Woman creates fake wood flooring effect using coffee and pen after being quoted £200

A woman has revealed how she completely transformed her plain plywood flooring with instant coffee and permanent marker pens.

After receiving a quote of £200 to fit new flooring in her house, Nova Burke, from Ontario, Canada, decided to do it herself.

The 54-year-old came up with the idea when she couldn’t go shopping for wood stain for her floor due to lockdown restrictions.

Nova, who works as a cleaner, decided to use household items to try and achieve a similar effect on her plywood floor.

Using instant coffee as a stain and a permanent marker to draw lines on the floor to make it look more realistic, she completely transformed the space.

“I remembered using instant coffee on some furniture at one point after reading about it years ago, so I thought why not try it on the floor,” Nova said.

“I guessed permanent marker would show through my coffee ‘stain’ and I had two one-litre cans of clear coat on hand, so I decided to give it a go.

“I made sure to vacuum before applying the coffee stain and checked after each application that there were no bits or hairs in it.

“I put two coats of the coffee stain on and then two of the clear coat, which took about 10 hours total, including drying time.

“For the knot holes, I filled them with the coffee stain and then also filled them with clear coat so they were flush with the rest of the floor.

“The longest part was drawing the lines and waiting for the stain to dry, but I’m happy with the result and we’re going to do the whole upstairs floor now.”

Rather than paying to have a new floor fitted, Nova estimates she saved around £172 doing the job herself.

Since sharing her innovative idea on Facebook her post has been flooded with hundreds of messages praising the money-saving hack.

One person said: “Looks fantastic, what a good idea – you would never know.”

“I would have never thought to do this. It looks gorgeous and I can only imagine how much money this saved you. Great job,” said another.

A third person wrote: “I think it looks wonderful. Really well done, isn’t it amazing what we can do when needs must. Keep the momentum going and keep safe.”

“What a brilliant idea, it really does look like a proper wood floor, you must be well chuffed with it – definitely a keeper,” wrote someone else.

And a fifth commented: “Brilliant. I was going to try this but cutting the ply and refixing to make it look like planks – you’ve just saved me hours.”

Since moving into her home 18 months ago, Nova has come up with other clever solutions to fix up the house.

As she suffers from a fear of heights, she created a makeshift extended paintbrush by strapping it onto a long pole, enabling her to stand from the safety of a shorter ladder so she could paint the exterior of her house.