DIY wood floors (and an upcoming project sneak peek!)

Working on my home has been a serious priority this year, which is kinda obvious since I’ve basically finished up six spaces in the last six month.

Holy cow… did I just say six in six? Yeah, I guess I did.

Anywho, I’m on track to do seven in seven, because we just started our master bedroom makeover. I’ll tell you more about it all next week, but we’ve gotta start at the bottom and do everything from scratch, so why not start with the floors?

All throughout our house the floors have slowly been ripped out, one room at a time, and we’ve been replacing them with our DIY 1×8 pine plank floors. I know, I know, it’s kinda controversial. I get emails about them nearly every day, people questioning my crazy idea. Well crazy kinda works for us, so we’re still going with it.

We Β first did our DIY wood floors about 3 years ago in the kitchen (aka the most used space in our house), and slowly worked our way through the rest of the house. With only the living room left to give new floors, it’s obvious we’re obsessed with the look, feel and durability of the cheapest flooring option we’ve ever found.

Our room started with some seriously ugly 90s carpet that was worn out and yucky. Blech! Although we’ve done a few rooms already, I’ve never really done the whole project as a post – so go grab a glass of sweet tea, because we’re gonna walk through the whole project, m’kay?

Got your tea? Alrighty then!

First we had to rip out all of the old carpet, which in a traditional built home isn’t that complicated. However, in a mobile home they put down the flooring, then build the walls on top of it. Walls built ON TOP of carpet. Sigh. We tried a bunch of different methods, but the best way to go is to take a chisel and cut through the carpet all the way around the room.

So that’s what we did. And by we, I mean Mr. SCC. I just stood back and took photos. Oh, and I provided copious amounts of sweet tea. I’m such a good wife.

After he had all the carpet up and outta here (woohoo!) We cut 1×8 number 2 pine planks down to 4 ft lengths for most of the room, plus some 2 ft pieces for starters. I actually did help with that, hence no photos. So it’s either photos or labor… gotta pick my battles. But, we’ve already done a full post on our floors, so I’m covered, right?

Ok, let’s get to the staining part. Usually we do it on our hands and knees the old fashioned way, but my friends at HomeRight asked me to try the StainStickΒ and sent me one to use for this project.* Uh… hello! Dude, it was SO much faster than my old method. Like for reals. It took me less than 1/2 the time than normal.

It was pretty easy to use, you just insert a little straw-like thing into your stain, suck it up into the stick and stain it up. If you were doing a tiny space (like our bathroom) I’d say it might not be much different, but a larger space is perfect.

And it works on wood decks & porches. Guess who’s working on those soon? That’d be me. And again, by me I mean Mr. SCC.

Back to the bedroom….

It was fun to spend a little quiet, quality time with my sweetheart: me staining, him wiping. We talked about all kinds of things like how to pronounce the stain color…

If you know the answer, hit us up in the comments. We might take a poll or something. I’m thinking Ja-co-bee-an. He says Jaco-bean. Maybe we’re both wrong?

No matter how you pronounce it, we waited 24 hours after the stain, then sealed them with 3 coats of poly-acrylic.

To answer a few questions that I know someone will email me (because we’ve been through this before):

Yes, we use local pine, from a local source. We don’t go to the big box hardware store – think mom and pop small shop. We buy Georgia pine because it’s the closest we have to home. And, it’s cheaper, coming in at around 75 cents a sq ft.

No, we don’t let it acclimate. We go buy it, bring it home and start planking floors. That’s why we choose local wood, it’s already acclimated to our area.

Yes, there will be screw holes showing. We like ’em like that. It adds to the farmhouse feel, don’t ya think?

No, we don’t have cupping issues. We’ve had these floors for 3 years in our kitchen without any cupping issues at all.

Yes, we screw them straight to the sub-floors. (And for the first time, we didn’t even have to replace them in this room.)

No, I don’t know how they affect resale value. This is our forever home, so we never think about it.

YES! I will answer any other questions about the floors (or anything else) – just leave them in the comments!

*I have partnered with HomeRight for this post. All projects & opinions are my own crazy ideas.*

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.

Comments

  1. I LURV THIS!!!! Fantastic, and yes the screws do make it seem more farmy. I can’t wait to see the whole thing…Hurry UP!! LOL j/k

  2. I love this.. I think the screw holes give it a lot of character. Since you have had this for a while in another room.. is it easy to care for/clean? Thanks.. love it!

    • Oh it’s simple – just tell the kids to clean them! I kid, kinda…

      It really it easy, I just sweep them like normal and use a wet swiffer most times, but clean them with Murphy’s oil soap about once a month.

  3. I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, Gina. I love your floors. We have a mobile home, too, and we think we’re going to try this also. You’ve probably already said so, but could you tell me how much of an expansion gap you left?

    • We left about 1/8 of an inch around all of the walls, but the boards themselves are side by side together as closely as possible.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. My hubby & I just went to look at floors at our local home improvement place last night and I am pretty much horrified by the cost. 75 cents a square foot sounds WAY better than anything I saw. Big props to you for doing what you like & what is authentic despite some naysayers.

