12.15.2010

Plywood to plank flooring tutorial

When recently redoing the room above our garage, we decided that we were DONE with the carpet. Our plans were to rip it up, plank the floor, and then paint it. We never expected the plywood planking that we made to look good enough to STAIN!

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Materials:
16 sheets of 15/32 pine plywood @ $16.49 per sheet
9 gigantic tubes of Liquid Nail @ $4.75 each
10 lbs of cut nails (ordered from Tremont Nail Company) @ $69.63 (includes s&h)
4 gallons of Varathane polyurethane @ $37.46 per gallon
2 quarts of stain @ $9.99 each
Square footage of the room: 533
Rough estimate of cost: $520

We started the project with sheets of plywood. We ripped them on the table saw into 6 inch strips that were all 8 feet long. Then, we Dustin carried all of this up to the house so it could sit and “acclimate” to the room. I don’t know if that helped, but that is something that is recommended when laying hardwood flooring.


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It, surprisingly, only took us an hour and 45 minutes to cut the sheets into the planks.

With the materials purchased and gathered, Dustin cleaned up the room with the shop vac. He made sure all the subfloor panels were nailed down securely. Some required him to add some screws to make  sure they were tight.
Then the fun started. We measured and figured… measured some more.. and some more…

Before we began, we made sure to figure out our pattern so that each row of flooring would alternate where the nails were. We also knew that we would need to cut shorter pieces for the end that were around 11 inches long. We wanted those “short” pieces to alternate back and forth with each row.


We started with the first board and squared it with the wall, leaving a 1/16 inch gap between the first board and the wall. We dry fitted it before applying a bead of Liquid Nail along the length of the board. We put the board in place and Dustin hammered in the nails on the marks. Later, he went though with a nail punch to make sure that the nails were at least flush with the flooring.

Between each board and each row, we left a 1/16 gap. The plan all along was to paint this flooring, so we wanted it to LOOK like planks instead of just a solid, painted panel floor. We worked our way back and forth, alternating which side we started on with each row. We didn’t worry about the 11 inch pieces we needed for each end until we were completely finished with the room.

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We wanted the nails to be in line, so we started this process by marking them as we went. (Later, I started marking them ahead of him because I wasn’t much help anywhere else). This also really sped up the process since he didn’t need to measure every 16 inches. After a while, Dustin made a jig to help with the measuring and marking for where the nails went. Then I just had to line it up with the previous board and mark rather than measure for every single nail.

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We ended up using 11 nails per board by alternating two nails then one then two, etc, as you can see in the above picture. We wanted it to have some order and thought they would look nicer lined up. We originally only nailed every 16 inches with two nails. When he took the first break, we realized that we needed to secure it a little more. The Liquid Nail was still wet and the board were moving up and down when we walked on them. That’s when he went back and added the single nail in line with each board.


Once it was all finished, we sanded the rough places and the spots where there was a little bit of blue and green paint from the lumber yard. As always, we had animal support throughout the whole process.  Up until this point here, we planned to paint the boards dark brown. We wanted a dark farmhouse plank floor look. We never imagined when we started that this would be a stainable project.


We hand stained the whole floor. There are tools that are made to make it easier and faster. We’ve never used them and wanted to make sure the stain went on evenly. And, we were dealing with plywood so we weren’t really sure what it was going to do. It went on perfectly… and in 4.5 hours.


We coated the floor with four coats of ploy. The first coat took about 8 hours to dry. We really didn’t want to have to sand between coats, so we made sure to recoat within 12 hours. He used a bristle applicator rather than a wool one. It seemed like he had better control over the thickness with it. We had to evacuate the house at night while it was drying. It was in the 30s outside, so opening the windows wasn't’ really an option. He’s not wearing it in the above picture because he had just started, but he did wear a face mask the whole time he did the coats of poly.


Since we didn’t plan to stain this until the last minute, we weren’t concerned with the fact that you could see white spots on the subfloor beneath. We knew that those would get covered up when we painted the floor. Since we didn’t do that, something had to be done. At night, with the overhead lights on, those places GLARED white.

