Mia Shulman, Managing Editor
Monday, June 15, 2015 9:32 AM EST
Sunny Pettis Lutz loved the idea of a cordwood floor but the price tag for a professional installation had kept Sunny from her dream floors for years. Finally, she set about installing the floor herself, with a little help from a friend, and the results are jaw-dropping.
Sunny harvested dead shaggy bark juniper and alligator bark pine for the project (commonly found in her home state of Arizona). The trees were run through a chop saw to cut them into one-inch disks, and were then sanded down until smooth.
They pieces were carefully and closely laid out on the concrete floor and glued down.
Sunny and her friend Tony worked in two-foot sections, to ensure every piece was even.
Once the space was completely filled, the wood was given a thin coat of polyurethane, and then the grout was applied, followed by two more coats of polyurethane.
The result is a gorgeous cordwood floor that Sunny can be extra proud of.