    • Girl, I hear ya! We looked high and low a few years ago and did the kitchen just because it was so cheap. I had no idea I’d love them so much! Check out your little local lumber stores to find the best prices.

  5. This looks great. I didn’t know you could use regular wood on a floor, but it looks wonderful.

  6. it does look fantastic!!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  7. It’s definitely Ja-co-be-an πŸ™‚

    And it looks lovely – have done mine in a very similar stain, Alice @ Mims Make Lists x

  8. This is such a clever idea! That little peek looks amazing so far…can’t wait to see the whole room!! XO,
    Christy

  9. I love your floors! My husband and I did the same thing in our kitchen, except we used 1x4s. They were screwed to the subfloor and then we covered the screw holes with chunks of dowel. (Which I don’t recommend doing – it’s gorgeous but it took FOREVER to finish.) We didn’t stain ours, just polyurethaned it.

    I love it, but it does get pretty beat up by the kitchen chairs. (Maybe because it’s a different type of pine available in the Northern part of the US?) I think it would be perfect for rooms with lower traffic though, and am considering going your route and staining it a dark color in another room of the house.

    So yeah. You’re not the only crazy people that have done this type of flooring!

  10. This is a great idea. The floors looked really good. I think I would use a pre-stain sealer if I were to do this and maybe two coats of stain. You have such good ideas!

  11. Oh, girl, you are SO funny. I love reading your commentary on your projects. And what a project this is! I’m so proud for you–your home already looks wonderful, and month by month this year it’s getting even better! LOVE those floors!

    P.S. So far as I know, it’s Juh-CO-bee-uhn. I may be wrong, but I think that’s right!

  12. Gina your floors look AMAZING!! And I love the fact that you can see the tops of the screws, they are perfect, and I love them. Cannot wait to try this someday πŸ™‚

  13. Wow! Your floors look amazing. You did a fantastic job

    Judy

  14. We have an active 60 lb dog and were wondering how the pine holds up to pet nails… love your floors and would like to try them πŸ™‚

    • Ellen Holland says:

      Not well to dog nails. We did our kitchen and den in yellow pine 18 years ago and my three dogs have given it character. So if you are going to be upset with marring. Don’t choose pine. Otherwise beautiful floors for a fraction of the cost.

  15. The floors are gorgeous!!! I love that you used locally sourced wood.

  16. I can’t wait to see a more panned out view! They look gorgeous from what I can see!

  17. Gina … My husband and I live in a 2001 Manufactured home, as well. I am wanting to rip up all of the carpet and install new floors. Was thinking about wood laminate, but the kind I want is rather pricey. May just try your method. I love the look and you did an outstanding job!!!

  18. The floors look amazing, thanks for trying the StainStick for staining.
    HomeRight

  19. LOVE your floors! The exposed screws give it so much more character =) And thank heavens for the Stain Stick! I hadn’t heard of that tool yet.

  20. What a great idea!! :)I want to try this someday for my own home!

    I just found this blog on bloglovin.

    following now.

    Blessing,
    Delvalina

  21. When you are installing these floors and are approaching an exterior door, how do you enable the door to open, since most flooring materials are much thinner than 1″? We don’t live in a mobile home, but our exterior doors are metal, so shortening the door isn’t an option.

    • Maybe you could just put tile down in the entryway, about a 3’x3′ or 4’x4′ area, then use a nice quarter round to edge around the wood where it meets the tile.

  22. I love the floors. We live in a farmhouse built in 1900 and our floors look just the same. So, I’d have to say yes- it does add to the farmhouse feel. The only thing I don’t like about ours is that our screw holes are actually nail holes and the nails have a habit of popping up on occasion. Not always so good for bare feet. But I do enjoy the look of the holes.

  23. Gorgeous floors! Love the stain color, too. You and your hubby do great work!

  24. Gorgeous floors! Love the stain color, too. You and your hubby do great work!

  25. Love your blog! Adding it to my blog roll of “Upwardly Mobile Blogs” in my quest to renovate a mobile home into a lovely little cottage!
    Blessings, Theresa @ Cottage Violets

  26. I’m here from your pin on Pinterest….LOVE this floor….I’ve always wanted to try this but have been scared with all the talk of letting the wood acclimate and the cupping problem. Glad to hear that this is not the case. And I love the screw holes showing. This is the exact floor that I want. Love the stain stick too….makes it look like the job would be so much faster! Thanks so much for sharing your project!

    Jamie | andersonandgrant.blogspot.com

  27. OMG! I LOVE these floors! I was thinking I would do something similar in my house when I buy as I really don’t like carpet… I really like this. Thank you, and the best part is you used my favorite stain πŸ˜‰ I’ve never really thought about how I pronounce the name though, I think I would go with ja-co-bee-an

    I really like this project

  28. Holy cow!! These look amazing Gina!!
    I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you at Haven πŸ™‚ and I love all you’re doing with your home!

    Ashley

  29. Cassie S, says:

    I love this idea and the price is even better! Since you just screwed the planks into the subfloors and didn’t use underlayment, do you have issues with them being loud?

