DIY Hardwood Floors: Lay a Contrasting Border

Exciting design possibilities with prefinished wood laminate flooring

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nail gun
  • Caulk gun
  • Framing square
  • Knee pads
  • Hammer
  • Miter saw
  • Notched trowel
  • Rags
  • Rubber mallet
  • Cordless drill
  • Sanding block
  • Tape measure
  • Table saw

You'll also need a tapping block for the flooring (sold with the flooring).

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 3/8-in. laminate flooring (3 colors)
  • Stone tile
  • Floor adhesive
  • Stain pen
  • Silicone caulk
  • Finish nails
  • 1/4-in. plywood underlayment (if needed)
  • Cardboard