Its been about three years since we moved into our home and slowly with the changing seasons our laminate flooring has shifted. This shifting caused a large gap between boards and no matter how hard I pushed, my amazing strength was unable to make the boards budge. The gap showed the yellow pressed board board beneath and stood out like a sore thumb. I don’t have a before picture because I randomly had the brilliant idea of coloring it with color pencil to make it blend in. See below…
The color only seemed to draw your eye the the depth of the gap. While I could have possibly used a stain pen for a better cover up I decided to patch the gap instead. I happened to have some linoleum floor samples laying around (who doesn’t?) and a pair of kitchen shears so I went to work.
First I choose the color that most closely matched my floor and cut a slice the size of the gap. The sample wasn’t long enough so I ending up needing to pieces.
The cutting was easy and I was even able to shave a bit off the original to ensure a tight fit. Seeing as the linoleum sample was thinner than my floors I simply put another piece below the first to get it level.
In the end the gap is hardly noticeable, it was super easy to complete, and it cost me $0.
*Update: The quick fix has been in place over a week now and survived vaccuming and mopping. I ending up with a pretty snug fit but if your pieces weren’t perfect you could consider glueing them in place.