05:22PM | 09/10/03
Member Since: 09/09/03
2 lifetime posts
I have seen masonite hardboard used for flooring in decorating books/mags. It is suppost to look like polished concrete. I thought it was a great idea and wanted to redo one of our floors. 4'x8' sheets glued down with liquid nails and sealed with 4-6 coats of Flecto varathane. The sales people are saying DON'T do it, the varathane will soften the board & cause it to "mushroom".
Does any one have any first hand knowledge of this technique or has seen the end result?
I'd love to get any and all feedback on this.
Thanks Angel


09:31PM | 09/11/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
549 lifetime posts
i guess the answer is nobody knows...but i will say i dont think its a good idea...good luck


09:05PM | 09/12/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
80 lifetime posts

I'm not sure about the mushrooming effect unless it is a very dark damp room. ( just kidding)

The problem I see with this technique is getting the urethane to stick to the masonite. It is such a slick smooth surface.

I would use a flooring adhesive instead of liquid nails in any case. I have not seen this successfully done.



05:02PM | 10/27/03
Member Since: 09/09/03
2 lifetime posts
Just dropped in to give a quick update in case anyone else is interested in this method of flooring. I couldn't find much info on this or anyone who had done it, so now that I have first hand experience I thought I would say it was fast,easy & for an inexpensive floor it looks absolutely fabulous. It glued down nicely and the varathane didn't caused any problems. The only advice I would give is don't use a roller but apply the varathane with a paint pad. It does look like polished concrete and I have had nothing but compliments on it. I don't know how durable it is going to be, only time will tell but for now I am enjoying it and have no regrets. My next project is going to be concrete counter tops, as soon as I find some info on that.


02:33AM | 09/23/08
Member Since: 09/22/08
2 lifetime posts
I wish you'd publish an update on your floor after five years. Pictures too maybe?

I'm thinking of using masonite in my kitchen and can't find any info on the Web.

Or contact me directly at or

(IDo they allow email addresses in this forum? If not, check out my profile my contact info is there.)




Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Making this trio of storage totes is simpler than you might think. Gold screw bolts and spray adhesive hold the fabric cov... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon