What are some of the biggest money suckers when updating a house? Flooring is usually one of them. Especially when you’re on a budget. We had a choice: we could redo all the floors right away and…that’s it…or we could have beautiful painted walls and have money for extra things like faucets and cabinet knobs. I chose the latter. So then I had to start thinking about inexpensive ways to have an attractive floor until we could fit new floors into the budget.

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Unless, of course, I kept this super amazing carpet in…haha not…

We were out to lunch one day when I asked Titus what was underneath carpet. I didn’t even know there was plywood under carpet. As you can see I’m pretty naive but I’ve been quickly learning! I didn’t even know it was a thing to stain or paint plywood and make it the main floor until I started reading up about it. I thought I was a genius but it’s been done before. That happens a lot 😉

My inspiration for my whole house is Country French, a little glam and a little rustic. After scouring the internet and magazines for inspiration, I found a common theme throughout the floors: rustic,”dinged”, and full of character. I loved the imperfect look of the photos below, but I knew I wanted a dark stain. Unless the plywood was in totally bad shape or the carpet was glued down, I didn’t see how it couldn’t work.


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To my relief the carpet wasn’t glued, just stapled, and the plywood was fine!

Now the hard work can begin!

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Not too shabby!
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We did a preview of the stain above to see how it would look and I was getting giddy with excitement! diy stained plywood flooring

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close up of floor

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Isn’t it lovely? It turned out so well! The white on the floor is not part of it, just dust from the bathroom being tracked everywhere…whole ‘nother story…

The Good:
*Pretty easy
*Color is customizable
*Beautiful, interim flooring

The Bad:
*If you have lots of uneven coloring you will have to sand it all down
*Stains already on the plywood will not disappear, but will be brought out more

I’m so glad that we did this. The pros outweigh the cons. It is a beautiful, inexpensive floor that is wayyy better than the carpet and I enjoy looking at it. I’m in no rush to replace it. If there are lots of stains on the plywood in the other rooms of the house I might try painting them. We’ll see! All in all, I’m satisfied.


before before

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  1. Renee

    November 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Wow,you are so creative! Looks so cozy

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