    • Hi Cassie,
      No, not that I’ve ever noticed. However our house is only one level, so it might be noisier if you did them upstairs? No real difference between it and the “traditional” flooring in our house, which does have underlayment.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • I was wondering if you would be able to use an underlayment with this type of flooring? I’d love to do this but I’d like to put an insulated underlayment under it.

  30. We did pine plank flooring in our house when we built it 21 years ago. Years of wear and tear have left them looking naturally worn and people often ask if they are “reclaimed” floors, which we take as a compliment. I’ve thought about refinishing them, staining them darker, but the thought of the time and the work (of moving everything out) freaks me out. So I just remember what other people have said about our floors and try to stay content. We have gradually added pine plank floors to other rooms as well, including our stairs, and have painted them ivory. I love the look! The latest room was our master bedroom on the second floor (we removed 20 year old carpet as well) and I haven’t noticed much of a difference in noise. We do glue and screw the boards down and then fill the holes with wood plugs be fore we paint. The farmhouse feel comes through with those too! Thanks for sharing your photos and tips. Your dark stain is inspiring me to redo our floors….”oh, honey…!” πŸ™‚

  31. We did the same thing to our house…an 1894 farmhouse. We screwed lumberyard pine, 12″ wide planks to the subfloor and stained and polyed. (we used a water based poly since we finished during the winter and I was deathly afraid of the fumes of an oil based) We have a 30 pound dog and she has scratched up the floor quite a bit in her high traffic areas. I wonder if we had used the oil based poly if it would have not shown the scratches as much, or if it is just because of the soft pine? I guess I’ll never know, but don’t have any intent of refinishing them anytime soon. I think it just gives it more character!

  32. I just fell in love with you and your home. I am planning a house now and am trying to sell my dad on doing our floors like this, fiancee is sold but dad isn’t. Plus you said “No, I don’t know how they affect resale value. This is our forever home, so we never think about it.” It is nice to know someone isn’t remodeling for resale or decorating for resale but is doing it for what works for them!

  33. Very important question…do these floors snag your socks?! I’ve seen this treatment done on other blogs and I LOVE the way it looks, but I’m really worried about the sock-snagging potential. πŸ˜‰

  34. I love, love, love these floors! They look awesome and definitely give the whole barnwood, farm type feel! Just one question, I have an 86lb lab and even though I keep them her toenails trimmed, they do hit when she walks or runs through the house! Just wondered how these floors hold up to pet toenails? Thanks for sharing!

  35. Did you sand or buff before staining?

    Also we have Lino all over and I was thinking of installing overtop. It’s very old and will be very labor intensive to remove. Any thoughts on this?

    • I sanded the boards individually before we put them down so they were ready to stain when finished. I’m not sure about laying over lino, but Mr. SCC says it’s definitely possible.

  36. Hello! I LOVE your floors!! I am so happy to have come across your post because I’m figuring out how to use my old fence wood (1×6″, 3/4″) for my kitchen floor!! I really like the look of the screws, too. I’m going to try not to sand, because I don’t want to lose the grayed look, but ohhhh, I love your floors!
    Ironically, I have enough gorgeous cork flooring to do the whole 12×12′ kitchen. Never even opened the boxes. I guess if I end up with too many splinters or something, I can always put it down. Anyone in the market for cork…? [LOL]

  37. I live in Tennessee and was interrested in buying some of this lumber, could you let me know where you purchased the wood?

  38. How would you install this on cement floors?

    • I probably wouldn’t do it on cement. If it’s in good shape, why not just paint it?

      • Lindsay Judkins says:

        Would you mind explaining why you wouldn’t do it on cement? My husband and I really want to try this but it would be on cement. Thank you!

        • Gina Luker says:

          You could, but you’ll have to put down a vapor barrier (like you’d put under click wood type floors). It’s basically the same process, just a lot harder because of drilling into the concrete to get the screws to hold.

    • They make a concrete stain that you can make to look like tile by using thin masking tape to tape off where the grout lines would be. Stain over it (very carefully), let dry, pull up the tape, voila. Instant tile. Finish with a few coats of polyurethane. Just by using the tape & different colors of stain you could make all kinds of designs.

    • I think you can lay sheets of plywood over the cement floor to attach planks to.

  39. There was a question a while ago about tapering down the fact that the boards are one inch high and in the case of the person who made the question their steel doors were less. Please advise

    • Hi Dave,
      I really don’t have an answer, because I have no idea. My only suggestion would be to use a tiled area right inside the door for an entry, so the door can open, then use trim to transition the tile to the thickness of the wood.

      Hope this helps!

  40. We have this in our home too. I did my Living Room over 20 years ago and they still look great! Did the rest of the house a couple of years ago. We did not screw ours down, we used wood glue and square nails. Love the look.

  41. gorgeous!

  42. This may be a dumb question, but why not stain the boards before installing them? I’m all about cutting down on as much bending over as possible!

