Is Lauan Underlay Really That Bad? Aren Cambre’s Blog

I went with 5.2mm lauan plywood from my local Home Depot with a recent flooring project because it seemed like the obvious” choice. If Lowes price is cheaper, I will print out their current price…and take it to Home Depot…Home Depot will match their price and take an additional 10% off…for example, one day I found that Lowes was cheaper on a piece of plywood…I printed it out and showed it to the cashier…they in turn, gave me the price match + 10%…on one piece of plywood, I saved over seven dollars!

Once the planks were cut, I brought them into the shop and laid them out. First, I took out an electric sander and sanded all rough edges and splinters. Next, I made up a mixture of 1/4 CeCe Caldwells Simply White Chalk Paint and 3/4 water. You can alter this mixture depending on how white” you want your flooring. I used a roller attached to a broom handle to apply a coat of the white washed paint to all of the planks.


As far as DIY stuff goes, we’ve done a lot of work on our house ourselves over the years, and we’ve always done a lot of research before doing so. I’m pretty proud of the fact that we refinished every bit of hardwood flooring in our house, and we tore out a stairway wall and most of the stairs and installed new oak treads, balusters, and newel post.

Home Depot also has great cabinet options, but I have a passion for IKEA’s moveable kitchen cabinets and prep tables which sit against the wall but are NOT installed, so they can be moved to clean and you can change the kitchen layout as you need to. The only cabinets in a kitchen that have to be installed are the ones with plumbing in them, such as the sink, and the upper shelving.

The reason I don’t like Thomasville is that Home Depot is misleading people and making them believe that Thomasville furniture is making the cabinetry and charging more because of it. If you upgrade Diamond to 1/2″ plywood sides they are well made, So assuming you you are right and Thomasville is now being made by Diamond and not American Woodmark you would need to do the same in Thomasville.

You’ll have a much nicer boat if you go with some type of marine ply and its not a bad idea to have some thin glass cloth/epoxy coating on the outside but not necessarily required. Home Depot requires you to purchase an entire sheet ($52) of marine plywood where I can buy a half sheet of exterior plywood for ($7). So out of 5 estimates HD was the highest and frankly after reading some of the horror stories at various review sites online, we are glad we chose not to contract with Home Depot. Both Home Depot and Lowes will give you a 5% discount if you have and use their credit card.