Our DIY Pallet-Wood Floor Cost Only $100
I’m excited to have completed that floor at last, and I must say, I am proud of it. And myself. It was quite an undertaking indeed but I think all the hard work and effort paid off. I have yet to check it off my list but I’m looking forward to putting that pen to paper! Mike loves the floor, whew; he said, “it’s your greatest triumph in the house to date.” Nice compliment, huh? He’s the coolest.
|There’s that Lemon Curd. Pretty, isn’t it?|
After getting all the bitty bits and pieces in, I turned to the small step.
I had also been collecting thinner more slat-like pieces of wood and arranged them on the face and step.
|Still some tidbits need attending to here, but close to done is good.|
Next up, time for floor underlayment. The original floor under the cheap ratty un-vacuum-able carpet was a mix of OSB and old old floor boards that appeared as though they were part of a porch of some sort.
And with this flipper, who knows what the deal was. But because the floor would vary in temperature more than one would anticipate throughout the seasons, mainly because there’s a ginormous gaping vacuous area open below the floor, a layer of insulation was the right thing to do.
Thanks to my fine woodworking friend Scott too, I had a nice pile of very fine sawdust. I had also gotten some planer “dust” but it really was a bad bad choice, so avoid chunkier shavings-like stuff.
Mixed with mineral spirits as a thinner and the polyurethane, I had my “grout.” It was a complicated and messy venture, certainly slow going.
Not hard to do, mind you, just interminable if you’re a perfectionist like me. It required patience and perseverance, mainly I think because the spacings varied wildly and the wood pieces are not of equal thickness. Eventually (5+ hours later eventually), it was filled in and dried overnight.
The next day was ugly. I thought I had been tidy but clearly, ugh, I had not been. Sigh.
There were dried crunchy chunky messy bunches stuck all over the wood. Aw man, I was disappointed. And panicked.
After scraping and scraping and scraping which could have gone on forever, I had to just stop and seal the floor with the poly. I was nervous. Whooie, way nervous. What if the poly didn’t hide the scrapey mess?! What if all my hard work was for naught, ruined in one fell swoop of sawdust grout mess?!?!
So what does this mean for my blog? I’m not sure yet what direction this will go for the next four-ish months, so I hope you’ll continue to hang with me until December here and there until I’m fully back at my list, refreshed bank account and raring to go. Thanks very much for everything, everybody and hopefully I’ll be seeing you back here right soon!
Happy birthday to my dad today. And today would also have been Hailey’s 12th birthday. She is so missed.