Now that you have built your exterior house using DIY house building methods and have plywood flooring, a blank canvas, you can finish the surface inexpensively by doing it yourself! Now this method is really easy and best of all easy on your pocketbook…
1. Filling in Seams and Blemishes – You have a plywood floor now. And as you look at the plywood you might notice some blemishes from deep wood grains and seams from fitting together the plywood sheets. First starting at the back of the room, begin filling in these areas by using wood cocking. And if you have used cocking before, you know it comes out in a circular like fashion like toothpaste does so you have to smooth it out a bit. Just Make sure you use a very thin coat of cocking and use the end of a thick piece of cardboard or a flat end piece of wood to smooth out the cocking as close to the surface as possible. But do leave a thin layer trying to blend into the floor and filling in the cracks. Work from one end of the room all the way to the entrance of the room. If you start working in the middle or near the doorway, then you will end up having to walk across your hard work!
2. Sanding – Let this dry overnight. The next day, take your sander and a piece of your roughest sand paper and sand all of your cocking to make a nice smooth finish. And don’t forget to sweep and mop the entire floor after sanding making sure to clean every piece of dirt, dust from the cocking and debris.
3. Paint or Linoleum –
Painted Floor – For a really easy inexpensive project in theme to DIY house building, you could use floor paint right on a plywood base of a newly built floor. Make sure to choose high gloss floor paint. You really want a high gloss which creates a smooth easy surface to sweep and mop the dirt off. And a painted floor is so nice to maintain much easier than Lanolin, carpet or floating floor or wood panels making floor maintenance a breeze. If your painted floor gets inflicted with an unsightly scratch or ding, all you have to do is fill in the damaged spot with filler, sand and paint over, nice and easy.
Floor painting like this sure saves you from ripping out flooring later on. All you have to do is repair, repaint and you are finished. If you are worried a painted plywood floor will look like plywood sheets then you could add in faint lines in specific intervals with a circular saw running slight lines down the length of the floor boards so the floor ends up looking like wood panels. Now you can paint the floor starting farthest away from the doorway so you can leave the room and not trap yourself in. And now let the floor dry and add a second coat.
Linoleum – Now if you want to use linoleum instead of a painted floor, then skip number 1 and 2 and buy sheets of luan and glue them right onto the plywood surface. Luan are thin wood sheets and is used as an underlayment for vinyl flooring. And then glue the linoleum right on top of the luan. Now all you need is a couple of floor rugs, DIY house building at it’s finest. Nice and easy!