I went out and bought some Burnt Sienna Americana paint. One night, while Dustin hung the new ceiling fan, I scooted around on the floor with my Americana paint and a tiny paint brush and filled in the cracks. I wanted to wait until the floor was completely poly’ed and dry because if/hen I got it on the flooring, it wiped right off with a paper towel. It was the perfect color and was the perfect solution for our dilemma.


Can you believe that this is the same room? Or, that this floor started its life as plywood?!

We are so happy with this flooring and our decisions! By doing this, we have saved well over $1500 that hardwood flooring would have cost. We like it so much, that we plan to do this in our kitchen soon. We plan to paint or whitewash it there though.

We've moved all the furniture in and I'm just trying to figure out what to hang on the walls! I'll definitely be putting the starburst mirror I made in here somewhere! The rest of the wall space is still up for grabs :)

January 18 UPDATE:
I've been asked, emailed, seen comments about the roughness of the floor. I walk barefoot on it all the time. It isn't rough. I forgot to mention that we did slightly sand it in places with a palm sander. If there were rough patches, we just hit it with fine grit paper. But, we only did that in about 10 small spots. We don't think twice about walking barefoot on it. Nor do we worry about having kids walking barefoot and crawling on it. It is smooth and sealed!



I’m adding this post to the DIY Club’s monthly contest!

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211 comments:

  1. so glad you linked to the diy club. Good luck!
    I am still in awe of this project!
    you all worked so hard, but it certainly looks like it was worth it!
    gail

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  2. I am curious as to what you used to fill in the gaps between the boards? You can email me and let me know how you done that. We left ours with the gaps in place. Just curious as to what you done.
    Sarah
    blankenships6@yahoo.com

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    1. seems there are recesses between the strips,low strips, how did you do that?

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  3. I'm still amazed that that was plywood! Everytime I see the pictures I just stare in awe! lol The room looks great!

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  4. I can't believe that is plywood! What an amazing job!

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  5. Amazing that this is plywood. Looks very expensive. Did you experiment with different colors of stain before choosing one?

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  6. This is amazing. It looks like plank flooring and it's absolutely beautiful.

    Like Sarah, though, I'd like to know more about how you filled in the gaps. Is it really just acrylic paint?

    I wonder if you couldn't have used some kind of wood filler as well.

    Either way, it's awesome. Good job!

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  7. I don't know how I got here (LOL) but I just *love* that plank flooring! It looks like you and your husband did a great job, because it looks beautiful! Congrats!

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  8. Wow... I mean really... wow!!! It looks GREAT, I can't believe it's plywood!

    Tania

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  9. What an amazing result. This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for joining the DIY Club party! I am a new follower!

    Holly
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  10. That turned out beautiful!! I have thought about doing something like this in the past, but was concerned about several things. I think you've cleared all those concerns up for me :) Thanks for sharing!! It really does look great!! -Tammy

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  11. That is awesome! I love how you remedied the white space problem. It almost looks like grout now, even though you wouldn't normally grout a hardwood floor. I think it looks fantastic!

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  12. We live in a renovated barn with original floors. Some of the gaps were 1/2". We used brown latex caulk to fill the gaps. When the caulk was still wet we covered it with sawdust. The latex moves when the floor shrinks during the winter and expands during the humidity of the summer. The sawdust takes on color of the stain and blends in with the floor boards.

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  13. Wow, what a great idea! The floors look amazing!

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  14. I love when DIY, hard work and creativity = beautiful results. Amazing job - the floor is gorgeous!

    Roeshel

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  15. This is awesome!! What a great idea!! I will file this for future DIY Projects!

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  16. Congratulations on winning thediyclub's project of the month. Awesome!

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  17. I am featuring you over at the itssoverycheri.com today.

    Cheri

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  18. Wow! I cannot believe that floor was done with plywood! What a fabulous job! I am definitely going to file this in my DIY folder! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Happy New Year!

    ~ Tracy

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  19. Girl - You're a rock-star! This is so amazing.

    Cheers and a happy NYE to you!

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  20. This is awesome! My husbnad just put hardwoods down in our kitchen - we are penny pinchers and he would have loved to find a way to get around buy hardwood floors. great job!

