So I told you last week I was going to attempt to put plywood flooring down in my kitchen, in an effort to get rid of the hideous dated stained linoleum floors we inherited when we purchased this house. Today I am going to show you the finished product and tell you a bit about what I learned.
Gorgeous, isn’t it? I’m really happy with the way it turned out– but here’s a few things I learned.
A- Its not as cheap as I thought. Because of staining it and spending money on nice polyurethane, It ended up costing more like 2.15 a square foot
B- The guys at Lowes mean well, but they don’t CUT well. You will need to rip each of these planks on a table saw yourself to get straight cuts- otherwise you will spend 3 days trying to put a puzzle together that does NOT fit. Just get them to cut them to 8 inches and then rip them to 7.5 thats what I did after day 3 of crazy…and it worked great.
C- Plywood has imperfections, and they fix those by cutting out an ugly spot and patching it- you don’t want these football shaped pieces on your floor so try to avoid those pieces or turn them over and sand the other side.
D- Its a lot of WORK.
E- Its a LOT of WORK!!!
Did I say that twice? Thats because its true. This kitchen floor took me about a week of working on it off and on. My AMAZING sister Laurel Arnold and her sweet husband came over and helped me a few days, and the awesome Sister Missionaries from my church came and helped me too- they are super heroes for sure! This is really a 2 person job- but I wanted my hubby to have a break from all my projects so I took it on during a week where he was going to be gone everyday for 10 days straight. I’m crazy. The end
Here’s the basics of what I did. It really isn’t HARD- just time consuming!
Buy the plywood, and pick your pieces carefully
Get the guys at Lowes to cut your pieces into 8 inch planks (you will have 6 per piece)
Get them home
Now, sand all 4 edges of the wood at a 45 degree angle, you just want to avoid those sharp edges on the plwyood-don’t try to be perfect– the imperfections give you a nice rustic look and keeps it from looking like plywood.
Now just lay the wood down and fit it together- I don’t like all the ends in the same spot obviously, so I cut off 3 feet or so from one pieces and make that the beginning of my second row, and then use the leftover 3 foot piece to make the third row.
Now just use construction adhesive to run a ribbon of glue down each plank and glue to the floor. We glued directly to the linoleum.
Then use a nailer- I used a finish nailer- to nail the planks down. I did 2 nails every 3 feet or so
Fill the nail holes, allow to dry and lightly sand the whole floor– filling the holes is optional, and took about 2 hours- but was totally worth the time!
Stain and polyurethane. I used Dark Walnut by Rustoleum- and I used Satin High Traffic Formula for Floors by Varathane – this was the most expensive thing I bought, at 40 dollars a gallon. It took 2 1/2 gallons to do 3 coats!
I HIGHLY recommend sanding in between coats 1 and 2 of the polyurethane. Applying the Poly brings out the grain of the wood and little bumps will be all over your floor- sand them down, and you will thank me later!