We first became aware of plywood flooring back in December of 2012, not long after we launched Home Flooring Pros , when we read a post by Jordan Crompton on her blog (see link below). At least that’s what I always was reading in the hardwood flooring forums like Hardwood Talk etc. 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. You can dazzle your friends and neighbors if you incorporate some faux finishes into the painted floor. When he finished, the floor had so much more character and you could really see the wood grain so much better. The floor, below, uses biscuit joins to create a 2′ x2′ plywood floor without any exposed hardware. Not only does that floor not have the same beautiful sheen, it is very difficult to keep clean.
Skip had the idea to put a thin, spongy underlayment down, to provide padding and a little give” between the concrete and the plywood. I knew I wanted lay wood flooring down, I just didn’t realize how expensive wood floors were AND how little we knew about installing wood floors haha. I will say that the polyurethane did leave a yellowish tint to the floors which I have also heard from others whom have tackled this DIY. I think 5/8″plywood may work for a home floor but I feel it is too thin for a shop floor. I primed the floor with a quality oil-based primer and then painted the base color using porch and floor paint. When I think modern-day castle, I often think of black and white checkerboard floors.
For a shop, I’d actually go with Vinyl sheet flooring-I’d ask around about offcuts too, the shop floor can look a little crazy. I used a paint mixing bit in my drill to blend it into a milk consistency, and it was ready to go. Lots of sanding and three coast of polyurethane make for a beautifully finished plywood flooring. The first thing I did was fill in the cracks between the block foundation and the floor. I am attaching a few pictures of the floors and a cafe remodel that I used BLO and shellac with a light wax polish.
We decided to place the sheets of plywood going horizontally, parallel to the front wall of the apartment, to give a sense of expansiveness. When you consider all the labor involved, the cost of the floor was not exactly cheap (about on a par with good quality engineered wood). After sealing wtih epoxy resin, I used Rustoleum Marine paint, but the regular Rusto would be just as good and less expensive (Professional or Stops Rust oil based). But like I said, you could install them like regular wood floors and do all the finishing after they’re down. I can’t even begin to tell you how pleased I am with the way the floors turned out.
Hardwood floors that have a varnish or urethane finish must be sanded before a primer is applied. It is spec’d for floors in factories, usda inspected facilities etc… As for putting wet boots on the coating the next day I do not doubt it made the paint fail. I NEVER in a million years imagined I could take an existing plywood sub floor and make it look the way I have. At the end of the day, It only took 1.5 gallons of paint and 1/2 gallon of a light polyurethane to seal. If the floor is covered with old paint or a urethane sealer, sand the surface with a sander using 80-grit sandpaper.
FINALLY I decided I’d take on the task of sitting on my knees with my Rustoleum wood stain, a varathane paint brush and some old t shirts as rags. I messed with different ratios of paint to water… but once it was all said & done, it was roughly a 2 or 2.5 to 1 ratio of water to paint. We purchased 4×8 sheets of plywood that were oak on one side, squared them up and screwed them into the subfloor. Well, having discovered many more plywood flooring ideas over the intervening months we have to now hold up our hands and say…”Hey, plywood plank floors are a legitimate, low cost, hard wearing (with caveats) DIY project for your home!”…there we said it.
I also painted the floor of my screened porch several years ago with porch and floor paint but did not use a sealer. We used the Glidden porch paint (as others mentioned earlier) and painted in the window-opening season – definitely need air circulation. I then took some Elmer’s wood filler and basically just puttied any large knots in the wood and along the seams of the plywood sheets. Now that you are ready, I want to explain why I chose to paint one plank at a time, using a brush, on my hands and knees.
I had one of those kits when I was around 10, I loved using it but (fortunately) never had the idea of decorating my parents’ floors or furniture. The biggest drawback for the T&G was knowing the shop will go through many changes over the years and if I used T&G I would lose the option of pulling up sections of plywood to run wiring under the floor. After the floors dried for about 12 hours (I really wanted to be sure they were dry), I laid down 3 coats of Satin Polycrylic with a long handed paint roller to give the floors a slight sheen and to protect them.
But after realizing the seams of the sheets would show & that it would be next to impossible to keep them clean, I figured hey, i can just paint them to LOOK like wood floors” and away I went! After the wash had dried over night our next step was to polyurethane the floors to protect them from the wear and tear. Looking for the toughest paint I could find, I used California Paints Industrial Alkyd paint. I would love to have a floor like this to work on, but it is not going to happen, I could not imagine moving my shop to do so…….. plus the cost.
