If you have been following NellieBellie on Facebook you have been aware that I have been neck deep in a revamp of my hallway. I knew that we would be taking up the carpet that was there. But, what to put down…I had no idea. Cheap flooring is hard to find, and often not very attractive. So, I turned to my binder of diy ideas that i had written down over the years. I remembered that I had an idea months ago of making a floor from lath. After talking over the logistics of yet one of my diy ideas with Nate, my cheap flooring came to be…DIY lath floor.
This is the hallway before my cheap flooring…
This is what we have now after this diy cheap flooring project…
Right?!?? Can you believe that? I am soo excited about this project. The best part? The cheap flooring cost me…
- $14.00 for the wood.
- $35.00 for the paint (it was fancy pancy because I wanted texture and super strong!)
- $28.00 for the threshold thingys. ( I needed 4 of them suckers)
Seriously people. I spent the most money on stuff other then the floor itself. How is this possible??? I’m a cheap flooring whiz, if I don’t say so myself!
Let me show you how this diy project went. You might want to try it!
- You need to remove the carpet. This is tough. I skipped my workout that day and did this instead. Okay, for real…I don’t have workouts. But, I skipped my workout that I thought of doing.The trick is at the bedroom seams. You should have a seam from when they laid the carpet. Hopefully, you can just pull it apart nice and easy. If not, pull out the cutters and cut nice and straight!
2. Take up the stairs and the carpet pad. Watch out for the spiky things along the wall edges. Those things are NASTY!! You will have staples EVERYWHERE! And gaps between the stairs and wall (if you are doing stairs)
So, enlist some help to take turns taking out staples. You cannot forget a staple. They need to come out!! Your feet will thank you. Or your butt (no really, Nate totally sat on a staple. Is it wrong that I giggled?)
3. Okay, now let’s talk lath. I’ve had a lot of questions about what lath is.
Lath is: a thin narrow strip of wood nailed to rafters, joists, or studding as a groundwork for slates, tiles, or plaster. (from Webster dictionary)
And generally, it isn’t standard in size and width. So, when my husband ran across several bundles that were perfectly matching to each other he asked if I would want them. DOH!!
At $7 a bundle (I have no sense of how much it does…we did the hall and door with 2 bundles with lots left over) I was like…Oh Baby Baby…hub a hub!!
4. The trick with lath is that unless you are lucky like me and get perfectly matched bundles…you will have to sort through it. Yes, it’s a pain. But…hello…isn’t the cost worth it?
5. After you have sorted out pieces that you are using set them in a “rough draft” of what you are going to want. It is recommended to stagger your pieces. Really, don’t ask why…just do it! (ha. that reminds me of my “Just Do Them” Boobie Shirt. Did you see it?) You really want to have a good idea of what problems might arise. I would hate for you to be 1/2 way done and find out you can’t finish. Bummer!
6. Once you have everything sorted start nailing it down. Go row by row to make sure it’s running straight and doesn’t get wonky. Also because, lath needs to be kind of “coaxed” into being nice and straight.
7. Unless you are a floor genius you will more then likely end up with a gap on one side or both. This is also why you want to do a rough draft. To best figure out how to deal with that.
8. I used this patch and leveler to fill those gaps. Simply because it is what we had. For the stairs I also shoved wooden skewers into the gaps before using the patch (yep, real scientific.). Just be sure to use a putty knife or something like it to get a nice clean look.
Your floor is now done. Add threshold thingys to any doors. And finish it how you like. The best part of this floor is that it isn’t perfect. It looks very charming and cottagey. I chose to paint it. But, even staining it or using clear poly would look lovely!
There is my cheap flooring. And I’m telling you…this floor is soo pretty! I want it in my whole house. Really! One of my better diy ideas, if I don’t say so myself!
I have answered all the questions I’ve received about this project in this post.
Lath is not designed for flooring. I did this because I could. I wanted to try it. And I am okay with it not working…I’ll just do something else. This is what my floor looks like NOW. In 1 year? who knows. I’ll tell you. So…please think, research, and ask before doing lath for your floor. It might not be as cool and awesome for you! And…it is probably not recommended if you may need to resell. Got it? Good.
For the complete hallway reveal… head HERE!