    I just started posting some of our work here: www.aperfect300.blogspot.com

    Katie

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  21. OMGosh! FABULOUS, simply FABULOUS!! :)

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  22. This is ridiculous! In the best way possible! I can't imagine how excited you must be. WOW.

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  23. Your floors turned out great! We used plywood to create "wood" floors, too- here:
    http://www.anoregoncottage.com/2009/12/remodeling-series-part-5-garage.html But we used wider widths- next time we'll use narrower widths like yours- so cool.

    I do want to mention, though, that we just laid the plywood next to each other with no gaps (though some happen naturally)and you can easily see the planks because the stain is darker in those areas- no need to paint all the gaps then!

    Enjoy your room!
    -Jami @ An Oregon Cottage

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  24. Wonderful, wonderful idea! And I love the result!

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  25. this is a fabulous project! i can't believe how amazing it turned out! oh i love plywood, so many fab uses!

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  26. This is just what I want to do in my family room! We've had our fill of carpet, too. Just an excellent job - kudos to you!
    Congratulations on winning.

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  27. Wholly Guacamole! Your floor looks fabulous! And much cheaper than wood floors. I should know, I even bought our antique pine floors off of Craig's List and still paid a pretty penny for our small living room (http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2010/08/prepping-to-install-antique-heart-pine.html). I love what you did.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  28. This is seriously AMAZING! I so want to do this in my house.. and someday- I will!

    I am so impressed, I love how it turned out. I feature awesome projects like this on my blog, so I was wondering if you might be interested in a feature. Let me know if that is something you would consider. It usually gives you a boost of traffic and readers. Check the blog out if you have the chance www.remodelaholic.com and send an email my way if you are interested (you can usually just reply to this comment!)

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  29. Wow that looks so GREAT!! What a great job y'all did. I have been thinking about doing something like this but for a ceiling.... Hmmmm it just might work.

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  30. Wow! I can't believe this was plywood! You guys did an amazing job! I'm a new follower from Remodelaholic. I would love a follow back.
    Thanks
    Nancy

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  31. Your floors look great! New follower.

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  32. This looks spectacular!!! I'm a big fan of plywood (cheap! durable! practical!) and you really made it special.

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  33. Amazing! We have an older home that was renovated in the 80's (by a previous owner). I want to get it back to the older farm house feel and this floor would be perfect! We have beige carpets throughout the house now...definitely not giving a farm house vibe :) Plus with 2 kids and 2 dogs...wood is much better than light-colored carpets!!!

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  34. Looks Fabulous! I never would have thought your new floor was made from plywood. Wonderful results!

    Sure Fit Slipcovers

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  35. Looks like the cheap way out and probably feels like rough plywood when you walk barefooted across it. This is not a look for me.

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    1. It IS the cheap way out. Thats the whole point. That you don't have to spend hard earned money on over-priced wooden floors, most people don't have that kind of money. And this looks absolutely amazing! :) hard work = great results

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  36. While this look may not be for you, it does not feel like plywood. We bought smooth boards and sanded it in places if it felt rough. It also has 4 coats of poly. It feels just like any other wood flooring that costs 3 times as much.

    And yes, it was the cheap way out!! Otherwise we would have spent 2k on laminate. We like this look better!

    :)

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    1. It may be the cheap way but it sure doesn't look it! My niece was telling me she had seen something like this and was planning on doing it, I just couldn't picture it but you sure showed me that it could be done beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  37. Well, I think it looks GREAT. I'm really surprised at how awesome it looks with it being plywood!

    Plus your puppy is adorable.

    I love how the crabby pants feel the need to hide behind anonymity.

    Alicia {ProtoDoom.com}

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  38. This. Is. Astounding.

    Now I feel stupid for putting in laminate!

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  39. I just ran down stairs with my lab top to show my husband (he's working on the drywall in the basement) do you think this could be something we could do in a basement? I love it!!!

    ~Jaymee

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    1. Dont do wood in a basement because of moisture.

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    2. You could do it in a basement as long as you use a sealer on your subfloor to block any moisture.

