Beautiful Maple Plywood Flooring - How to Install It
Maple flooring is gorgeous and I wanted to lay some maple plywood flooring in my house.
Under our carpets were fir, which is a soft wood and it does not refinish great. Finding this out, was hard, I had the hardest time upstairs trying to refinish them. They also splinter super easy as well.
Don’t look at the before floors and think “Wow, look at the beautiful wood”, because it is too good to be true in this situation.
To get back on track, I wanted maple flooring, but that costs quite a bit of money.
I decided to try a little maple flooring hack and use maple plywood for our flooring in the main bedroom.
Below is my step-by-step tutorial urial on how to do that.
Step 1 - Cut Plywood Flooring
We cut all the plywood into 5 inch strips on our table saw.
Forth inch Maple plywood from Lowe’s is what we used.
You can cut them any length you want.
Step 2 - Lay Plywood Flooring
For laying, I started in one corner of the room.
Next, I was going for a pattern and I will show you that in the pictures to follow.
Lay the first down of many with liquid nails and brad nail them to the ground.
I’m not the best at getting a 45 degree angle perfect. And that pattern would need preciseness and I was worried about it.
The way I did it was much easier to make look perfect, so I stuck with it.
Another tip – I used dimes to space out my boards evenly.
Step 3 - Keep Going
Okay, it takes all day but you just keep going in a circle making that pattern.
It is a lot of up and down and cutting and gluing.
Step 4 - Finish laying the Plywood Flooring
Next, I just finished it like the picture shown.
For fitting issues, I had to cut the three in the middle smaller than 5 inches.
Step 5 - Finish the Maple Plywood Floors
Then, I went with Varathane floor finish.
I got this at Home Depot.
I also used this lamb skin pad to apply the sealant.
This floor finish let me have a more natural look instead of stained, which I wanted.
If you do this and stain it, make sure to use pre-conditioner for the wood.
That will help it not be blotchy.
Step 6 - Let Set and Finish Again
The next step is to let that coat set for 12 hours.
After that, you sand it with 320 grit and coat a second time.
You let that set for a day and then you are done!