An Easy DIY Free Pallet Wood Floor Redo

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$1 to $25
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Because our pantry-in-progress had cheap and awful carpet, I created a unique, one of a kind floor using various pieces of 1x wood cut-off’s from a pallet rehabber. I collected these pieces of wood for free, purchasing only floor underlayment, polyurethane and other smaller supplies, bringing the total cost for this 60 square foot room of flooring to about $90. I made “grout” using fine sawdust and polyurethane to fill the gaps, sealed it all up, and voila, a custom floor!

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You Will Need...

  • pre-cut wood pieces from pallet rehabber
  • floor underlayment
  • fine sawdust
  • polyurethane
  • mineral spirits

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    First, collect the wood pieces.

  • Step 2

    Trim up and fill all the small leftover areas if needed.

  • Step 3

    Lay down floor underlayment if you are going to use it. I stacked the pieces of wood in small piles in reverse order so as to not mess up the arrangement.

  • Step 4

    Nail down the pieces.

  • Step 5

    Grout the gaps using a mixture of sawdust and polyurethane. I also added mineral spirits to thin the mixture. I applied it using a plastic putty knife, the paint stirrer, and my hands. It was messy and time consuming. Look for the related grouting post on my blog!

  • Step 6

    Once dry, I had to scrape off the leftover crunchy clumps.

  • Step 7

    Seal the whole thing with several coats of polyurethane.

  • Step 8

    Final project!

  • Step 9

    Final project!


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