Holy schnikes, a lot has changed in a year! Shark Tails turned one, I became a contributing author at Remodelaholic, and Matt lost even more hair. If I had to guesstimate, I would say he’s about 18 months from full on Sir Patrick Stewart status.
If you think that’s a dig, I can assure you it’s not. Professor X? More like Professor SEX, amirite?! To be compared to this legend is the greatest of honors and Matt should be flattered. Moving right along…
…it’s also been a year since I ripped up the carpet in our bedroom and laid plywood plank flooring. This has been hands down my
only most popular post to date and been shared a ton on Pinterest. I get a lots of questions and comments about the floors, many of which I had myself before I took the plunge.
I decided to round all the questions up here in a post for anyone who is considering doing these in their own house and interested on how they’ve held up. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I get about my foray in to plywood flooring:
Q: How do you clean them?
A: I clean them just as I do my other floors — I don’t! HAHAHAHAHA — relax I’m kidding. I clean them the same as I do my hardwoods. I vacuum them weekly, and use my Swiffer Sweeper with wet mop pads as needed. Every few months when I do a “deep” clean of the house, I full on mop them with Pine Sol. They are very easy to maintain.
Q: Does dirt and debris fall into the cracks?
A: Yup, absolutely! I have three dogs, but even if you don’t have pets, floor crumbs are going to find their way into the gaps between the planks. Vacuuming the floor takes care of this pretty quickly and efficiently. Also, there really isn’t a ton of stuff in the cracks on any given day anyways, they stay pretty clean considering I have three dogs. It may be all in my head, but these floors still feel 1,000x cleaner than the carpet ever did, no matter how often I vacuumed it.
Q: What kind of plywood did you use?
A: I used the cheapest grade (I think spruce?) at 3/8″ thickness.
Q: Do you think this would work if I painted the floors instead?
A: YES! And I think if they were painted (using floor paint) you would not have to spend so much time sanding them beforehand. If you search for painted plywood floors on Pinterest, there are lots of examples that look amazing! I am actually dabbling with the idea of putting down planks and painting them in our foyer/kitchen/laundry room area, so stay tuned!
Q: How are the floors holding up?
A: See for yourself!
They have held up amazingly well, even better than I had hoped. I can say with confidence that if you don’t have any pets, or even pets who are smaller and chill, you will not see one mark on these floors unless you’re dragging grand pianos around your house. There are a few digs and scratches in my floor from my dogs’ nails where they jump off the bed, but because I stained them so lightly and used a satin finish, you can’t see them unless you’re down on your hands and knees looking for them. You definitely can’t feel them with your feet.
Q: Is there anything you would do differently?
A: The only thing I can think of is that next time I would have Home Depot cut the boards into planks for me. I didn’t mind doing it myself, but I think if I’d had it done at the store they would have been much straighter, and installing them would have been easier.
Q: Would you do plywood floors again?
A: Yes, yes, 100% yes. They were the perfect solution for us and even though I had it in my mind that they would be “filler” floors to tide us over until we could afford hardwood, I can’t see us removing them anytime soon! They feel great, are easy to maintain, and they look really wonderful in the room.
So that’s it! I’m so thrilled with all the interest I’ve had over the past year in this project and it has definitely made one of the biggest impacts in our house to date. If you are considering plywood floors and have any questions that I didn’t answer, drop them in the comments!