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  40. I am amazed! Plywood looks that good? I am wondering if this would work at my house because I love how little it cost!!! Thanks so much. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  41. Aha! I bookmarked your post to show the hubby when he gets home. I love love love this idea!

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  42. This is truly great. I am your newest follower. I love the pictures of your pets! Please come by when you get a chance.

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

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  43. Certainly doesn't look like plywood! We have concrete slab floors, so this isn't an option for us, but wow, it sure looks good in your space! :)
    Missy

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  44. I have to say this looks remarkable-you would never guess it is plywood-what a phenomenol job you guys did-I'm your newest follower so keep inspiring me and stop over for a visit-Claire

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  45. No Way!! This is one of the coolest floors I've seen. I've been begging my husband for hardwood floors. I'l be showing him this project when he gets home from work! Thanks for sharing this!

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  46. how can i convince my husband to do this to our upstairs bedrooms. I love the look that it makes. awesome

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  47. Wow! Who would have thought!! Great job!!

    Please join me at my linky party today through Sunday!!

    Hope to see you there!! And, spread the word!

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  48. Wow! This is fantastic! It looks like you put a lot of effort into that floor, but the result is beautiful. I love your painting solution (to fill the white cracks). Very smart :)
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Cami @ youseriouslymadethat.blogspot.com

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  49. Beautiful! But, question...how does this hold up as far as wear and tear? Will you have to re-poly every year? I would love to do this, but am concerned about traffic, how long it will really last, etc. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks for sharing - great idea!
    ~alicia
    proof-of-love.blogspot.com

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  50. I love the idea, we have a dog and I was wondering if this floor would do well with a Black Lab. You can email me at deesdailynews@gmail.com

    Thanks,

    www.deesdailynews.com

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  51. This is just plain ingenious, I don't think anyone should worry about roughness, not with 4 coats of poly. I think you are going to put the hardwood flooring people out of business!

    Carol

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  52. YAY!! Planning on putting a plywood plank floor in our bedroom. Googled and came up with this...EXACTLY what I was looking for! Will be painting ours white. Can't wait to get started!

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  53. You can email me and let me know how you done that.

    Flooring company

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  54. Unbelievable! Good for you! Thank you for the inspiration and the ease of knowing i don't have to spend $7 a square foot on hardwood floors.

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  55. Holy Toledo! That is one amazing floor... so glad Gail sent me your way! I would never ever believe that was a plywood floor if it weren't for your tutorial. Totally awesome! That plywood is a lot thicker than the new (expensive) laminates out there. Your floor is going to last forever! Great job!

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  56. In the end, though, it is still a pine floor and it will wear faster than a hardwood floor. I wonder how long it will really last?

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  57. I live in an apartment. I also have allergies. While this is a lot of work it's a much cheaper solution than wood floors. Now that the project has been complete for a while, how do you like it? If you did not leave a gap, would that have eliminated the white/red color?

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  58. As I was reading this post, I imagined the video version of what you did here. We're waiting for the flooring at our mom's house in Indianapolis to finish. We chose to retain and restore the hardwood there because it really makes the living room cozy. Good thing that we also opted to leave very little gaps like you did there, because these make the whole flooring more "woody."

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  59. AWESOME! This is so ...WOW! im going to blog about this:) check it out
    http://maryberryboutique.blogspot.com/2011/04/gasp.html
    Have a great day:)
    Mary

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  60. Wonderful ! I can't believe pine plywood can be designed to be beautiful flooring .

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  61. Falling-on-the-floor impressed. Wow. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. We are redoing our home and have done this to our flooring. We love it! We chose to chamfer the edges so that it looks like there is a gap between the boards. We then went back and sanded the cracks to make them look more defined. Would love to post pics if optional.
    We are very happy with the work, it looks amazing!

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  63. THAT is FABULOUS! I so hate hate hate the ugly carpet in my living room and planned on ripping it out in 2 weeks (even without another plan in place I might add) NOW I know what I want to do! I'm pinning you and I'm your new follower :)

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  64. Hello Shannon - you did an amazing job with your floors and I linked it to my hardwood floors post today!

