When the hallway gallery in Jamaica Plain recently decided to add new floors to its space, there were many flooring options to consider. But Brent Refsland, owner and curator of the gallery, had his mind set on a longstanding aesthetic vision for the space, which was to construct the new floors using dense particle board. Particle board is a unique, yet approachable, flooring option, and for the hallway gallery it proved to be a beautiful compliment to the space and its featured art.
The cost of adding the new particle board floor to the hallway gallery was somewhere around $300. Pretty inexpensive when considering other floor alternatives! But not only is this flooring option budget conscious, it's also gorgeous and unique.
If you need new floors, consider what particle board could do for your room.
What you'll need:
For your project, you'll want to measure the square footage of your space and purchase the necessary amount of particle board. The thickness of the particle board is dependent on the ceiling height and/or whether you are ripping out the preexisting floors, but 3/4-inch should be good for most projects.
After measuring and cutting the pieces of particle board for your room, nail the board to the floor/subfloor. After laying out and nailing the particle board, begin to fill in the cracks between each board with wood filler. Also, fill in the nail holes if you wish to have those hidden. After the wood filler has dried, sand the filler down with 120-grit sandpaper.
Once the particle board is secure and the wood filler is sanded, you can add polyurethane to protect and aesthetically enhance the floor. Make sure the surface is completely clean and free of sawdust. Use a nap roller when applying the poly, and be sure to have your space well ventilated. Allow at least 12 hours of dry time between each new coat of poly. The hallway's particle floors have 3 coats, but Brent intends on adding a couple more coats throughout the year, after normal wear and tear.
Once the poly has been completed, be sure to include baseboard to hide the space between the particle board and the wall. There are many options for baseboard, so choose one that's right for your space.