How to Lay Hardwood Floor With a Contrasting Border

Strips of Brazilian cherry take this floor beyond the ordinary. Here's everything you need to know to install it yourself.

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Hammer
  • Chalk line
  • Utility knife
  • Wood chisel
  • Nail set
  • Tape measure
  • Miter saw
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Framing square
  • Jigsaw
  • Table saw
  • Handsaw
  • Router
  • Pry bar
  • Stapler

Mason's line, Air powered framing nailer, Air powered finish nailer, Groove-cutting router bit, Flooring nailer, Floor sanders

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Flooring, tongue and groove
  • Transition boards
  • Underlayment, 1/2 in.
  • Screws, 2-1/2-in.
  • Rosin paper
  • 1 x 4s, straight
  • Construction adhesive, tube
  • Floor finish