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  65. Well.... call me crazy but I am going to try it on my ceiling. I have a cathedral ceiling in the living room which has popcorn texture at the moment. I'm gonna scrape it and cover it with the ply planks using nailing it to the existing joists

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  66. Just finished mine! Thank you again! http://mobigyellowhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-about-flooring.html

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  67. That came out great. I never would have though you could make a floor look that nice using plywood. Great job.

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  68. Hiya! Awesome blog! I happen to be a daily visitor to your site (somewhat more like addict ) of this website. Just wanted to say I appreciate your blogs and am looking forward for more to come!

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  69. I would like to know what to fill the gaps with, or shoujld one just leave them as is and let the poly fill it in?

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  70. This is such an amazing project idea! I really need to try this. I wonder how hard it would be to take care of? I guess if you re-apply poly once a year or so, you would be okay.

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  71. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE
    Please share at my linky party today?

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  72. Saw this on Pinterest. You and your husband are geniuses. It looks fantastic.
    Best,
    Gloria

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  73. Fantastic job! What a money saving idea. I hope to see answer to what you filled the gaps in with. Found you via Pinterest. Have subscribed to your posts.

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  74. Being 15/32" thick, what was used as a transition strip to adjoining rooms?

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  75. Was this installed a a first floor? What type of sub flooring did you put in, if any?

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  76. I was just curious if you had done this in your kitchen yet? My boyfriend and I were thinking of doing this in our kitchen, but I have heard that plywood "warps" badly, and will start to rise if it gets wet? Wondering if you have this in yourkitchen yet, and if so, how it is?

    Here is my email- sowens22@students.kennesaw.edu

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  77. Love the wood floors. I want to copy! Did you have any problems with it? Like too bends easily or too soft? thxs :)

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  78. I am glad that I am not the only one who thought about doing this to save money. Just glad I found a tutorial. Thank you!! Also couldn't you use caulk in between the planks instead of paint? The paint looks fabulous and matches fantastically. I can't wait to do my house. My plan was to do my hall, living room, dining room and kitchen. Possibly our bedroom. I haven't decided yet. :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  79. This is the best tutorial I've ever seen for plywood flooring or planking for that matter. Thanks for all of the detailed pictures and instructions. Your floor looks amazing!

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  80. So cool!!! What type of wood did you use for the plank walls? Are they individual planks or a sheet? Thanks

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  81. Everything looks awesome! I'm also interested in your walls. Any details?

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  82. How is the flooring wearing? It seems it's been over a year so I'd love to hear how it's going.

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  83. I was looking at this and wondering how the floor is holding up? I am really thinking of doing this in my dining room. Please let me know

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  84. I'm a bit confused about the 1/16" spaces. Did you leave the spaces for expansion? You filled them in with paint? That's basically a half inch in depth of paint? Hard to imagine it ever drying. Looks great.

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  85. I'm so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.
    Mikasa VQ2000 Micro Cell Volleyball - Yellow/White

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  86. This is such a great tutorial. We are considering how we could manage this throughout the main level of our home. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  87. Do you think it would work if you had a cement slab and just glued it?

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  88. Great project...
    I didn't see this listed, but how did you fill in the gaps between the boards. Did you use wood putty, cause that is a lot of putty? Or was it the poly that filled in the gaps and hardened? I Love the project and the money saved and it turned out so beautiful... great work! Cheers, niko :O)

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  89. Can I borrow Dustin? Such a wonderful idea. Looks great.

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  90. Can I borrow Dustin? Such a wonderful idea. Looks great.

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  91. I would love to know how this is wearing? And did you put anything in the gaps besides paint, did some of the poly go into the gaps?

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  92. Shortly after reading this post about a year ago, we decided to follow these instructions and make this plank flooring in our new addition. We couldn't be happier. We did a slightly more random plank pattern so it looks more like tongue and groove, and used a dark stain. It looks amazing. We also put 3 coats of oil based poly and it has held up like iron, no loose boards or squeeky floors. I plan to post to my blog when it is completely finished (were about 80% there), and link back here. With careful planning, this cost us less than $1 per square foot completed. It's slightly time consuming, but very cost effective.

