In our dining room redo, we intended on leaving the brown carpet as it was in fairly good shape and ran thru out the lower level. But even after trying to preserve it thru demo, it got pretty filthy. SO, I want to lay luan down and paint it, I had done this in my daughters room, with the intention on eventually have new sub floor thru out and getting all the good flooring at once. When I layed the luan before I used staples that were made for that, but I am wondering if I can cut the luan into 18x18 squares, stain/treat them and then glue them down. Basically to achieve something more interesting than slabs of plywood.