
The wall paint we used was Moth Gray by Pittsburgh Paints but honestly, I think you could use any gray, beige, or white color you have lying around (just try it out on a sample board first!).
Dilute your paint with water at about a 3 parts water & 1 part paint ratio. You want it to be more of a stain consistency and not as thick as paint. Begin rolling on your paint/water mixture. Do about a 4 foot section at a time and then take an old cloth and wipe it off! Remember, this is not a painted floor – this is a type of stain so you want to wipe it off just like you would a stain. Continue on rolling and wiping off.
to see the full tutorial and find sources for where I purchased my $1.29 wide planked pine floors, please click over to my blog!

Christy @ The Harper House
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  • Donna Donna on Mar 02, 2016
    I have always thought pine was a soft wood...yet you are saying this is a hardwood floor made with pine...I guess I need to rethink my ideas, lol. Thank you so much for your post!

  • Mary Mary on Mar 02, 2016
    Did you stain it with the walnut first, then the paint? Also, if this is in a high traffic area, would you need a sealer on it so it wouldn't wear off?

  • Patty Patty on Mar 02, 2016
    How much stain did you add to the watered down paint mix? Thanks


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