  43. Hi Gina! I am wondering exactly what kind of polyacrylic you coated the floors with (if you mentioned this before, sorry!). My husband and I just installed the raw planks and I’m terrified about the impending stain-poly steps. Eek!

    • Hi Ceci,
      We used water based Polycrylic on my bedroom floors, but we did Helmspar for the kitchen because it works better in areas with water.

      Hope this helps!
      Gina

  44. Lovely tutorial! I have been wanting to do my own floors for a long time. What I love about this method is that you can go room by room which makes it very budget friendly. Plus, if I start with my son’s room and screw it up, no one will ever know. πŸ˜‰ . I do have a couple of questions though–Did you place the planks right together or did you add a small space? Also, after 3+ years, do you experience any squeaky boards? In addition to the screws did you use any flooring adhesive?
    BTW–Totally doing a plank wall in our master. Love the simplicity of your designs!

  45. You have done a great job and this floor looks really awesome. I will definitely try to do such activity by myself in next flooring renovation.

  46. Hi πŸ™‚ I stumbled upon this from Pinterest! I am SO interested in doing this! My home was built in the 50’s and all 3 bedrooms have original pine flooring. I have learned how to refinish a floor on my own. It is a hard and quite expensive process, but the end result looks amazing!! I have this very napped carpet in my kitchen that I want to get rid of. I have used water based Poly on my furniture but I am going to assume that an oil based poly would be better for the kitchen. Is that right when you said “Helmspar”?

  47. Do you have any issues with dust/dirt getting into the screw holes? Building a new home next year and love the look!

    • Gina Luker says:

      I make sure to put extra poly on those so it won’t catch dirt in the cracks. I do vacuum it regularly as well as sweeping to help catch any leftover bits.

  48. Kathy Wyckoff says:

    What type of screws did you use to screw down the boards? I’m defintiely going to do this in my old farmhouse.

    • Gina Luker says:

      We use 2 inch drywall screws. They’re black so they blend with our dark floors and have a sharper tip than wood screws.

  49. Such a wonderful job! Did you have to do anything to the sides of the wood? In other words how did you get them to fit so closely together without gaps?

  50. I love my pine floors, but they do not stand up to heavy pet nails. Out dog is 90 lbs. & you can tell where he spends his time.

  51. We used 1×4 pine in the living.room and dining.room in our new log cabin. We got tons.of it at
    Builders supply going out of business Auction for nearly nothing and it sat in said house until we were ready.for flooring and I had to talk dh into using it. I love it. Computer chair was rough on it but I put down a rug and you can’t tell it.

  52. I’m a fairly new homeowner (6yrs in) and have started to make things my own. I just did windows, siding and the roof and now is the time for the inside. Wanted to start with my kitchen. Saw this on Pinterest and had to check it out! I have the rolled linoleum already and it has to go! Definitely will be doing this in my kitchen. Hope it can stand up to a 100lb German Shephard!! Haha

  53. You haven’t any idea how timely this post was for me. We had been discussing doing this very thing in our vintage 1840 to 1920 cabin turned farmhouse in Tuscumbia, AL. It is a MESS, and we are doing so much of the work ourselves. Thank you again for your information!

    Oh yes, and I will be following! ‘-)

  54. I will be tearing down an old garage in the spring (and by me I mean me). After reading this I will be redoing my cottagefloors with the pine from the wall after planing them. Thank you!

  55. Hello….I just moved into a Mobile home…pulled up all the carpets & have been shopping around for some hard wood flooring. I love the look of your floor….did you put down any blocker or sound proof material before placing the wood planks? I am gonna do this in my 13×13 dining area…Thanks

  56. Loving it and am super impressed with you guys! πŸ™‚ one quick question (maybe for the mr….): do you think this would work with underpayment? Thanks so much in advance, Kristin

  57. Hi im english and it is pronouced jack o bee un its after
    the jacobean period where dark wood was the fashion πŸ™‚

  58. HI!

    i am interested to know where you live, thinking about this idea and you mentioned you didn’t have many problems with cupping of the wood etc. The harsher climates affect wood more dramatically so just trying to get an idea of what your climate is.

    Love the idea, I think my husband will be totally opposed so I am doing a lot of research first…

    Thanks

  59. Doesn’t the pine scratch? I used to have pine furniture (I know, totally different) but I could scratch it by just pressing my finger nail into it.

  60. Hi Gina,

    Great job! You are truly an inspiration! I too live in a Manufactured Home and it has taken me 15 years to wrap my head around it…my own issues…but with The Lord’s help I am now seeing past our 2 1/2 acres of weeds, gravel driveway, etc…and am creating the home of our dreams. In middle of DIY projects in every room…I’m a bit impulsive lol That’s just because I start something and then my hands get tied waiting on my husband to do something and I move onto something else…it’s a vicious circle since he is a procrastinator. We make some DIY team lol I need to start to learn to use the big power tools…then I wouldn’t have to wait on him. Anyhow…my reason for writing you…besides the fact that I wanted to say thank you for your inspiration…but I’m curious about the floors. I’m trying to talk my husband into doing DIY wood floors either using 1×6 pine boards or plywood cut into planks…he is apprehensive where I am willing to jump in and figure out as we go…don’t know what The Lord was thinking when he brought us together…He had a plan. I want to start in the kitchen since that is my current and first project. He is concerned about water and traffic…we have a teenage daughter and a 10 year old still at home and 2 Siberian huskies, 2 small dogs all inside. I noticed you have 2 children and a cat…any dogs? Water spills? How have they held up? Have you had to re-stain any? I would appreciate any help and advice.
    Thank you,
    Lisa

