Plywood1I posted this picture from the DIY Dork blog on Facebook and asked people to guess the wood type. It’s a fun game when you’re the only one with the answer!

No one got it right, not even my father who has flipped houses since before I was born.

The amazing floor is strips of plywood (yes, plywood).

It may be inexpensive, but you don’t have to tell a soul. No one will ever know.

You will need some time and a lot of determination, but you can save thousands of dollars.

Kevin the DIY Dork and his wife ended up paying about  $1,093 for 1,500 square feet … so roughly $.72/sq. ft.

Pergo at Home Depot is listed on the website at around $2.50/sq. ft.

The couple is renovating a barn and laid this floor throughout every room but the kitchen and bath.

“Looked really nice and it was kind of that whole distressed beachy relaxed look we were going for.”

They worked quickly to replace the old carpet covered in cat hair.

Barn“It had the worst carpet that I had ever seen.”

All of their hard work definitely paid off.

“It’s time consuming and it’s a lot of sweat equity, but it’s really about as simple as you can get.”

I’m not going to go into too much detail on how it’s done because no describes it better and in more detail than the DIY Dork.

Basically, he went to Menard’s and shuffled through piles of plywood to create his own pile of the best 50 sheets… $16 a piece after a discount.

“I was the crazy guy at the store looking through all of the plywood.”

So, let’s get real here. If you have the same skill set as I do (zero) you probably don’t have the right tools either.

I did a quick Google search and figured out that renting the tools isn’t as expensive as first thought.

Kevin used a sander like one of these at Home Depot. You can rent one for about $50 per day.



“First thing I did was I sanded the sheets.”

Kevin used 80 grit sandpaper. Cutting it was a much bigger chore.

“That was probably a full day and a half.”

He used a table saw to cut eight inch strips. A table saw rental at Home Depot is roughly $38 per day.

“It’s just a running pattern. Just but one end to the other and when you get to a wall you just cut it off at that length and then you use the leftover piece to start the next run.”

Click play below to hear the DIY Dork describe how he likes the floor now.



It was really loud and created a mountain of saw dust, so you’ll need to take that into consideration if you have neighbors close-by.

You’ll also need to do some work on the finish, like stain or whitewash.

“Any time you apply finish to pine it turns really yellow… like inside of a country cabin.”

Kevin made his own whitewash with leftover wall paint and added one part water, two parts paint.


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“Once we applied the polyurethane it darkened up more and got more of a wood color.”

One important tip… the color gets darker after the polyurethane coat on top dries.

To secure the wood, it depends on your existing floor. You’ll need glue, nails or both.

You know another cool idea? Stencil it! Or maybe change-up the pattern with squares.

I don’t know if I have enough guts to pull the trigger on the entire home. I may try a closet first. I need to see it and stomp on it.

Check out the first of a series of tutorial videos. Find the rest of the videos, including a one year update on how they held up, on the DIY Dork blog.

Here’s the first of six videos to give you an idea of what to expect.