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Ken Wingard's DIY Dance Floor

Ken Wingard's DIY Dance Floor

Dance Floor Materials:
  • 4x4 panels (pine wood)
  • 2x4 beams (pine wood)
  • String
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • 2-inch screws
  • 1 ¼–inch screws
Materials for Ken’s Faux Finish:
  • Dark gray outdoor paint
  • White outdoor paint
  • 1 paint roller with extended handle
  • 1 deck mop
  • 1 paint tray
  • 1 paint bucket
  • 1 black marker
  • 1 yard stick
  • Painter’s tape
  • Initial Stencils
  • Bright colored chalk

Dance Floor Instructions:
(For a 12x12 dance floor. Floor is modular. Add or subtract panels accordingly.)

  1. Start with 9 4x4 panels of 3-quarter inch thick plywood sheets and 27 2x4’s.

  2. The 2x4’s are used to support and to connect the 4x4 floor pieces. There are 3 specific 4x4 floor piece configurations: Corners, Outside Panels, and Inside Panels.

  3. Each 2 x 4 is attached to the 4 x 4 panel with the 4-inch side flush to the panel.

  4. For each 2 x 4 attached to an edge of a panel there should be 2 inches on the panel and 2 inches off; half of the 2x4 will be used to connect to the other panels of the dance floor.

  5. The end result is a system of interlocking sections that come together to create the completed dance floor.

  6. To make the corner pieces of the dance floor, take a 4-foot piece of string and tied off one end onto a pencil. Holding the end of the string at one corner of a 4x4, stretch the string taught and draw a curved line between corner points, like a compass.

  7. With a jigsaw, cut along the curved line. Use this piece as a template for the other three corner pieces.

  8. Now that you have your four corner pieces, you will attach your 2x4’s to all of your panels. Use2-inch screws to attach beams to panels. See below for each panel’s support beam configuration:


  9. After interlocking your pieces together, you can easily secure them by screwing them in from the top. Drill 1¼–inch screws, spacing them every 6 inches.

  10. The beauty about this dance floor, is when you are done with it, simply unscrew the pieces for compact storage until the next event!

Instructions for Ken's Faux Finish:

  1. Base-coat the floor by rolling on a dark gray and let that dry completely.

  2. Next, to give it that aged old wood feel, dip deck mops in watered down white paint. Using the deck mops like giant paintbrushes, gently touch the mop to the dance floor from one end and dragged it to the other. It doesn’t need to be straight. The less perfect the better the look.

  3. Once you’re done “swabbing the deck”, let it dry completely. To add seam lines as though the floor was made of individual planks of wood.

  4. We made our “planks” 12 inches wide. Starting from one end of the dance floor, use a yardstick and a pencil to draw guidelines.

  5. Then attach a marker to a mop handle and traced over the guidelines. Voila! You have your “planks”!

  6. For an extra personal touch, stencil your initials on the dance floor.

  7. You can buy large stencils. Or, to save money, you can size letters to scale on your computer and print them out.

  8. Lay the stencil upside down. Take a bright colored piece of chalk and rub the backside of the letters. Make sure you really coat the letters thickly with chalk.

  9. Flip the stencil over and place the chalked side down on the dance floor where you want your initials. Tape the stencil down to keep it in place, if you need to.

  10. Use a pencil to trace the outlines of the letters. Press hard, transposing the letter onto the deck.

  11. With brown paint and paintbrush, fill in the chalk letter outlines.

  12. Lift the stencil off the floor gently. Once the paint has dried completely, seal it with a polyurethane coat to help it last for years to come.


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