  61. Kim Graham says:

    Floors look outstanding! Dumb question here though! Did you start in the center and do the whole chalk line thing, or just start against a wall? My whole issue with re-doing floors is, I do not measure well, so I do not get the center chalk line thing.
    Thanks,
    kim

    • Gina Luker says:

      We started on one wall in the corner and worked our way across. I know that’s not the “right” way to do it… but we never do things the right way to begin with πŸ˜‰

  62. stringbead says:

    I wish I’d looked into something like this when we built our home. We couldn’t afford anything but laminate and it’s awful, awful stuff. I call it floor paneling. We’re already thinking about ripping it up and doing something else and this looks like it would fit our budget.

  63. Your floors look great! Its exactly what I’m looking to do.Would you be willing to share your source of the wood?I can’t find anything under 1.50a square foot.

    • Gina Luker says:

      Check your little local hardware/wood shops – that’s where we get ours (Brinks Lumber Company is the name for my local peeps!)

  64. Stephanie says:

    I would love to do this in out house we are remodeling, we have a concrete slab how could we adhere them to the floor since you couldn’t screw them in? Also how do you mop them?

    • Gina Luker says:

      I’m not sure πŸ™ You could probably put plywood on the floor and then attach them to that – but it would up the cost significantly. For cleaning, we use Murphy’s Oil Soap to mop them with a damp mop and it works great.

  65. The flooring looks great. I have a question about the sub floor. I have a space that has cement/tile flooring, and I want to put a wood floor on top. Will it work to just lay a plywood floor over the tiles (glue it down) then proceed with the wood flooring on top; keep in mind I live in the middle east, where the temps get quite hot in the summer. Any advice/experience you can share would be very helpful.

    Regards,
    Russell

  66. Did you tongue and groove these?

    Cheers

  67. Michelle says:

    I was wondering about how this floor holds up to wet spills. It is so beautiful. I actually have about 20+ sf of it laid down in my bedroom already, but I chickened out partway through the project.

    • Gina Luker says:

      Mine has held up beautifully to everything we’ve thrown at it. Stuff gets spilled on our kitchen floors a lot and we’ve never had any issues.

  68. i love this idea! you could also predrill out the screw holes and put in wooden plugs. it would take time but would look great.

    • Gina Luker says:

      Yeah, that’s a great idea! We kinda love the rustic feel of the screw heads, but it certainly would look more finished.

  69. Do you have animals?? I have 6 dogs so I wonder about durability of the flooring with them. Definitely want to do this in my home!

  70. Your post is such an inspiration. I would love to do the same to my floors as our carpet is beyond help.
    Our sub floors are concrete and I’m not sure how to put the wood down. I love the look of the screws
    showing but I know they won’t go through the floor. I thought of using short screws just to get the
    same look but how would we attach the wood to the floor? I would appreciate any ideas you might
    have.

  71. Hey! My wife and I just bought a mobile home and I am planning to do the flooring like this. I was wonder how it is as far as being insulated. I’m in pa so the winters can be cold. Thanks!

    • Gina Luker says:

      I’m not an expert, so I can’t say for sure, but I’d think an extra 3/4 inch of wood would help, right?

  72. Josiah Koval says:

    How did you get the stain to look so weathered in the pic. It’s like it didn’t get taken up in some of the grain. I love it!!

  73. Wyatt Masterson says:

    Hello,
    Floor looks good. I love pine, which is what I will be using when doing my floors. It looked like the boards were just straight boards, no tongue and groove or half lap. Any problems with expanding and contacting?
    Thanks,
    Wyatt

  74. Hi,
    I’m trying to do this in a wrecked mobile home. The particle board floors need a fair bit of patching – with
    large areas that have suffered water damage and 15″ vent holes by tenants who were using the place for
    a grow-house ;-( I’m working on getting the areas filled now, with a bit of sill/exterior wall stud repair as well.

    One friend said to put 3/4 plywood over the whole thing and then do the flooring (pine boards) adding much expense and that extra height as well… I’d like to go for the soft spots and then go over the particle board with pine boards. Do you think it matters if I lay the boards in the same direction as the framing joists (like a railroad track) – which is what I’d like to do to de-emphasize the long, narrow feel? Otherwise, maybe for strength, I should lay the boards perpendicular to the framing joists?

  75. I noticed in the photo where Mr. SCC is screwing the planks down, that you have what looks to be a particleboard subfloor/underlayment. I was told that it would not hold a nail. We intended to use square cut masonry nails for an antique look on our 1X8 pine floors, and I can’t get over how expensive they are! We have already taken up half of the particleboard in our 244 sq ft living room/dining room, but I would like to not have to for the rest, and make it multi-level. How well do you think older particleboard will hold a nail 2 1/2 inches long under a 1×8?

