Affordable DIY Plywood Flooring Project

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  1. This is beautiful! I had been wondering about using plywood as my living room flooring (to start!) but had no clue what questions to ask… this answered most of them. I know my subflooring will need repairs so that will be done first… and then the upper layer of plywood on top. I’ve got two dogs and this carpeting has got. to. go! Then, when it comes time to paint, it will just be a matter of matching the color to the mud they track in… LOL

    Thank you for sharing another great remodel!

  2. I know this was posted awhile ago but thought I’d reply anyway. We lived in a hundred year old house. We had ugly brownish shag carpet that was probably 60 years old! My husband didn’t want to pull up the particle board flooring that was under it for fear there might be a big hole or something that we couldn’t afford to fix, so we drew lines on it using a 2×2 it and routed out those lines like planks and painted it all black using rust oleum painters touch in semi gloss black. It looked gorgeous and people thought it was planked flooring! It saved us a bucket load of money and took a beating from our 8 grandchildren and kept looking great! It got a few nicks but all we did was touch up the nick and you couldn’t even tell! I’ll try to post a pic. We live in a mobile home now, which we totally love and have done lots of improvements too! I just wanted to share what we did in case someone wanted another way to do it without ripping it into individual planks.

    1. Hey Pam!

      I would LOVE to see your floors! It sounds genius!

      I just started a Facebook group called Mobile Home Living: Remodels and Repairs where anyone can post images of remodels and get advice and help with issues. I have a FB page but it isn’t easy for others to post on. Could you post it on there and then I can add it as a flooring idea for a future article.

      Thank you!

  3. A great article and filled with some great ideals. The end results shows what creative thinking and the willingness to “step outside ” the box when remodeling with give you – a beautiful home. With so many new home remodeling products coming to market each year – we remodelers are only limited by our imaginations on how to use them – great job homeowners.

      1. You are always my GO -TO- PLACE for knowledge and ideas how to make our home more enjoyable and functional. I advises my neighbors to view MHL for ideas for their kitchen remodel and they got plenty. Myself and another neighbor will be doing the remodel for them starting in mid-January. For some silly reason they wanted a fully functional kitchen for the holidays. I will document the entire remodel for your consideration to post.

      2. Thank you, Chuck!

        I hope your neighbors know just how lucky they are to have such a kind and talented cabinet maker as you living beside them. Lucky, lucky people! (You want to move to Oak Hill, WV for a summer? My mobile home needs a new kitchen, too!) Take lots of pics for me! Thank you!!

  4. Looks gorgeous! I’m a bit confused, it says nail in to joist only and around the perimeter but what about everywhere else? Each piece of plank should be nailed down in my opinion? When it says joist is that the same as the marriage line?

    1. Hi Eva!

      I know I didn’t explain that very well. Apologies! So, if your joists are going left to right your flooring/planks will be going up and down (90 degrees from the joists). Your crosswise joists will have lengthwise flooring. The end of one plank will meet the new plank on top of the joists so each joist will be nailed at each end and in the middle if needed. It’s not the end of the world if you miss a joist but every effort should be made to get all the nails in joists to keep the flooring from squeaking and reduce the number of holes in the subfloor (which can create air leaks).

      The perimeter of the room may or may not have a ‘lip’ around it but if you are installing new subfloors it’s usually necessary to add a 2×4 or 2×6 around the perimeter of the room (under the wall) to give the subfloor something to lay on and be nailed into. Ideally, you’ll straddle the planks over the marriage line.