Easy DIY Flooring Ideas and Projects

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!



Easy DIY Flooring Ideas and Projects


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.



DIY Floors


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!


Painted Subfloor

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!

Easy DIY Flooring Ideas and Projects

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
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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Kathy Gruszecki
    August 27, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    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?

    • Diane
      October 31, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      I’m almost finished this project. What would you like to know?

      • Shela
        February 17, 2017 / 1:21 pm

        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?

  2. August 29, 2015 / 7:50 am

    These are very inspiring floors. Thanks for featuring our pebble shower. Still looks and feels great.

    • Kathy Woodard
      September 17, 2015 / 10:22 am

      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!

  3. April 15, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    Those are some seriously talented people. I love the different blue planked floor.

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