DIY Plywood Plank Floors

February 27th, 2014

One of the many things I love about blogging is connecting with people from all across the globe, and I really love hearing from those knee deep in their own renovations and reading about their innovative home improvement solutions. Last week, Courtney from New Zealand sent me pictures of her DIY plywood floors and I was so impressed with her resourceful approach I asked that she share the details of how she achieved this look on a budget so I could share it with you!

graywash plywood floors

 

First, here is a little background on the project from Courtney:

“I am a full-time mother of one (currently), wife, and homemaker.  My husband, son, and I live on a farmlet in the foothills of the Southern Alps near Christchurch in New Zealand, complete with animals and an ever-expanding potager garden.

In addition to living a semi-rural lifestyle, we are in the process of updating our home, a grand circa-1905 Edwardian villa. We’re no strangers to DIY; however, most of our projects here have been borne out of necessity because of the unique proportions (8-foot windows, arched windows, high ceilings, lack of closets, etc.) throughout. As we are starting family life and live in the country, an easy-living and "not-too-precious" attitude toward our furnishings sees me sewing curtains and blinds, painting secondhand furniture, and curating an eclectic collection of home goods compatible with dirt, little hands, and the occasional spill.

The "craft room" (as it’s known) inspiration came as a result of all of these things: we wanted a space for sewing, painting, and letting the littlies experiment without worry. I loved the driftwood look, and the vinyl equivalent in my area was around $140.00/square meter, or nearly $13 per square foot – definitely out of the budget. 

The beautiful plywood floors I saw on Pinterest and beyond convinced me this was the flooring solution for us, and after searching for a tutorial on how to DIY the driftwood look, I found none. So, I gave it a go with some paints I had on hand, and even surprised myself with how well it turned out!” 

gray painted plywood floors

 

Materials: C/D grade ½” pine plywood (we looked for sheets that had lots of knots, minor cracks and other “character” on the D side); 16-gauge 2” nails; 100-grit sandpaper and cork sanding block; 2:2:1 wash with white or off-white chalk paint, water, and light grey paint (optional); large paint brush; black oil-based enamel paint; turpentine; foam brush; flooring top coat (wax, polyurethane, etc.); face mask for dust and fumes; knee pads. 

Tools: 16-gauge finish nailer; table saw; circular saw; random orbital sander (with 240-grit pads); mitre saw for cutting planks to length/angle cuts (optional).

plywood plank flooring

 

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Pattern Files: Geometric Tile Floors

February 25th, 2014

Now that the Color Series is over, I thought I’d start a new series on the use of pattern in home design. I notice pattern everywhere I go from the mosaic tile floors of historic buildings to home accessories in botanicals and geometrics motifs, and of course in the abundance of textiles around the world from past and present.

Geometrics are all the rage in interior design and installing a graphic tile pattern on the floor makes a dramatic style statement. There are countless options available in ceramic, mosaic, porcelain, marble, stone, and cement for those who seek a graphic pattern. The bonus of an intricate geometric tile floor is the lack of any necessity for a large area rug since the floor takes the spotlight.

Yesterday I pinned this image, a great example of transitional design including warm wood tones and traditional shapes paired with contemporary chrome finishes, but it was that gorgeous bathroom floor that really caught my eye. The classic black and white checkerboard floor will never go out of style, but this is a fresh spin with a circular motif on a smaller scale.

black and white tile floor in bathroom

new york times

Tile is durable, waterproof, and cooler to the touch than other flooring surfaces, which is especially nice in summer when you live in warm weather climates. Like wood, tile floors harbor less dust compared to carpet and are beneficial to those sensitive to allergens. It can be very cold in winter but enter radiant heat, the best modern invention ever for the tile loving home owner!

If you’ve ever considered a bold statement such as this, here are a few more examples to tempt you.

geometric mosaic tile entry

carden cunietti

 

aqua walls tile floor housetohome

house to home

 

geometric tile floor skona hem

 skona hem

  

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Tailored Touches to the Master

February 24th, 2014

One of the biggest luxuries for Matt and me is sleeping past 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. Monday through Saturday it’s go-go-go but Sundays we delight in those extra minutes of repose. In the baby years the idea of both of us sleeping in was completely unheard of, it was always a crying baby or eager toddler or bouncing adolescent demanding what they needed immediately at that moment no time to wait or “waaaaaah”, and so like most parents we had to take turns. Now we don’t have to anymore and we love it. Parents of youngsters know this, it will happen someday for you too.

Our kids, now 8 and 10, totally get that Mom and Dad do NOT want to be disturbed until the clock ticks past 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Which means fetch your own bowl of cereal. And which means we’re always late getting to church (yes, we are that family) but it’s a luxury we won’t deny ourselves even with the daylight is streaming through the windows reminding us that life’s obligations await.

lamp and flowers on nightstand

Last Friday I took a trip to HomeGoods in search of a new set of plain white sheets, nothing fancy, I found a set by Ralph Lauren, brought them home washed them and made the bed with them. Perfect.

I also visited HG at the chance I might find a patterned quilt or a pair of lamps to upgrade what we have in our master bedroom. As we all know, HomeGoods is a dangerous place for a decorating obsessed but on a budget place for a gal to be. I left with a few lamps to try out.

home goods lamps

The first crystal lamp was too traditional and I didn’t care for the shape and it weighed 4,567,895 pounds. I knew if a bouncing kid or a clumsy me knocked it over someone might die, or be knocked out cold. The blingy mercury glass jug on the right was nice but too shimmery next to the other accessories and took up too much space and I didn’t like the cord coming out of the top or the cork peeping out (which could of course be painted) but they were both not quite right so they were both returned.

Then I passed by my daughter’s room like I do every day and saw her pale jade Target lamp and said to myself, “what if…”  and so I tried out her Target lamp on my nightstand and of course, of course her lamp was exactly what I was looking for. 

bedside lamp

 

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