It has been over a year since we started laying our wide pine floors in Tucker’s room and our master bedroom so I thought it was about time to post about installing them ourselves:). Jason and I loved the idea of adding hardwood floors to our old farmhouse to give it more character and have it be more kid friendly than the dirty white carpet that was here to begin with. We especially love the look of wide pine floors. We have toured many a Pennsylvania farm house with original ones and they are just gorgeous!!! However, hardwood floors can be really expensive especially wide width ones! We found some 8″ wide white pine floors and 6″ wide white pine floors from lumber liquidators that were under $2 a square foot.
DIY – Unfinished Wide Pine Floors & a Review
Because these floor boards are white pine they are a softer wood than oak or heart pine would be. So it’s a little easier to mark up the floors when moving furniture but we were OK with that because we wanted the floors to look like they had been here a while. We first used these floors when we gutted out laundry room soon after we moved in and after over a year with them we were very happy with how they held up.
Here is what the floors looked like upstairs when we moved in, ugly carpet.
1) Jason and I cut up the carpet and padding and rolled them up to be put in the trash. We then pulled up all the staples and vacuumed the plywood floors.
We bribed the kids with pizza for dinner if they helped us pull up all the staples:). Free pizza anyone??? Jason took off the baseboard molding and I vacuumed up all the mess.
Jason and I couldn’t believe how much bigger Moose has grown this year!!!
2) After bringing in the pine flooring a week to adjust to the temperature of the house we laid down an underlayment (we used tar paper) and and started laying down the pine flooring.
Jason even bought a floor stapler to help with the job (my husband really needs no excuse to “buy” tools:). In the end it was cheaper to buy a stapler rather than renting one because we worked on the floors over the course of many weekends and part of Christmas break and we still have more rooms we want to add new flooring too:). We did cut out any large knots we saw so it wouldn’t look too rustic.
3) Jason face nailed all the boards to give them some more character, give them an older look, and prevent cupping.
4) Once the pine flooring was down we wood putty-ed some of the knots to fill in a few of the holes and rough patches in the wood.
5) Then came the messy job of sanding all the wood. Usually you would use a floor sander rented from lowes or home depot. We actually used our orbital palm sander for to save a trip and save money…just took a bit longer ;). There was dust EVERYWHERE.
6) We stained the floors using some throw away foam brushes.
We used “Summer Oak” Wood Stain and Satin Polyurethane both made by Rust-Oleum…
7) We added 4 coats of polyurethane. I wanted the floors to be really smooth and shiny:). And they are!!!
Here is the wide pine floors in our master bedroom…
And Tucker’s Room
I am not going to lie…this was a ton of work but in the end we are really happy with how they turned out and we saved a lot of money that we can use to help redo more rooms in our old house:). What do you guys think?
Don’t forget to pin our Unfinished Wide Pine Floors!!!
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