DIY Project: Floating Floors



We're so busy that there isn't even time to take photos, but you can see in-progress via instagram!

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  1. Hi Christina, I came to your page after seeing your kitchen redo @ DesignSponge. I have been looking at your projects. Wow! Pretty impressive .
    I was actually flirting with the idea if replacing a carpet in a room and install floating floors. How hard is it? Do you have some link to your process?

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    1. Margarita - my inspiration here was from several DIYs I found on plywood floors. I've linked one below. Our version was a little more upscale than most of the DIYs I'd seen - we chose to use a more expensive maple plywood because a lot of the pine plywood isn't as smooth, and would have taken forever to sand down enough to walk on it in bare feet!

      The floor between our kitchen and mudroom has a curve on it, making it nearly impossible to use wood boards. So this was a perfect meet-in-the-middle. We purchased 1/4" sheets of maple plywood and ripped them into 6" x 8' boards. After sanding the edges, we nailed them straight into the linoleum on an offset pattern (it was flatter than the boards below it, and because the boards were only 1/4" thick it wasn't a huge difference). After they were nailed I whitewashed them, followed by 3 coats of water-based polyurethane (they get much less "white" after you coat them with 3 coats of poly so I suggest making a few test boards!).

      All in all, I think they look great for only spending a couple hundred dollars altogether. If my floors were 100% flat, I would have loved to buy thicker boards (maybe 3/4"), but I think this project was a complete success, and was a great workaround for our curved floor!

      http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2014/03/diy-wide-plank-floors-made-from-plywood.html

      http://www.picklee.com/2012/12/12/farmhouse-wide-plank-floor-made-from-plywood-diy/

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    2. Hi Christine. I have a small kitchen with vinyl tile floors at present. The layer below the vinyl floor seems to be concrete or something similar to that. Do you think your process will work for my situation? Thanks for your help!
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    3. That I'm not sure about. We were able to nail our boards through the linoleum and into the subfloor below. With concrete underneath you will most likely need to find another alternative! Personally I love sealed concrete floors but I can understand in a kitchen you may want something warmer!

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  2. sorry - I meant to type Christina! :P
    PC

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