Next to your walls, the floor covers more square footage than any other place in your room. (Other than the ceiling, of course!) So paying attention to renewing your floors can make a huge difference in your decor. One of the biggest issues a small house can have are mismatched floors between rooms causing a disjointed look. Flooring that flows from room to room can visually expand the space. But let’s face it, paying a contractor to replace all your flooring can be as expensive as your kid’s first year in college! Try these DIY flooring ideas in one room, or in your whole house to make a personal stamp, save bucks, and refresh your space!
DIY Flooring Ideas
DIY Wood Floors
DIY Wood Flooring with Pine Planks
These DIY wood floors by Gina from ‘Shabby Creek Cottage‘ replaced the flooring in her whole home, room by room. Using 1×8 pine planks, they have a complete tutorial with photos. LOVE!
DIY Plywood Flooring
‘The Other Side of Neutral‘ made these wide plank DIY floors, from plywood! There is a tutorial with all the step by steps on how it’s done, including her finishing techniques. I love the way this project turned out, I wonder how it might look with a darker wash as a finish? Nope, nvm. Perfect as it is!
DIY Hardwood Flooring Using End Grain
From ‘Design Sponge‘ by ‘Cartolina’ is an end grain block wood DIY flooring project. This is a project that uses slices of lumber placed grain side up, which makes for a really interesting texture.
How to Paint a Floor
How to Paint a Cement Floor
Jump on over to ‘A Beautiful Mess’ and find out how they made their own stencils, and then painted over their ugly concrete floors. This is a gorgeous DIY flooring project! They show you exactly how to make the stencils, and how to prep and paint the floor as well. Lots of step by step photos.
Faux Cement Tile Floor
From ‘Bright Green Door‘, learn how to paint over a tile floor! The amazing detail that makes this floor… well, amazing? It’s done right over ugly existing ceramic tile, and now looks like modern cement tile! They simply used a stencil, and then painted the floor. Voila! Charm!
Got nothing but a plywood subfloor, and can’t afford to cover it? Paint it! ‘Suburban Rustic’ painted their ugly, base of subfloor to look like gorgeous wood planks! It’s paint people, seriously. Awesome cheap flooring idea. Check out the tutorial.
How to Paint Wood Floor Planks
These blue DIY floors from ‘Design Sponge‘ are pretty cool, because each plank is a variation of color. Not having the whole floor the same shade of blue makes it way more interesting. Check out how they did it!
Painted Plywood Floor
‘The Stony Brook House‘ did another version of a painted plywood floor. She takes you through the whole project, right down to exactly what paint products she used. So much better than stained carpeting!
DIY Radiant Floor Heating
A great way to add value to your home is to add radiant floor heating. It’s environmentally conscious, efficient, and a really awesomely luxurious way to heat your home! You can do it yourself, but you need to plan ahead for when you are replacing flooring. Courtney at ‘Creekline House’ shows us how to DIY radiant floor heating with all the installation instructions, and her favorite heating system to order. Next time you plan to retile the bathroom, consider this upgrade!
DIY Laminate Flooring
Learn how to install DIY Laminate flooring from ‘The Gathered Home.’ Laminate flooring comes in so many patterns and options these days, from wood and stone looks, to graphic tile designs. Easy and cheap flooring idea for a busy household!
Cheap DIY Floor Ideas
DIY Concrete Floor
This DIY concrete floor from ‘Design Mom’ was a cheap way to cover plywood subfloor, and it looks so “modern” awesome!
DIY Floor with Stones
You know those amazing pebble floors you see in bathrooms of really expensive “Parade of Homes” type houses? Well ‘Something from Nothing‘ made their own for their shower floor, DIY! And it was pretty cheap. There is no reason why you couldn’t use this somewhere other than a shower… Really creative project!
So now that you have some projects to get started on with DIY flooring ideas, think about other places in the home you can update! Try our posts on How to Reupholster Anything, and Tiny Bath Makeovers! Then jump on over to Patio Floor Ideas over at TGG!Image Credits: The Other Side of Neautral, Shabby Creek Cottage, Design Sponge, Ottesjo, A Beautiful Mess, Bright Green Door, Suburban Rustic, Design Sponge, The Stony Brook House, The Gathered Home, Design Mom, Something from Nothing
Is there a tutorial or any instructions out there for installing the “grain-side-up 2 x 4” flooring? I think I’d like to tackle it, but have done anything like this before. Anyone?
I’m almost finished this project. What would you like to know?
Everything, lol. I’ve heard this doesn’t hold up if using regular ol pine 2x4s, that a hardwood is needed. What’s your thoughts?
These are very inspiring floors. Thanks for featuring our pebble shower. Still looks and feels great.
We are seeing pebble showers in all the Parade of Homes… so it was great that you have such a DIY project for it! Thanks for sharing with everyone!
Those are some seriously talented people. I love the different blue planked floor.