Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, and they can bring about a mellow loveliness in their color and texture. However, while genuine hardwood floors are always worth every penny spent on the installation and maintenance, there are also some unique alternatives that you can do yourself if you don't have the budget or the access to good hardwood flooring. Here are some interesting DIY materials that you can use for your own type of wood flooring.
Wooden Pallet Slats
Believe it or not, the slats from wooden pallets can make spectacular hardwood flooring. These pallets can often be found for free or bought in bulk for a low price. You can take the slats apart, remove the nails, sand them, and stain and varnish them. The smaller size of the slats makes them easy to cut and install, and you can either use screws or decorative nails to fasten the slats to the sub-floor.
Thinly sliced tree trunks can make stunning and absolutely unique wooden floors. Although the pieces won't fit together as snugly as wooden slats, you can simply grout in between the trunk slices for a smooth finish. These slices need to be carefully sanded and placed in the subflooring with either screws or on a bed of grout or silicone epoxy adhesive. Be sure to keep the rounds level for a smooth surface. Once the grout has dried, you can either leave the rounds their original color, or stain them. Also, be sure to coat the surface with a good epoxy to ensure that the rounds will be waterproof and durable.
Old bookshelves are fairly easy to find inexpensively at garage sales, auctions and flea markets. Since they are typically of a fairly uniform size and are also smooth and not filled with nails or knots, they can easily be turned into wood flooring.
Accumulate as many used bookshelves as you can, and dismantle them. You may need to plane some of them to get them all the same thickness, and you may opt to cut the pieces to the same size of slat or leave them as is. Once you have attached the slats to the subfloor, you can sand them then choose to either stain and varnish them or paint them. Either way, you will end up with an inexpensive and unique wood floor.
There is no end to the creative ways you can repurpose materials for a wood floor like none other!