Wood floors are everywhere. The choices are endless as to finish & color. When we built our house, we wanted the kind of floor that you see in old homes. Rich thick wood - real wood! After looking around we found that this kind of flooring is very pricey and wasn't in the budget. And then we had an idea!
This is the stuff I'm talking about on our breezeway before it was painted a soft white.
We installed it ourselves nailing each board in the tongue and groove area. Then we sanded it with a hand held orbital sander. This took a while but we didn't want to tote one of the big ones up the stairs. Then, we finished it with two coats of polyeurethane. Easy! Except for the very large splinter that my husband got in his hand pushing in the last board. It required medical treatment. Really, it was that big. You don't want to see the picture.
Anyway, we finished off the floor with hand cut nails. These really made it look amazing. Ordered from the oldest nail manufacturer in the US, they are still made the way they were 100 years ago. We drilled pilot holes in the ends of each board, vacuumed, and then tapped the nails in. They add that special farmhouse charm that we were looking for. The slight distressing over the last 6 months has only made them better.
Total cost for 700 sq. ft.:
pine boards: $400
handcut nails: $200
medical copay: $30
grand total: $675
How's that for cheap & charming?
Go to other posts on farmhouse to see additional pictures of the floor.