Did you ever have a time when you wish that you could snap your fingers and be able to be done with something immediately? I am super excited about the redo of this room! But, I know it’s going to be a ton of work–that’s the part I wish could be over in a snap. In my previous post, that you can read about here. I talked about creating a comfy, cozy farmhouse inspired guest room. I have been chomping at the bit to get it started. This has been a long time in the waiting and we finally were able to replace the flooring. Beforehand, the floor was plywood subfloor that I had painted. I painted the subfloor, because the previous brand new berber carpeting had nail polish spilled on it—aagghh!
The floor had been in this state for about 3 years and I thought that looking at painted subfloor wouldn’t bother me that much, but it did…a lot! But, not as much as the spotted carpet. Hint: Don’t let your teenage daughter convince you that she won’t spill nail polish on the floor, because it WILL happen eventually. I finally got tired of looking at the polish-splotched carpet and took it upon myself to rip the carpet out and paint the subfloor underneath.
I previously mentioned that we had wide planked plywood floors in our master bedroom. It has been such a successful and inexpensive choice in flooring, that we decided to do the same in the guest room. So, the first thing we had to do (of course) is clear out the room of furniture and take out all of the existing trim. Once we had the room cleared and the trim removed, it was time for a good vacuuming to completely clear tiny debris.
We used 15/32 pre-sanded pine plywood sheets that we bought at Home Depot.
Side note: We own a table saw, but when we replaced the floors in our master bedroom, it took us 2 hours to cut the sheets (6 total sheets) into planks. This time, we got Home Depot to pre-cut all of the sheets (12 in all) and it was TOTALLY worth it! The cut service that they offer is very reasonable and they have a panel saw which makes cutting plywood sheets a dream come true. The first 2 cuts are free and then only $.25 for the remaining cuts. And, best of all it took only 30 minutes. So, it cost us around $20 to save us well over 4 hours of time…sweet!
When we got the planks home, as we unloaded the planks we made 4 separate piles and took each plank and shuffled each in to a different pile. With plywood, if you don’t take this step, you may wind up having the same pattern next to each other. I definitely recommend taking this step, but if you decide not to, you need to really pay attention to the grain pattern when you place the planks together. If you don’t, there may be a chance that the grain will match up and look like it’s a piece of plywood instead of planked flooring. Once we separated the planks we started laying the planks over the subfloor.
We used 1-1/2 inch (18 gauge) nails in our nail gun and nailed the planks at both ends and at two equally spaced places between each end. At each point where we nailed, we put 3 nails along the width of the plank.
Yes, you can see the holes (barely once the floor is stained) but I think it lends to the overall rustic, farmhouse feel. I don’t mind them one bit, and others who have seen our master bedroom floor either #1 don’t notice the holes or #2 if they do notice them, they love them.
After we put down the entire floor, I lightly (and I mean lightly) sanded the floor with a 220 grit sandpaper, then I vacuumed to remove all of the debris from sanding. It took about 6 hours to lay the entire floor down, with breaks for us in between. Like I said before, the pre-cut planks were a definite time-saver for sure!
Now, normally, we would have stained the floor. However, the staining and poly drying time would have eaten up our scheduled time off. So, we opted to work a bit in reverse. Since hubs and I only had 3 days off, we knew in order to get as much done as possible, we had to put the trim in place first (minus the quarter round). It took us the remainder of the first day and until around 10pm that night to complete the trim. We were able to stick to our timeline and finish what we wanted to complete in the first day…yipee!
The second day was the start of staining the floor. I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain. This stain is such a dark, rich color and is so pretty contrasted with the white trim. I started staining by using a brush because I was fearful of getting the stain on the trim. But, it was taking WAY too long. So, I trashed the brush and moved to a small foam roller…much better. I was still able to get close enough to the trim since we still had to install the quarter round. I knew that the quarter round would cover the small unstained portion of floor.
It took me about 1 hour to stain the entire floor, including the bathroom.
The next morning, I put down the first coat of poly. This allowed enough drying time to give the floor another light sanding. When you put the initial coat of poly on the floor, it raises the grain of the plywood quite noticeably. So, I used the same 220 grit sandpaper with a palm sander and was able to finish quickly. Once I finished and vacuumed again, and I applied the second coat of poly. In order to make sure your floors are as smooth as possible, it is vital not to skip this step.
Fast forward 2 weekends later, I began painting the trim we had installed. I painted the trim in Behr’s Marquee Ultra Pure White in a satin finish. We still have to install the quarter round trim, but we’ll have to tackle that at a later date. I was also able to get 2 coats of paint on the walls that will not have shiplap.
This little door is the entry in to a little storage area that I would eventually like to make into a small “cubby” or “hideout nook” for our son. Before it was just a plain plywood door (again, not used to blogging and pictures just yet—forgot the before picture), so I decided to trim it out for a farmhouse look.
It was definitely time consuming and, yes, I feel like I need a good spa visit. But, it was very worth it to see the progress in the room. There is something about working hard on something that you are proud of in the end. So, what do you think about our planked plywood floors and trim for our farmhouse inspired guest room? You can connect with me on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.
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