DIY: A Rustic Way to Cover Wood Floor Holes

Spotted on the floor of Mindy Marin’s renovated barn: metal patches on her old wood floor—the handyman’s version of patchwork. Marin covered up the holes in her wooden floor with zinc patches cut to cover the size of the hole. The patches are easily hammered in with brad nails that typically have a smaller head than regular nails (before nailing them in, Mindy beat the edge so they had a worn-in, distressed look.)

Photographs by Heidi Swanson.

Above: Since wood is prone to expanding and contracting, metal patches work best on old wooden floors that have had time to settle.

Above: Mindy’s renovated barn with zinc patches on the floor.

For another genius wood floor idea, check out Remodelista‘s post on Indigo Dyed Floors.


Steave R.
Steave R.10 months ago

This is one of the most important blogs that I have seen, keep it up!AP Floors Inc

Michael H.
Mike H.3 years ago

Doesn't look good,sorry

Tim C.
Tim C.3 years ago


Lin M
Lin M3 years ago

I think it looks cheap.

Ros G.
Ros G.3 years ago

Thanks for the info..will stick to using corks for my wooden floors - suits the style better

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago


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Christine W.
Christine W.3 years ago

Thanks for posting.