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The 28 x 13 living room, very lightly trafficked, has had a water leaking problem, bubbling up the particle board beneath the wall to wall.  The yucky wall to wall is going and I'm considering tiling, and maybe overextended myself?  Right now, I'm replacing the particle board with plywood and there is a way to make plywood look like hardwood planks, using paint and varathane - has anyone used this method of faux hardwood?  It looks like it's simpler and faster to do than tiling, and I'm really tired of the room being torn up.  Thanks for any replies, pronker


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Aug. 4th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
My dad did this in one room of his house. I think he varnished 3 times at least. It was quick to lay it down. Getting the plywood smooth btwn the sheets is key - you need to have the patience for that part which will take up like 90% of the project or it won't look right. So keep that in mind! With that said I think it looks cool!
Aug. 4th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback - it seems like using the plywood's connecting seams as plank lines would work. eHow has some info on how to do it.
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