Distressed Floorboards bargain Steal for vintage character restoration
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Distressed Floorboards: Steal

They bear the telltale signs of wood with saw marks and knots, but these planks are laminate—a textured melamine veneer over a high-density fiberboard substrate. The flooring is DIY-friendly and ready to walk on from the day you put it down. Sold in eight-plank bundles with up to eight different "grain" patterns per box.

Historic Oak in ash, about $5 per square foot uninstalled; Mannington Mills

For step-by-step help with this project, see How to Lay Engineered Wood Floors.
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