DIY Rustic Farmhouse Wide Plank Plywood Flooring - a closeup of the distressing and Knots



The first place we did a farmhouse wide plank flooring made from plywood was in the dining room earlier in the year.

Now we’re doing the same wide plank flooring in the living room.

For the most part, both the floors were done the same way, with a couple of exceptions. In this article, we’ll cover what was different with the living room floor. You can see more of the step by step details check out the dining room plywood floor article.

The dining room’s wide plank flooring took about a week to finish, the living room took a lot longer. The space was a bit larger but mostly it was adding shims and the end grain flooring inlay that added a ton more time to the project.

From start to finish, it took a little over two weeks to finish the living room floor.

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What We Did Different With This Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring

Just about the same methods we used for both the flooring in the dining room and the living room.

In the living room, we pulled up the old carpet, removed staples, painted the sub-floor a dark color and put down the floor the same way.

The width, length and thickness of the plywood planks was the same, and we cut, sanded, distressed, stained and added 3 coats of polyurethane to the flooring in almost the same way.

Here are the things we did a bit differently.

We Didn’t Sand Between Polyurethane Coats

When we did the dining room floor, we lightly sanded the bumps out of the coat of polyurethane with 120 grit sand paper.

With the living room floors we figured that the bumps would even out a little after multiple coats of poly were applied.

Besides, the bumps would add a bit more texture making the floors less slippery.

The only concern I had was how it would feel walking barefoot on the floor with more texture. Turns out, despite clearly feeling the additional texture when running your hand on the plank, it was barely noticeable when walking on it barefoot.

The Shopping List

Tools List

Here’s a list of the tools we used on this project, it’s basically the same list of tools from the dining room flooring project.

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Cordless Finish Nailer

Extra Battery For Finish Nailer

Belt Sander

Palm Sander

Miter Saw

Circular Saw

Cross Cut Saw Blade

Oscillating Multi-Tool

Hearing Protection Ear Muffs

Table Saw

 

Supplies List

These are the supplies used on this project.

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Varathane Cherrywood Gel Stain – we used about 7 quarts

Water Based Oil-Modified Poluyrathane – we used 2 gallons

3″ Natural Bristle brush – 6 brushes to apply the stain

4″ Polyester Synthetic Brush – 4 brushes to apply the poly

Masking Paper – We used the masking paper to protect the deck when applying the stain and poly

6 Gauge 1 1/2″ Finish Nails

A New Character Builder Was Used

The same original cast of character builders were used with the living room floors, a hammer, pliers and a propane torch… and this time we added a utility knife to the arsenal.

For the dining room we would dig into crack in the wood using the sanders to open the cracks up and soften the edges.

This time we used a utility knife to lengthen and widen the cracks in the wood before softening the edges with the sander.

The result was even better than we imagined. The deep cracks we were able to make with the utility knife gave us the farmhouse wide plank flooring look we wanted.

You wouldn’t even guess that it was plywood.

 

DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor Finished - Close up of the Distressing Done With A Utility Knife

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We Added Shims

The living room floors were much more uneven then the floors in the dining room. To the point where we needed to add shims in the low spots to try and level things off a little.

I went around the floor with a straight edge, and where ever there was a dip, I added the shims.

Since I knew I needed a good amount of shims, I made them out of a sheet of 1/4″ plywood. I cut ripped the sheet into 1″ strips using the table saw.

Once the floor was shimmed, we painted the floor a dark brown color, just like we did in the dining room.

DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor Finished - Wood Strips Used To Fill The Low Spots
DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor Finished - Starting The Plywood Flooring Install

The Living Room Plywood Floor Is Finished!

Like I said, the living room floor took much longer to do than the dining room floor did. It took a little over two weeks to finish, had I not messed up with the wood slice accent flooring, we would have finished in about 2 weeks.

Check out the wood slice accent flooring project here

We love the farmhouse wide plank flooring in both the dining room and the living room. This style was the perfect fit for this house, we couldn’t have imagined a better fit.

Between the two floors, I’d say I’d stick to the steps used on the living room floor.

Sanding between poly coats seems to have been unnecessary, and using the utility knife to expand on the cracks in the wood added sooo much more character to the living room floor – LOVE IT!

Here’s a few more pictures of the stained plywood floors in the living room floor.

Let me know what you think, is there something you would have done different?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!



DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor Finished - Close up of the Distressing
DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - Close up of The Plywood Floor In The Living Room By The Wood Accent
DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor Finished - Finished Plywood Floor Seen From The Stairs
DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor In The Living Room By The Wood Accent
DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor Finished
DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor Finished - Another Close up of the Distressing
DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor Finished - Seen From The Corner Of The Fireplace
DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood - The Plywood Floor Finished By The Fireplace
DIY Farmhouse Wide Plank Flooring Made From Plywood

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