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!
Step 1First, collect the wood pieces.
Step 2Trim up and fill all the small leftover areas if needed.
Step 3Lay 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 4Nail down the pieces.
Step 5Grout 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 6Once dry, I had to scrape off the leftover crunchy clumps.
Step 7Seal the whole thing with several coats of polyurethane.
Step 8Final project!
Step 9Final project!