Our Reclaimed Barn Wood Floors

These tasks may be tricky so will suit you if you’re experienced in DIY, or simply love a challenge. But don’t wash a wood floor or use abrasive cloths on it. If you want to restore its shine, just give it a good polish once or twice a year. You’ll have to use every trick in the book to make up for the lack of natural lighting. Each sheet of plywood is 32 sqft (4×8 = 32) … so we divided 1500 by 32 and got roughly 47 sheets. Firstly, it is important to ensure that the room where you are going to install the flooring is absolutely clean. If not, you’ll have to thoroughly clean the entire hardwood floor with ammonia and water or a commercial floor cleaning product.

Fill all your countersunk face-nail holes (not the decorative cut nails) with a hardening putty and sand flush with the wood with 120-grit paper. I have a basement stair that is currenty being renovated to have hardwood installed. Several finishing options are available for pine floors: tung oil, varnish and stains. With proper care, you can achieve the look and durability of real wood without the high costs. No worries about the kiddies running around or licking the floor haha babies tastes everything…and nothing bad getting to the baby who will make us a family of six…. Rock the board down while tapping a rubber mallet against a spare piece of flooring.

Besides a shop class in seventh grade, the only real woodworking I’ve done is making the flooring and trim for this house. The wood was covered with a tarp and had a foot of snow and ice on it but we dug down and loaded up the trailer. My hardwood guy says without the t-molding (which is rounded on top) the wood floors don’t have enough room to expand and might buckle. But if you believe that a few dents and dings simply add character to a wood floor, then pine flooring is a great option.

You’ll need spacers and expansion strips to fit real wood flooring – as you’re creating a floating floor you have to leave room for expansion. I think that putting in some other hardwood would be very difficult to do without refinishing the whole floor, which is too much effort for this job I think. New innovations in carpet fibers, backings and even carpet cushion now make it easier for pet owners to handle those little accidents. Plywood can give you that rustic hardwood floor look, at a significantly lower price than finished hardwood. A shop vac is invaluable to clean the floor before finishing — just make sure to use a soft bristle floor attachment.

Drill a hole about 16mm larger in diameter than the pipe and make two angled saw cuts from the board edge to the sides of the hole (fig. When it came down to the wood trim and floors, we started pricing everything out and discovered it would be a lot less expensive if I made the trim and flooring myself. Let’s make sure that you know what you are getting into and review some considerations of doing a flooring project by yourself.

Personally I have never done a floor job, and can’t offer construction advice, but I have witnessed poor jobs and understand wood well enough to say.. caution this is not a novice level project.. he he. good luck. I have been in there and they have a fantastic selection and the people are real knowlegeable about the various types of wood flooring products and can give you good advise.

Make sure to ask for references of contractors so that you can review and evaluate his or her work to get the best one possible. First off, when we bought the plywood, I asked some of the Menards employees if they would cut the wood down for me, and they said that they don’t cut wood at the store. I’m always designing and making new DIY projects.. and then I create videos and downloadable, in-depth, step-by-step Tutori-‘s, so that you can follow along and make them too!

While chair glides and furniture pads can be purchased at your local home improvement store, other options are available if you want to minimize cost and make your own. You’ll get a neater finish by trimming the architrave so the underlay and flooring fit below it. Don’t forget to allow a 10mm expansion gap at the wall beneath the architrave. The tongue-and-groove pine flooring must run perpendicular to the floor joists.

Because they’re more substantial, wood fibre boards also give good heat and sound insulation – although they’re not suitable for splash areas. This is 1/16″ to 3/16″ of real hardwood glued on top of a plywood base (see picture). Another effective method of how to make wood floors shine without causing damage on the floor is with the use of tea and some essential oils. Because of the part of the country you and I are in (I am in Austin), the floors in houses of that vintage are almost certainly either heart pine or red oak, and judging from the photos, I am sure yours are red oak. Use a small circular or jigsaw make the cross cut on the drop” side of the line.