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Parquet floor

Interior: Rise to the challenge and create your own stunning parquet floor using a bit of Resene know-how.

How to make a parquet floor

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner – Project 100

Difficulty level:  Challenging

You will need

  • 12mm thick native timber cut into parquet flooring tiles measuring 70mm x 280mm (Mark used a table saw and drop saw to cut these uniformly)
  • Clean cloths
  • Construction glue
  • Electric sander
  • Existing flat and level timber or plywood floor
  • Large set square
  • Long ruler or straight edge
  • Paint stirrer
  • Pen or pencil
  • Protractor with 45 degree angle
  • Resene Paint Pot
  • Resene Qristal ClearFloor 2K interior base and hardener
  • Tape measure
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Wide paintbrush

To get the look:  Mark painted the skirting boards with Resene Lustacryl Kitchen & Bathroom tinted to Resene Quarter Alabaster and sealed along the bottom edges with clear silicon for extra water protection.

Other ideas:  If a single pack product is preferred, use Resene Qristal ClearFloor 1K instead.

How to make a parquet floor

Parquet floor - Step 1 Step one
Using the large set square and long ruler, mark a perpendicular central line across the existing floor, as shown.

Parquet floor - Step 2 Step two
Lay a ‘frame’ of parquet floor tiles around the edge of the room approximately 17mm out from the wall (our skirting board will be 20mm thick to cover this gap). Fix these into position with construction glue and use the large set square to ensure corners are at right angles.

Parquet floor - Step 3 Step three
Using the central line as a guide, lay the first few tiles at 45 degrees, as shown, to create a herringbone pattern. Ensure the tiles are positioned accurately at 45 degrees using the protractor and then fix these down with construction glue.

Parquet floor - Step 4 Step four
In the same way, continue the pattern of tiles across the width of the room, as shown, cutting tiles to fit at the edges if necessary. Use both the large set square and the protractor to ensure all ninety and forty five degree angles are accurate. Again, use construction glue to fix the tiles down.

Parquet floor - Step 5 Step five
Measure, mark and cut sections of tiles to fit into any smaller gaps at the edges, as shown, fixing with construction glue.

Parquet floor - Step 6 Step six
In the same way, carefully continue the herringbone pattern across the floor using both the large set square and protractor to ensure angles are accurate. Once the floor is complete, allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.

Parquet floor - Step 7 Step seven
Sand the entire floor with the electric sander and then remove any sanding dust with a vacuum cleaner. Wipe off any remaining dust with a damp cloth and allow floor to dry.

Parquet floor - Step 8 Step eight
Mix the Resene Qristal ClearFloor 2K base and hardener following manufacturer’s directions. Apply three or four coats to the entire floor, ensuring the product fully seals any joints in the parquet. Allow a minimum of two hours for each coat to dry and allow seven days for the product to fully cure.

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