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DIY Plywood Floors

by | Mar 12, 2019 | Uncategorized

Are you looking for a budget friendly way to add hardwood floors to your home?  Misty and her husband, Scott, just installed DIY plywood floors that are beautiful and cost a small fraction of what installed hardwoods would cost.

Misty and Scott started with 1/2″ plywood sheets measuring 4ft x 8ft.  Their project took 13 sheets at $17 per sheet.  Misty chose a beautiful Carbon Gray stain and finished it with several coats of poly.  Here is how she did it:

Step 1:  Make sure to fill in any holes, knots or rough spots in your plywood sheets with wood filler.  Let dry.

Step 2: Cut your 1/2″ plywood sheets into planks 5 3/4″ wide to minimize waste.  In order to stagger the plank seams, they cut the planks in lengths of 24″, 36″, and 48″ lengths.  These will be your “hardwood” planks to install.  They used 1 1/4″ long finish nails to attach the planks to the subfloor.  No wood glue was used.


Step 3:  Sanding is the most important process in this DIY project.  The most efficient way to make this happen is to use a wood planer.  You may be able to rent one through a local tool rental store.

Step 4:  Install the plywood planks.  Make sure to stagger the seams where the planks come together in the proper manner.  It should be at least a 6″ spread from seams, most people use 12″ as a standard.  This will give your finished project a professional look.  Cutting your planks in the increments noted in Step 3 will aid greatly in this process.

Step 2: Stain or paint.

Tip: Make sure to sand any areas you encounter that are not smooth or need extra work.  Do this after the install and double check after the staining process.  You want to fix any imperfections before you paint the clear coat.

Step 3:  Paint two coats of polyurethane to seal your project and create a durable surface for cleaning and family fun.  Let the floor dry between coats.

The results are amazing!  For under $350, Misty and Scott created beautiful hardwood floors that their family will be able to enjoy for years to come. Are you ready to DIY your floors?  Share with us on The Nailed It DIY Crew!

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