We get asked all of the time about our wood floors. People that see them in person think they are original to the house. I have a post up about them already, but it’s included in with the entryway remodel. So, I thought I would write a post specifically regarding our inexpensive wood flooring using pine boards and give you tips and tricks. Because, after all, I think this idea is worthy of its own post. ????
Yep! We used regular old #2 pine boards pictured above. They are the same pine boards that Mr. and Mrs Crafty Pants make shelves and craft items from. The #2 means they come with a few knot holes which is perfect if you want a rustic looking floor.
Some people are very hesitant to use pine boards as flooring because pine is a very soft wood. I wanted to clear it all up and answer the most common questions we get asked.
*Do you still like them after years of use?
YES. First off, I think they are gorgeous and we both love them. They truly do look like they are original to our house built in 1945. They add a rustic touch to a room and can be used in basically any type of decor style. We installed them in our previous home, which we lived in for several years, and still loved them when we sold.
*Do they scratch easily?
If I were to take a sharp tool and scratch the surface of our flooring, yes, it would scratch. If I were to slide a heavy piece of furniture across the floor without using sliders, yes, it would scratch. But what flooring wouldn’t? We have found that regular, every day use does not scratch this flooring if you use the correct finishing products.
*Will my dog’s nails scratch the floor?
We have a 60 pound dog and her nails don’t scratch the floor. BUT, we also, don’t allow her to tear around the house 100 mph, either. If she starts getting a wild hair, we let her outside to do that type of running. We also have area rugs and runners in every room which also protect them.
*Are pine boards difficult to install as flooring?
They are super, duper easy to install. We can add ceramic tile and several different types of laminate wood flooring to our resumes. We’ve done both of those projects, several times. This, BY FAR, is the easiest flooring we have done. Since the boards are 3/4″ thick, it hides a multitude of problems in sub-flooring, etc. Basically, you cut the boards down to the length you need and install it right over the sub-flooring.
*Can you use this on a house with a slab foundation?
This is a question that I cannot answer. I added it to this post because it is one we get asked quite frequently. You obviously wouldn’t be nailing the boards down, but I have no clue if there is any type of vapor barrier or glue that would work. I would talk to a contractor about that before attempting to install this on a slab foundation.
*How do you clean this type of flooring?
We use a little Murphy’s Oil Soap in our water and a damp mop. That does the trick.
*How much does it cost?
They look very expensive! That’s why I love them. But they are actually just the opposite. I believe we installed around 2500 square feet in this house and it cost us under $4,000. That is for all of the supplies, nails, and refinishing products.
You don’t just want to buy any old #2 pine board and throw them down. I LOVE Menards and Lowes for LOTS of different reasons, but their #2 pine boards is not one of them. ???? They actually suck pretty bad. I give them two thumbs down in that department. It’s only because they receive big shipments of wood to their stores and basically store them in little bins which can cause them to warp, dry out, and crack. You don’t want that. Trust me!
If you are going to use pine boards as flooring, you will want to get them from your local lumber yard. They have the best #2 pine boards ever, that are really better than the big box stores “best” wood. I had our lumber yard order them special for us because we needed such a large quantity AND we wanted newer boards. Newer boards are a lot more pliable and you will soon learn and appreciate that fact. ???? They gave us a fabulous deal because we ordered such a large quantity, too.
This isn’t our first trip on the merry-go-round!!!
We’ve installed pine boards as flooring several times in different homes. We are, by no means, experts on it, but I would say we are “experienced”. We’ve learned different tricks from each project installing these pine boards as flooring and I thought I would share some of them with you. Basically, I’ve learned a lot over my 150 years of being alive!
We took scrap pieces of our pine boards and tried several different colors of stain. The color we loved the most was Provincial, by Minwax. It has the perfect amount of warmth and is not too dark. The colors will all look different in your home due to different lighting, etc. Therefore, I suggest you do the same thing. Purchase the little sample sized cans of a few different colors and stain individual boards and see what they look like in your room. You don’t want to get this far and then despise the color you choose.
We also used three coats of polyurethane specifically for floors that I swear by. It dries really fast and holds up really well. We used a Satin sheen, because in my opinion, it’s the best for flooring.
Oh…. and this is the poly that we used on our wooden bathroom vanity top, too. We used three coats and have no issues, whatsoever, with water marks.
Woooooohoooooo. That was a long post!
BUT, I really hope it helps you out and I answered any questions that you may have if you are thinking about installing pine boards as flooring. Please reply in the comment section if you have any other questions that I didn’t cover. I would be happy to answer them for you. We learned all of this by trial and error.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I pledge my love to all of my readers.
Buh bye now, said in an old lady’s voice that is just tired from reminiscing about installing our floor.