Diy Plywood Plank Flooring With Black Lettering
A Flooring Story
This is such a complicated story I must think long and hard about which details will be useful and which ones will just be whining for this article. Weighing factors like cost, time involved, and energy levels began our foray into the world of flooring for our addition.
We ran into trouble after deciding to go with an LVP. I wanted wide planks, as in wide. Some early American homes had floor planks up to 42" wide. How beautiful they must have been, but I was willing to have 16" planks. No go, though, from a manufacturer.
There were the time and energy factors to consider. If we did any of it ourselves those would be sacrificed. Quality LVP looked sturdy, we knew it should go in fast so we could move on, putting our energies elsewhere.
The one thing we didn't consider was that installers can be, um, crafty. We've had mostly great installers for past projects, but the one sent out for this just wasn't. He clearly had never worked with the product even as he was declaring he had.
After the first day a representative came out and could not deny the multiple problems with the installation. After a spin on the entire matter we successfully ditched the contract, having learned that transparent honesty is a priority in any relationship. See the laughable results of the install attempt below:
Install FailClick thumbnail to view full-size
If we did it ourselves we could get those lovely 16" planks, but did we want to? Yeah, it turned out we would rather not deal with another installer at the time. Are we glad we did in spite of the extra time? Yep.
My husband chose a cabinet grade birch plywood and bought me a nice new pair of knee pads. We decided to work on the pantry as our trial run. We also had two closets in which we could practice what we learned from the pantry before doing the larger expanse.
The supply list was as follows:
• Enough felt roofing paper to cover the spaces.
• Enough plywood plus a couple extra sheets to cover the spaces.
• A saw for cutting planks (read up on the kind you'll want to use).
• A quality wood stapler with enough staples for your project (again, read up).
• Dark latex caulk for seams (if you want the look shown in our project).
• Enough flooring grade polyurethane for several coats after plywood is installed.
• Enough white paint to thin (1/4 paint to 3/4 water) and cover your plywood.
For the words:
Read up on various transfer methods. I reversed the words on a printer and transferred them using a water spray bottle to release the ink. Choose the lettering transfer method that will work best for you.
The photos below have helpful tips in the captions. By looking these over and reading other's processes you can get a good idea of how to go about your own project.
See Our Flooring Project in ProgressClick thumbnail to view full-size
One Big Tip
The truth is, we probably should have used a harder plywood and the finish has its imperfections, mainly because we are not experts. But it is also true that we are very happy with the end result and have enjoyed it. We live here and don't worry too much about it. Life has its dents. The finish will harden more with time. It could be refinished if need be, or carpeted if we decide it's not worth refinishing later on.
It is crucial to read as many of the posts on plywood plank flooring projects as you possibly can before you make decisions on your project. There are a few different methods out there. In spite of its drawbacks, this thing called the internet is tremendously helpful when so many people share their successes and fails with projects that initially give pause for thought.
Besides that, it is great fun to read and see all the amazing things people are doing with plywood. Just don't let those projects sidetrack you from yours. Read up, close the computer, go to work, enjoy your outcome. For any little quirks that will surely be in the finished product they will be your quirks that you can laugh about and even show off!