    • Gina Luker says:

      It will if you use ring shank nails! That’s what I’d use if I were going to nail them down – however screws are easier all the way around.

  76. Janine Minnaar says:

    Love this idea!!! We are looking at “inexpensive” ways for flooring for our garage, but we have a cement floor . Would we need to put down another layer of sheeting or something before we screw in the wood?

  77. I am curious if I could do this on cement . Slab House 1st floor . How would it be kept in place and would I need to put an under laymen. It is not tongue and groove is it ? I could use cut off nail heads for looks. What do you think ?
    Thank you for any info you can give . Beautiful job by the way . : )

  78. We love your floors and are considering doing this in our home. I am reading everything and all the questions and answers, but haven’t seen our question as yet. Why not stain the boards before putting them down, wouldn’t that be easier? Or is there a reason to do this after they are down.

    • Gina Luker says:

      I just prefer to do it when they’re down because we don’t have a space to do it inside neatly. If you had a basement, then you could totally go that route, but doing it once installed is actually faster in the long run.

  79. JONI OLLIS says:

    I love the floors. I have ripped out all the old carpet, put down linoleum, ripped that out, put down laminate and now I am going to do this and it will be forever!!! I am thinking about covering the screws with wood putty. Also instead of 2′ starters use 1′, 2′ and 3′ starters. Has anyone done it like that?

  80. http://i.word.com/idictionary/jacobean

    I really love this. I have been looking at people who do it with plywood too. We are considering going this route for our bedroom. Do you glue them? Or just screw them down?

  81. For everyone asking about doing this on concrete…my childhood home is a basement house with all concrete floors. My brother bought the house from my dad and his first project was replacing the hideous carpet in the living room with wood. He bought tongue and groove planks, pre-stained, and installed it right over the concrete. He left a small gap all the way around the perimeter and topped that off with quarter-round to hide the gap. The floor ‘floats’ over the concrete without any adhesive of any kind. The end result is beautiful and by getting the materials at Lumbar Liquidators he ended up doing it for under a dollar per square foot. It’s been several years since he did this, 2010, and it has held up beautifully even with two grandbabies and several dogs. Hope this helps someone.

  82. I was wondering if you used a quarter round for the edges that are 1/8″ away from the walls? Or what did you do for the gap?

  83. Vicki Cobb says:

    This would be great in our home. We built a log home from scratch (cutting the trees down, peeling the logs, etc., etc., etc.) but it is on a concrete slab. Not sure if you could glue the boards down or not. Any suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Gina Luker says:

      Lay a plywood subfloor on top and then put the floors on top of it – I’ve had other readers do that and it works great. Just make sure to put a layer of protection between the concrete and plywood to avoid moisture problems.

  84. My apologies if these are repeat questions!
    1) How did you determine spacing between boards (or did you not at all?) Do you feel this affected the integrity of the floors in a negative or positive way? Looking back, if you could’ve gone back and altered the amount of space between boards, would you have?
    2) Did you use an adhesive as well to attach the boards to the sub floor or did you use screws alone? If not, would you use or recommend the use of an adhesive next time? Do you recommend nails as an option?
    3) Do the floors make any sounds or movement (not necessarily a bad thing!-I think all the more charm!:) when walked across?

    Thanks so much!!:)

    • We only had a quarter of on inch around the edge,we have done many floors the same way because we like the method we use.
      We did not use adhesive we used screws for the purpose if we needed to fix some kind of damage screws are easier to take out as for nails alot of people use nails but again we prefer screws. In all the rooms we’ve done we only have one board that has a light squeak.

  85. What was the cost with stain wood and screws in sf?

  86. I live in N. GA. What mom-pop did your wood come from? Or did you source it in the city/state you live in? I know where one lumber yard is in G. GA, but haven’t checked with them on my trips down to see what they offer to the local public.

  87. How did your vents do? Maybe you could put a pic of the vent hole?

  88. Just found your site and love the floor. My problem is I can’t find 1 x 6 x 8 #2 yellow pine for less that $12.00/board…any suggestions? I live in east Texas.

  89. Hi Gina,

    You may have already answered this question but I too live in Georgia and am wondering what local store you bought from at the low price of 75 cents per sq ft.

    Thanks!

    Carissa

    • Gina Luker says:

      I live in Tennessee but mine were supplied by Georgia Pine. You will have to look in small towns at the local mom & pop stores.

  90. I love your floors!!! Great job! Quick question, I have ugly white tiles in my kitchen and living room, can I put the wood on top of the tile? I appreciate your advice and help.

  91. Wow, you are the first person I have found that talked about doing this. Thank you. I bought a manufactured home in Montana for < $25k. I had to pay cash. I had to buy because I am extremely sensitive to some chemicals. First thing I had the carpets riped out. New ones are toxic. Old ones have toxic cleaning products. They had to be gone before I moved in. I had to cover the floors cheap and fast so put down plastic sheeting and plywood. Ok for now.

