10:09PM | 01/09/01
Member Since: 01/06/01
14 lifetime posts
Hello, I am a new homeowner and to be honest am trying to redo things as cheaply as possible. I saw an article on laying down a pine floor with your everyday no. 2 common pine boards from a home center. Sounds about as cheap as you can get. I'm not picky about what kind of floor I have, I just want to paint it a high-gloss blue. But--is pine inappropriate for a kitchen? And for the much-used back door leading into the kitchen? I know pine is a soft wood. I figure some layers of polyeurethane over the gloss paint would help with the problem of knicking the floor? Thanks in advance, Aimee


09:33AM | 01/19/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Pine would be o.k., especially if you plan to paint it. It is not ideal or comon, but it would not be taboo. However, you should understand that the paint could chip if you dent the pine wood enough. Pine is a soft wood that you can dent with only your fingernail. Months and years of stilleto heels and table legs, and dropped stuff can make pine as lumpy as a pizza.

The main concern for a kitchen floor as I understand is moreso the finish. Because it is a wet environment, make sure it has a strong, resilient, waterproof finish. Otherwise, the wood will warp, rot, and mildew. Add an extra layer of any finish you choose.

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