I'm new to these boards so please excuse the duplication.
My wife would like wide plank painted flooring in our daughter's rooms. What is a cost-effective way to do this?
Thanks for the advice, Larry
I don't think there's any problem with posting in both forums--I often suggest it to people who post here. I saw your posting over at Breaktime, but I'll give an answer here:
What if you put down plywood instead of planks? I experimented by putting down OSB and painting it to look like a big rug with a border and so on--Realtor who sold the house told me I'd have a hard time selling it that way, so I carpeted over it before I moved.
I would hate to paint almost any wood, but I hear that birch takes paint well. Luan plywood is relatively inexpensive. Maybe the best for paint would be hardboard (Masonite). I hear though that it is finished with wax at the factory and should be wiped down with mineral spirits before you paint it. I would make my first coat pigmented shellac (like Kilz or BIN) to seal it, then paint it with porch floor enamel.
Thanks for the advice. We've consider 24" plywood squares but I think that could make selling difficult.
Well, like I said, when you get ready to sell, there's always cheap carpet! But, in reality, you are probably better off to go with wide boards and paint them.