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Installing Custom Stained Floors


Custom flooring is not an easy proposition on my project budget.  But like all things when I set my mind to something it is hard to get me to give it up.



I decided that I would stain every board for the new floors before installing them... one at a time all different colors. 


Installing Bedroom Floors

Staining every board individually over 6 sessions was very time consuming. But it achieved the look I was going for. 

I made piles of similar color boards to make the installation faster. 

The 5" knotty pine boards are each 8' long.

The stain was all porch stain and sealer.

The boards range in color from Bordeaux to Cape Cod Grey to Wedgewood to Slate.

Each group of boards was stained a slightly different colors.

The staining process:

  • Filled a small container half full with Wedgewood or Cape Cod Grey as they where the 2 base colors.
  • Add a splash of Bordeaux 
  • Stain 4 boards (the number that fit across my sawhorses)
  • Add a splash of Slate or Gettysburg  
  • Stain 4 more board
  • Repeat until all the boards have been stained.  

It took a long time but I love the results.  See my article on the process here.


The process for installing the floors in the bedroom is not as straight forward as it could be.  I decided that I wanted the floors to follow the same angle as the oriel window which is a focal point of the whole house. 

The first step was to find the angle of the first cut, not surprising it was 31.6 degrees. 

Diagonal 31.6 layout for hardwood floors

Above is the end of day one estimating the way the angles will look. 

Pastel rainbow floors, pink, blue, purple and grey

I then cut each of the boards to the right length using a bezel square for the angles.  Normally when installing floors you would leave a 1/4"-1/2" of space around the edge of the room for expansion. 

For this application I cut them exact to size so that I have room to trim after they are nailed. 

Hardwood unnailed pattern example

Above is the first corner of the room.  The boards are not nailed in the photo above.


Random pattern pastel hardwood floors

Random pattern pastel hardwood floors


When setting up cutting the woven patters the angles are measured using a bevel square. 

Then the blade is moved to allow for space for the new board to slip over the tongue on the board already in place. 




First I found the center of the room, which lined up with the hip wall. 

Once I reached the end of the hip wall I began switching directions to merge it with the hallway. 


Next I planned out the inlay pattern for the dining area.  this was a lot of piecing together and careful planning to make sure that the area would visually define the space.  

 Finished Product

Galley kitchen with dining area  Pastel Floors - pink, purple, blue 
Custom inlay floors in dining area