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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Painted Plywood Floors - Surveying the job

So the decision has been made...paint the floor.  Now what?

We go back to the internet to try to figure out exactly what this job is going to take.  Our builder insisted that no matter how much we painted and primed, we weren't going to be able to cover up the seams and imperfections that come with standard grade OSB plywood.  But we already committed to the cause, so let's make the best of it!

The first step was to go onsite and actually get down to take a look at what the floor was like.  If you've ever seen OSB plywood boards, you'll know they're rough...very rough.  Basically one big hunk of glued-together pieces of wood, cut into 4' by 8' boards.  Not pretty, and CERTAINLY not good enough for our floor.

So the first step, sanding.  We started out in my son's room because he wanted a 'boat deck' theme.  We figured this would be the most forgiving of any imperfections, since it's supposed to look 'rough' anyway.  All 4 of us got down on our hands and knees, with little pieces of sandpaper in our hands, and started scrubbing.  10 minutes go by...20 minutes...a half hour...still scrubbing.  While the floor was getting smoother, it definitely was not turning out how we wanted :(  There was just no way of getting enough force to effectively level out that kind of board.

We went ahead and bought some wood filler and filled in as many gaps, nail holes, and seams as we could before laying down a simple coat of oil-based primer, just to see what our efforts had brought us.

See us survey the job ahead of us on our YouTube Channel.  And don't forget to check out our Introduction to this family project!