    I was thinking I would just get what ever inexpensive "wood" flooring I could get and put that it. But, I really want a gray stain color. Can't find any I like. I love how you did. I have one question. I think it would be easier for me to finish the planks before putting them down. Do you (both) have any thoughts on this? Do you think gray floors is crazy? With other shades of gray stained wood trim? 50 shades of gray? Mine is more for resale. I am trying to not go with my quirky ideas.

    I will be checking out the rest of your blog as I have to do the entire place also. You don't get a lot for < $25k.

    ps. I'm a Union carpenter now disabled by chemicals in cleaning products.

  92. Ann Struttmann says:

    Love this idea and strongly considering it for my home. Did you use it in any bathrooms and if so how did it work?

    • Gina Luker says:

      We used it in our half bath – no shower in there but it works great! We’ve had it in our kitchen for years and still love it there, too!

  93. I have a million and one questions about redoing the floors like this. I know you said you used 1″ x 6″ pine planks. Is it solid pine planks or pine plywood turned into planks? Did you purchase these in plank form or did you have to rip them into planks before installing? When you sanded the planks, did you slightly round the top corner edges? I’ve been reading a lot of websites/blogs about using plywood cut into planks as flooring. I’m trying to figure out what color stain to use, and I like how your floors look in the photos, but I’d assume pine planks would take the stain differently than a pine plywood. We have plywood subfloor and original oak hardwood floor. We’re wondering if we can install the planks directly over the original oak hardwood? This might sound insane to some people, but we’ve already sanded and refinished them once since we bought the 1950’s home in 2008. Since we moved in, a support beam in basement snapped and our entire upstairs floor dropped by 3/4″…creating a lot of splinters, cracking, and spaces between the wood. We also prefer wider planks. Two other question about the staining of your floors. Does the yellow pine color shine through? I’m not a big fan of that part, but I don’t see the yellow in your photos. I know pine can be tricky with staining. Can you see the natural wood on the edges of the planks in the cracks? Thanks in advance for your patience of reading this very long train of questions and answering them ;)!

    • Gina Luker says:

      They’re solid wood 1×6 pine, straight from the lumber store (like you’d build furniture, etc. with.) I’ve seen a lot of people do the plywood floors, we just prefer the look and feel of #2 pine better. You could install it over other wood, but will have to trim doors, etc. to accommodate the change in floor height. You cannot see the edges on ours because I paid close attention while staining to make sure it was well covered. Hope this helps!

  94. Hello! I’m from Argentina and I do not understand if you used the product is a sort of wax or other product. Greetings! The floor was great!

  95. Housewife says:

    I love this flooring so much that i thought i’d try it on one of our upstairs rooms but the panking isn’t very sturdy and so would this make the floor very creaky and unstable how should i prevent this?Should i use thicker wood?

  96. Love your pine floors AND the screw holes I agree with you, there’s a ton of charm and farmhouse style when there are imperfections. I have “cabin grade” oak in our home. The installer said “your entire floor is comprised of the parts that the manufacturer would usually throw away”. It has knots, and worm holes and mineral stains and I LOVE IT but what I love the most is keeping about 1300 square feet of oak OUT of the landfill.

  97. Lisa Anne says:

    is there any sealant between the planks?

    • Gina Luker says:

      I seal them by making sure the cracks are well covered with poly. We’ve had to take out a board or two (to remove HVAC vents when we had it reinstalled last year) and they still held up great.

  98. Was the pine Kiln Dried?
    Do you have gaps between them now from shrinking and if so what size and what did you do to fill them in or did you not?
    Did you condition the wood before staining it?
    If you had to do it over again would you change anything?

    They look amazing, good work

    • Gina Luker says:

      Uhhhh not sure about kiln dried. There’s no major gaps that bother me. I didn’t condition the wood, just sanded before installing then swept and stained. I still do this flooring in rooms as we work through our house and really do nothing different. All these years later I still love them. πŸ™‚

  99. thank you so much for your step by step information on installing pine plank floors. I have been searching to find someone that installed plank floors that are not tongue and groove, just regular pine plank. Thank You sooooo much!!

  100. hello my name is Tom and I am rebuilding my 600 square foot cottage that was damaged in hurricane sandy.
    I love your floors and I’m excited because last week I went into Home Depot and I found 1 by 6 by 2 foot planks for 65 cents apiece. right now I’m going back and forth on what types of screws I should put in my floor. I think I can solve the problem by saying that I love the way your floor looks and what type of screws do you use and then I could be done with it and move on with my project.

  101. Wow, such a cool idea… Way to think outside the box. One question, did you glue the planks down aswell? I’m just concerned about squeaking… I flip homes for a living so any idea of how to save but still give a quality product to my buyers is always needed… Nice work guys!

    • Gina Luker says:

      Thanks! No, we didn’t screw them down and we only have one board that squeaks – but it’s because one of the screws broke and I need to replace it. The rest of the whole house is squeak free πŸ™‚

  102. I love this, and thanks for continuing to take the time to answer questions! Wide floor plans have always had that sturdy farmhouse feel, to me.

