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DIY Pine Floors

DIY Pine Floors

Visitors to Danelle Harvey and Deborah McCoy’s former home and readers of their blog, formerly known as House on Winchester but now called Deb and Danelle, would often ask about the house’s wood flooring. While many assumed it was original to the home, Danelle and Deborah actually laid down every plank themselves. They used simple #2 pine boards, which have scattered knotholes in them and are ideal for creating a rustic look. For anyone wanting to install pine flooring like this, Danelle offers these hints:

• To ensure that the project is a success, head to your local lumberyard (rather than a big-box store) and ask for the newest boards they have available. Install them as soon as you can after purchasing.
• Use an adhesive on the underside of each board and also nail them in so they stay put.
• “Beat them up” with chains, hammers and crowbars before applying three coats of fast-drying polyurethane made specifically for floors.

By DIYing their floors, Danelle and Deborah spent less than $4,000 to install roughly 2,500 square feet of brand-new flooring.

You’ll find more of Danelle and Deborah’s former home in the Autumn 2019 issue of Farmhouse Style.

For more farmhouse flooring ideas, check out the article “Fabulous Farmhouse Floors” in the Spring 2021 issue of Farmhouse Style, available on newsstands now.

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