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 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 StainStick 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.
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 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.*