  103. just stumble upon your flooring project hope your still enjoying it. It looks great very creative idea and what a super job you did.

  104. What type of poly sealer do you use? on your other post you wrote Helmspar..cant find that anywhere?? BTW LOVE LOVE LOVE the floors and im starting this project in a few days!

  105. I’ve been looking (and looking and looking!) at your pine floors and absolutely LOVE them! We want to do this in our home….anything to get rid of the carpeting. We have 3 dogs but I think doing this method will 1) save money 2) give the house a less formal feeling and 3) we can stain or whitewash it the color we want.

    With so many of your readers saying they too have done this, most of my concerns have been answered. I do wonder though about having to use pine from places like Lowes because we don’t have any places that sell locally harvested wood. (I’m in the Upper Midwest….it’s mostly flat lands here.)

    I’m SO inspired to do this to our house! Thanks for all the info and even for all the comments πŸ™‚

  106. Noveleen says:

    What would you do if you had a slab floor?

    • Gina Luker says:

      Honestly? I’m not really sure! I’d research how to put regular wood floors on a slab and then adjust the method.

  107. We just bought a house that was built in 1930. The flooring for a 12×13 room costed us $700. I would rather refinish the old wood floor but there are hundreds of screws. Is it possible to save this floor and my savings? I am so concerned with the screw holes. …

  108. I love this!!!!!! now I just need to convince hubby lol….one question do you think it would be hard to stagger the board so their ends don’t match on each row??? I know this comment is coming years after your post but thank you!!!!

    • Gina Luker says:

      Hey there! We staggered them by starting one row with a 4 ft piece and the next with an 8 ft – then 4, then 8 = staggered joints. Hope this helps!

  109. As we have a foundation slab and we been pricing and discussing flooring so I hear ya on that…this would be awesome idea. Pine is a soft wood and it has held up well after many years of normal wear? (Awesome if so) another question I had is aince we have a concrete (slab) would we be able to adhere it to the concrete or need a “spacer” between the wood and concrete?? Thanks in advance.

    • Gina Luker says:

      Hey Amanda,
      Yes, they still look great after years of wear. There is a little more wear in high traffic areas, but they look better aged (in my opinion). If I were you, I’d put down plywood to the concrete, then apply the boards on top. I think spacers might make them bow a little over time.

      Hope this helps!

  110. Love the look! How long did it take from start to finish to complete this project?

    • Gina Luker says:

      It took about three days – one to lay and stain – the second day in the morning we put on the first coat of poly, a few hours later did the second coat and the third before bed. We let it dry about 24 hours before reloading the room.

  111. I may have missed it but did you start in the center of the room and work your way out?

    • Gina Luker says:

      We started on one wall and worked our way across the room. You could do it either way, though πŸ™‚

  112. Hi Gina, what do you think about 1×8 or larger boards?

    • Gina Luker says:

      I wouldn’t do above a 1×6 for fear of cupping, but others have said they did and love them.

  113. Elizabeth Peck says:

    Beautiful Floors! Not sure if this question was asked/answered yet… Did you sand the planks before installing them? Did you sand between stain and/or poly coats?

    • Gina Luker says:

      I sanded before, but didn’t sand in between. I have done that on furniture before if the grain felt lifted, but we never really seem to have an issue with the floors for some reason. Good to keep in mind, though!

  114. stephanie wesztergom says:

    Hey! So, um, I really like this and the kinda thinkin outta the box use of alternative materials…. anyway, roughly, what is the price per sq foot for using these pine planks? How have they held up with “normal” wear and tear?
    Thanks mucho for replies

    • stephanie wesztergom says:

      UHH. So Sowwy! never-mind. AHEM,
      followed the link to the OTHER wood floor post and found the $$ info. SWEET!

  115. How long did it take for the poly to dry? Our house is so small we literally can’t avoid walking in any room so we can’t spare any downtime if you know what I mean. Thanks.

    • Gina Luker says:

      We let it dry 48 hours before walking on it – but in some rooms we had to strategically do it in 2 parts so we had tiny pathways to get to other areas. hope that makes sense!

  116. Love the floors and everything aqua πŸ™‚ We also live in a mobile home and nothing is easy to work on in these things but this is our forever home too so we are changing things as we go. Thank you for sharing. We will be trying this.

  117. I’m building a cabin in northern Montana and was thinking of doing this exact same thing. Everyone was telling me Pine was to soft but I think the scuffs will add character. I’m also going for the rustic cabin look and the stain is spot on what I want as well. Any tips and suggestions for me. Thanks in advance.

    Joe

  118. Barbara says:

    I love the floors and your site. I am thinking about doing this in my mobile home. Did you have to level your subfloors? Mine have some dips and hills and I have only seen using asphalt shingles for leveling the subfloor. Do you have any other suggestions? Thank you!

  119. Kat Lev says:

    OMG. Thank you SO VERY much! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for and straight forward.

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