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New Project – the plywood floor

So, I was working on building my boys beds (this will be a different post) and finished Itai’s bed and realized that I did NOT want to put their beds in on the dirty carpet.  I had painted the boys room last year with a navy blue stripe around the room and decided perhaps a Ship theme?  I was going to get laminate for their floor but came across the concept of plywood floors on Pinterest (very dangerous and addicting website:))  This is the website that gave me the idea to do a plywood floor in the boys room:  Piklee

I really loved the idea- and knew it was going to be work!   I went to Home Depot and priced the plywood, looked for the best option.  I purchased 6 sheets of 1/2 in plywood, and had them cut into 4″x8′ strips. I really love the Home Depot guys close to my home- this time I had Rob and Kelly helping me.  Here is a photo of the plywood on the saw: IMG_0636

I purchased one gallon of Golden Oak stain, and 1 gallon of Polyurethane (oil based) (I need to check the brand name).  I sanded in batches- beveling the edges and sanding smooth as I could- stained and put a coat of Poly.  This raised the grain so after the Poly dried- I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper and put a second coat of poly.  When the first batch of boards were ready- I headed up to the room- where I promptly decided I needed to remove the door jam to the closet and replace it with matching boards to the floor.

So off came the door to the closet, then off came the door trim and jams.  I used a 1×6 ripped to the necessary width to put in the inside of the doorway.  I started the flooring in the closet- with pennies to seperate the boards and provide the necessary space for expansion.  I used my nail gun and 2″ 18 guage nails.  I got to the doorway and decided maybe I can use the doorway to go straight into the room (not such a good plan)

As you can see if this photo- the boards are slanting into the room-

slanted floor

(sorry for the blurry photo- my phone camera had an issue that has been fixed)

I really really didn’t want to – but I pulled up all of the boards, used a nail puller/clipper to cut off the nails, and hammered them flat into the subfloor.  I used a snap line to get a straight line and began re-laying the floor down- much better!

I had to sand , stain, and poly in batches because I only had limited sawhorses and tables to raise them off the ground- being the time of year it is- TX weather likes to be windy.  Also- Unseasonably- we have been getting a lot of rain- so it has taken at least a month to complete this project- not to mention working full time.  So here are a few pictures of progress:

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and there is nothing more annoying that getting to the end and discovering- you are short by 6 boards-

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so luckily I had some boards left over that hadn’t been stained so I stained and poly’d them and when dry installed them- so here is the mostly finished product:

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pay no attention to the hallway- that is another project- another day.


All that is left to do on the floor is to put three coats of polyurethane on it- put in the baseboards and door trim, and then the boys can move back in- so does my floor look good?

btw- I showed the pictures to Rob and Kelly in Home Depot and they were very impressed. :)


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Kathrynh - October 8, 2013 - 2:33 am

You are a rock star! That floor looks fantastic, and I am green with envy! How did the tile on the stairs come out?

Love it!

Sheila Fling - October 9, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Ori, thoes floors are beautiful. You are truly muli talented! Thanks to Phil for sending me the post.

admin - October 9, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Hi Aunt Sheila- It was not Ori that installed those floors- it was Teresa :) I love you!

Ori - October 11, 2013 - 3:03 pm

My talent is finding and keeping a talented wife.

Shaun - May 4, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Your floor looks great! What kind of plywood did you use?

admin - May 16, 2014 - 11:46 am

I used the 24/sheet 1/2 inch plywood. It sands very nicely.

Jeffrey - August 9, 2014 - 7:40 pm

How did you shoot the nails in right on top or in the side

admin - August 20, 2014 - 6:12 pm

it depends on how the joints are- for the middle partitions I did the outside and bottom. Does that help? The directions from Ana White tell you how to connect the parts.

Tammy - November 17, 2014 - 10:26 pm

We are in the process of getting our living room finish ( no DYI skills here hired someone) still adding polyuritane doing 6 coats. It’s funny people think your crazy when u tell them what your doing until they see the results. Wish it would let me paste my picture on here.

stephanie - January 5, 2015 - 6:22 am

Just wondering if you had concrete under the plywood? If so how did you go about securing and not splitting the planks to secure them? If not is it possible to lay over concrete and be able to secure? Wanting to do this to my daughters room.

admin - July 14, 2015 - 1:05 am

Hi Stephanie- no- this is on the 2nd floor so it is a wooden subfloor. I think if you were laying it over concrete you shouldn’t do nails- use construction adhesive instead.

Deb - October 17, 2015 - 12:59 pm

All the sites on pintrest for plywood flooring say Home Depot, Lowes cut the planks. NOT ONE of ours will cut. So we borrowed neighbors table saw. Anxious to see how it turns out!

Heather - December 10, 2015 - 3:35 am

So, I started a floor today in my daughter’s bedroom using your advice. I have used a nail gun and nailed the boards every 12″. I’m a little nervous about how well this is going to stay down. How do your floors look now? We’re thinking about doing the rest of the house but want some additional info first.

Judy - December 28, 2015 - 2:15 am

How much did Home Depot charge for all the cutting? Curious as to worth my investment or paying them to do it.

admin - December 28, 2015 - 5:10 am

They didn’t charge me for the cuts- I am there frequently and know most of them anyway :)

admin - December 28, 2015 - 5:11 am

Sorry- just saw this- The floors still look great- I had laminate installed in the game room and showed it to the installer and he thought it was hardwood :) triumph!

Vanessa - November 7, 2016 - 4:28 am

Hello. Your floors look great! How long has it been since installation? Do you still like them? Do they still look good? What grade of plywood did you use? Was it furniture grade or the rough that would need sanded? Thanks for your help. We’re considering plywood flooring for our craft room.

admin - November 7, 2016 - 4:34 am

they still look great- I really should post an updated pic. I chose the cheapest plywood, sanded it and filled in any knots with wood filler. I then sanded again, stained, sanded, polyed, sanded, and polyed again, and then it was like satin, so smooth. Once installed I put 3 more coats of poly, not sure if it made a difference but I don’t have any scratches despite 2 boys sharing that room. course now they are are 14 and 11, but still.

Vanessa - May 18, 2017 - 11:22 pm

Hello. Thanks for replying. Did you nail on top of the boards or on the side like tongue and groove? Have you noticed any of the edges pulling up or turning up? You didn’t use furniture grade plywood? I’m worried about all the sanding.
BTW our stores cut but now they have a sign up that it’s 50 cents a cut.
Thanks for your help!

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