Wear and Tear – No matter which plywood sheets you buy, whether pine, birch or oak, or how many protective finishing coats you apply, they are never going to be as durable or as aesthetically perfect as expensive solid or engineered hardwood flooring A DIY plywood floor is specifically suited to those looking for a more rough and ready” finish. Nail-down or floating floors may be installed over existing vinyl as long as it is no more than two layers thick. I used 2” Green exterior screws with T-20 star drive heads to secure the plywood to the 2X4s.
The way plywood is made with the layers stacked in alternate directions is really stable and doesn’t move anywhere close to as much as solid wood planks. Pretty or not, these were still solid wood floors and I knew I could figure out how to keep them and turn them into something prettier. I wouldn’t have thought to use plywood either, but works great for your shop space!
We’re waiting till our elderly dog has passed (he has a lot of accidents) but we’re really intrigued by the rustic look of the plywood planks. Because of the wood grain I might not be able to lay down masking tape tight enough to paint the squares (paint might leak under the tape). The couch is sitting directly on the floor and has not made even the slightest scratch in the finish – even when we scooted it around to reach things underneath. There are some products mentioned here and probably many others but I would advise against plywood for what you’re considering. I wasn’t looking forward to all the drilling but I wanted to secure the floor to eliminate any movement.
I’m thinking of doing the plywood planks in our FR. Years ago we ripped out the cheap berber carpet in the room and just sanded & faux painted the subfloor. Don’t use cotton rags or paper for this, because they’ll leave fibers on the floor that can ruin your paint job. Do not allow any foot traffic on the floor until the paint has completely cured. I have dabbed a bit of the leftover glaze here and there to conceal the worst mars, but the painted floor proves itself beautifully durable and practical in spite of our lifestyle.
I bought some oil based floor finish and put two coats on it. It is real shiny and sweeps up great. I’ve seen plywood floors on DIY websites before and they’re quite intriguing and pretty cost conscious from what I gather. We were aiming for a chic, coastal farmhouse feel in our office so the painted plywood floor worked out perfectly for us! It looks so amazing, it has a nice smooth texture, and doesn’t even look like plywood at all. Once I had it mixed, I tested the color on a scrap piece of plywood we had lying around.
Select an oil-based floor paint in a shade of light to medium brown in a satin or semi-gloss finish. I mixed up 3 gallons of water with about 2 pounds of Milk Paint to create a stain (3 parts water:1 part paint). We feature kids parties, decor ideas, DIY projects, baby nurseries, awesome kids rooms, crafts and more! I’m thinking of painting my bedroom floor but don’t think I’d have the patience to pull of anything as ambitious as this!
Alright.. so, since I practically live on the internet, during my travels across the webz window shopping for renovation ideas, I came across both Hindsvik’s modern plywood floors in their bedroom and Picklee’s rustic farmhouse plywood plank floors she put in her shop. We will eventually add an additional artistic baseboard to close the gap between the current baseboard and floor. Paint the perimeter of the floor first by hand, then roll the primer with the paint roller. Give the Tread Coat a try on some left over plywood and walk on it, jump on it, roll a heavy tool chest over it etc.
Once the floor is completely nailed down, you can finish the edges with quarter-round trim or decorative floor skirting. Honestly, it has been well worth it, a whole new living room floor for less than $200! Snap a line connecting each new mark to form a guideline for starting the floor. I made a couple of scratches here and there when I pulled something heavy across the floor. When I first researched painted floors, I was curious to know what people thought of their floors a year or so down the road. Interior designer Susan Hoffman has created a totally unique look with this apartment floor in Montana.
Typically a paint manufacturer provides a list of compatible primers that work well with specific finish coat paint products. The carpeting is trashed and it is not in our budget to replace it. There is plywood subflooring underneath and was searching the net for DIY cheap flooring ideas. It has to go. I’d like a tile/stone floor but not in the budget and I’d never make the money back in this neighborhood.
My initial concern is with the EP board only being 1″ it’s obviously less R value which is half the reason i wanted the wood floor to begin with but mainly I would worry about it not holding up well when moving 1,000 lb tools around or how it will settle over time in one spot. Click it and download the How To Paint Plywood Floors Captivating with Stainedpainted Plywood Floor Decorating Pinterest Plywood. The texture gives it a more organic feel, helps to not make dirt as visible, and if you get a little wear and tear… well, it just adds to the look.