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  93. Completely forgot how I got here, but I read every word of this amazing DIY. So well done and thank you for all the tips and hints along the way.

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  94. this floor looks fantastic! what grade plywood did you use? i have a room above my garage i am working on.

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  95. I love this. We have been looking into using recovered wood for a feature wall in our bedroom - This looks like much cheaper option - totaly do-able! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm a new follower!

    Holly
    http://hollysstampingaddiction.blogspot.com/

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  96. That's just fantastic. It looks good as it is, even without the furniture in it. Is that your future bedroom, or is it the living room? Anyway, did you use any poly underlay on that one? It will help prevent the movement of your tiles if there are plank cracks and damaged tile grouts. Hopefully, you did use it.

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  97. Playwood enameling brass kitboard to make with protable and good looking too mutch look.in case there have information about playwood have more how to make and use playwood today.in case there have number of information looking so this is nice blogcommenting today.
    Thanks & Regards

    Plywood & Lumbers

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  98. Not only is your floor wonderful..so are your very good instructions. Thanks 4 sharing!

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  99. Looks awesome! I'm fixing up a house...on a budget...and am thinking of doing this in the bedrooms, living room, and kitchen after reading your tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I saw a lot of questions about how you filled in the 1/16" gap between the boards but could not find a response??? Could you fill me in on the fill in please? ;-p
    Thanks!

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  100. Would love to hear how it's holding up a 1 1/2 years later. Any problems with water, spills, pet accidents?

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  101. Yes!!! Can you please share how it's holding up! Plywood is pretty soft...is it really dinged up? Water issues? Please share with us!!

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  102. while this looks great and the instructions are good, why wouldn't you include what you did in between the boards? Don't you think that would have been helpful information. I'm thinking there is more to this.

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  103. can you please email me and let me know what you put in between the boards? and what you clean the floors with/ thank you.

    jennifer.wiggins22@yahoo.com

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  104. Awesome! Is it for you living room or bedroom? Anyway, you did a great job, because of that, you save money and you can do whatever you want design for your house.

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  105. I'm confused what you filled the gaps between the boards with. You said you left a space between each board right? (I understand you painted the flooring in between, but wouldn't there still be a crevice?)

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  106. Eximcorp - OSB Suppliers, OSB Manufacturers company Delhi dealing with Oriental Strand Board (OSB), HDF, Lumbers, Spruce, High Density MDF, Soft Board

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  107. I appreciate the creativity. When installing the seams should be staggered and have no discernable pattern which is supposed to strengthen the floor? But maybe it doesn't matter because this isn't tongue and groove? Or maybe is the staggering just for aesthetics?

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  108. I have read all the comments here Because I have had some of the same questions as others. How's it holding up today? Was the cracks filled in or was this the subfloor that you painted and let the poly fill the cracks in? Did you do this floor in the kitchen? I think it's time to re-visit the floor blog again! :) So many want to find out more!!!!

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  109. Hi,
    This is a really great idea and we're thinking of doing this but we had a some questions.
    Is it waterproof once sealed and is it easy to clean?
    Has it warped or buckled at all?
    Thank You!

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  110. The flooring looks fantastic! How has it held up and what do you use to clean it? I would really love to know.
    Reply @ cacaja@live.CA thanks.

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  111. Any problems with the board pulling up or warping?

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  112. I would also like to know if there is an issue with warping; we've put down luan over plywood subfloor before and had huge problems using liquid nail; granted, it was a really bad subfloor. Also, what grade and thickness of plywood did you use? I'd love to replicate this look in our new house.

    Thanks!

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  113. Congratulations on winning thediyclub's project of the month. Awesome!

    Polystick

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  114. oh this is a very informative post! i actually enjoyed reading this - very well explained too. thanks, this is very useful! Great information..

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  115. hello my name is scotty, i own Hameister Construction here in rochester mn "like us on facebook" i love this floor. i showed it to a customer and he is going to let me use his house to try this floor out. you gave us step by step how to do it and i hope it turns out as great as yours did. thanks again

    SCOTTY----HAMEISTER CONSTRUCTION

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