Reclaimed barnwood flooring

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Blog entry by aefarm posted 02-18-2017 09:38 PM 652 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All-

We have just bought a farm house that comes with a barn. We would like to replace flooring throughout the house and the barn that comes with the property is old, but in good condition. It has a 2nd story loft floor that I think would make perfect floors. They are 6”x 3/4” tongue and groove pine planks. Any advice on the process of using this as flooring for our house? I assume they will need planed down. I want to keep as much character as possible, but also want floors that are flat. Any and all advice is appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 11:04 PM

Take your time removing the barn flooring to minimize damage to the wood. Inspect really good for any nails or imbedded rocks. Then run through a planer to smooth out the faces and rid any splinters. After installation you can seal the surface with a couple good coats of poly.

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#2 posted 02-19-2017 12:59 AM

I would install the boards in the house.
Rent a drum sander and make diagonal passes. Start with coarse grit.You will get your floor flat.
The final pass use 120 grit and go the direction of the grain.
If you want the floor shiny….
3-5 coats of good polyurethane.
If you want the original color of wood use a water based urethane.
This should give you a nice floor with the old patina look.
“I personally wood not plane the boards, you will never find ALL the nails “

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#3 posted 02-20-2017 03:42 AM

I like the sanding idea and agree to be very careful in removing the boards, you may find they are more then 3/4 think

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 02-20-2017 03:07 PM

Thanks for your suggestion. We like the sanding idea as well. The only question we have now is how to get them nailed to the floor correctly. They aren’t a normal tongue and groove, and maybe that wasn’t the right description. They have more of an L connection if that makes sense. Any suggestions there?

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