Updated Floors

You've probably already seen over on Instagram that we updated our kitchen, living room and hallway floors. We had painted plywood floors and while I loved the look of them, they just weren't holding up very well for us. Of course that is my own fault, I decided to use thin plywood to keep the cost minimal when I should've just spent the money on better quality (don't tell my husband, but I probably should've listened to him 😂). So since we installed the floors, I have been getting lots of questions so I thought this would be the best place to answer them all.

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1. What type of lumber did you use?

We went with rough cut 1x6s. So basically if you go that route, it requires a bit of work to get them smooth enough to walk on because they are pretty well rough. The reason we like them and don't mind the extra work is because they have all of the saw marks on them and it give it more character.

2. Where do you find rough cut?

Our local lumber store keeps them on hand. I have never seen anything like it at the big stores. But if you are thinking about going that route, check with you local lumber store or even local sawmills. Also price out all the different lengths they offer. We found that at our store, the eight foot and twelve foot boards were the same, cheapest price.

3. How much sanding is required?

We don't sand a ton, just enough to smooth them out so you don't get splinters. We still want to be able to see all the saw marks and imperfections.

4. Do you sand/stain/seal before or after you install?

For sanding, I would say do that before you install. You are going to want to hit the edges with the sander also and you can't get them once you lay it all down. The sander we used is linked {HERE}. We have done the staining and sealing both ways but if using the same stain we used i recommend doing it all before installation. We learned that from experience...and it wasn't a good one. The stain will turn your feet orange which in turn ruins your rugs.

5. Did we nail the floor down?

Yes we did. We used masonry floor nails like these {HERE}.

6. What did you use for stain and what are the measurements?

We wanted more of an old, rustic look so we went with a steel wool and vinegar stain. I used a 32oz mason jar and added two pieces of grade #0000 steel wool then filled the jar to the top with vinegar. I let the mixture sit for 12 hours before removing the steel wool. The longer the mixture sits, even after removing the steel wool, the darker the stain will be. We wanted the floors pretty light so we went with 12 hours. Some of the boards got a little darker than I wanted but they all take the mixture differently and no two boards look alike. We also ended up mixing a lot of it for this project so some of the mixture ended up sitting longer than others which likely contributed to some of the boards being darker.

Hopefully that answers most of the questions. If not, you can always reach out to me on Instagram.

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