Hey friends!! I am hopping on today to show you these 8 DIY cheap flooring options, plus a bonus idea.
If you have not heard yet, I am in the process of turning a 300 square foot attic into two bedrooms. The only thing in the attic is a barely there plywood floot. Blank slate baby!
Want to see what we have to work with!? Oh of course you do. (sorry for the shotty photo. I will get better photos posted soon)
There is actually more than 300 square feet in the attic but we are going to put in knee walls to have hidden storage and closet space for the rooms. We have our work cut out for us.
The last homeowner used 1/4 in. plywood to cover the floor so we will have to put in a new subfloor as well. I am beyond thrilled to be able to show you this process from start to finish. This is going to be such a fun project and will be a total transformation. I love blank slates and my mind is going crazy with all of the design elements I want to include in these rooms.
So without further ado, here are 8 DIY cheap flooring options that I have stumbled upon for the perfect floor.
1 This dreamy floor from A Beautiful Mess only requires a few simple products and allows you to keep your flooring saving you loads of money. Plus, it’s super dreamy! One of the great things is you can do this with solid colors or different designs. Let your heart get creative as you can!
2 Need new flooring altogether? Try using pine boards like Gina did at The Shabby Creek Cottage. I love how she used the nails on the boards to give it more of a farmhouse feel.
3 If you are a DIYer you know how amazing pallet wood can be. This floor is made up of 4 different sized pallet boards. The work would be tedious but oh so worth it! Check out the finished project and the other tutorials they have on pallet floors at Surviving The Sheep
4 Paper bags. What!?
This stunning floor is made with recycled paper bags. If someone told me that this was an option I would have never believed it, until now. Rachael from Lovely Crafty Home did it throughout her home, and it’s beautiful.
5 So if you can use paper bags…why not scrapbook paper? There are so many ideas when it comes to using paper. You can do solid colors, different patterns or shapes, add sparkles or stencils…the list is inevitable. You could even sand it down to let some wood show through to give it a shabby chic look. To see how using paper works check out Lazy Cozy blog.
6 Who would have thought this was painted? Using a woodgrain tool and a few coats of paint you get a pretty finish over plywood! Imagine the color combos you could do. Find the tutorial at Just About Home
7 Want to revamp your craft room or kids space? Try having a glitter party and covering the floor in the sparkly goodness. This was done over concrete but it would also work on any subfloor. Check out the tutorial on Craft Chicka.
8 Another DIY flooring option I found is this beautiful Endgrain block. The process is pretty straight forward, might be time-consuming, but the end result is totally worth it. This image came from Cartolina when they redid their studio but for a full tutorial you can check out A Bit Geek.
My only side note on the DIY on A Bit Geek is instead of using grout use sawdust filler. Because it is wood it can shrink and expand and I have read mixed reviews on using grout and ending up with cracks in it. My idea would be to use the sawdust from cutting all of the blocks. Here is a little video on how to use sawdust as filler. It looks so natural and is a great way to recycle the giant bag of sawdust you will have left over from all of the wood you are cutting!
Bonus 9 So in my search of cheap flooring options these 8 ideas made the list. Another option is laminate flooring. Aka Pergo. It is relatively simple to install and if you do some searching you can find great options for less than 89 cents a square ft. Just make sure you get the padding to go under it because it is a floating floor and it will eliminate the squeaky noises.
If you are like me and love the challenge of creating something by hand then by all means, choose one of the options above. But if you want something more cut and dry and done in a few hours tops then the cheapest option is laminate flooring that is already stained finished and ready to install.
We found laminate wood flooring at Home Depot in a shade we love for only 79 cents a square foot. It ended up being $100 cheaper than the options above and as much as I wanted to do a DIY on the floor, cheaper flooring is probably going to veto my DIY project.
You can also do a quick search to see if any local stores have sales going on. Lumber Liquidators has some good pricing and a lot of the time coupons to go with it. Score!
What floor would you choose? Is there more cheap flooring options I missed? I would love to have you tell me about them in the comments below.
Stay tuned for the upcoming tutorial on what floor we choose and the tutorial on how we installed it.