So excited to feature the Domestic Imperfection blog today and their paper bag flooring project! They have done an excellent job laying out the steps and providing a really great tutorial for you guys who may want to attempt this one. I also found a good youtube video you can see here. Now, this is not actually made from paper bags but that is the look you are going for. It’s actually made from a giant roll of craft paper that you can find at the home improvement stores in the painting section.
Here’s the link to the tutorial… DomesticImperfection – Paper Bag Floors Tutorial
Most people probably haven’t thought of putting paper on a floor before, but paper bag flooring can actually be a very inexpensive way to cover a floor. The finish is also very beautiful and unique, read this guide on paper bag flooring so you too can get the look at home.
You will Need:
– One Gallon of Elmers Glue
– Stain – oil based
– Floor Polyurethane – water based
– Deck Pads for applying stain and polyurethane
– One roll of brown paper (or other paper)
Step 1 – Empty the Room
The first thing that you need to do is clear the room. Rip up the carpets and remove all of the trim around the outside of the room. You will find it easier to lay the floor without the trim in place.
Step 2 – Patching Holes
For the paper flooring to look great, the floor must be even and level. If there are any holes in the concrete left from tacks, then these should be filled with either filler, or concrete. Next, sand the floor to make sure it is smooth.
If you are planning on papering over floor that has not been sealed, then you will need to seal it using floor paint, or polyurethane.
Step 3 – Ripping Paper
The next step is to start ripping the roll of paper up. Do this randomly as it adds to the beauty of the floor. If you have kids then they will love helping with this stage. Rip disks which are around 12 inches wide, but they don’t have to be particularly accurate, and don’t use scissors. Ripping makes the floor look great.
Roll each of the disks of paper up and screw them into a ball. Then flatten them out. This creates a lovely textured finish to the floor.
Step 4 – Mixing Glue
Then you need to mix the glue. Mix a part water to 1 part elmers glue. Make sure you mix small batches of glue at a time, instead of mixing it all together. It will take a long time to glue the paper to the floor, and you don’t want the glue drying too soon.
Step 5 – Gluing
Once the glue is mixed it’s time to apply the paper. Spread glue on both sides of the paper. Then put the paper down onto the floor and flatten it out with your hands. Try to remove all the bubbles using your fingers. Then repeat this overlapping the pieces of paper as they will shrink slightly when they dry.
Step 6 – Staining
If you want to leave the floor this natural color, then you can skip this entire step. Staining adds an extra dimension to the flooring. The stain can be applied easily with a mop and really doesn’t take long. Then it can be left to dry.
Step 7 – Sealing
Then all that’s left to do is wait for the floor to dry for a few days, and then seal it using water based polyurethane. Try to make the coats as thin as possible. You will need to repeat this for around 10 coats, waiting around an hour between each coat. When you have applied the last coat, wait a few days before putting any furniture onto the floor.