Paper Bag Floors

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If you are in need of new flooring but don't have much money to spend (or even if you do) then this fits the bill! I created this floor out of brown paper, Elmers glue, stain and polyurethane. It was easy to do (albeit time consuming) and is very durable. This room is 10 X 12 and cost about $80, but future rooms will cost about $30 since I have plenty of leftover supplies. Click through to read the tutorial:
  • A close up of the finished floor, it almost looks like old leather.
  • I did the whole 10 X 12 room for about $80, but any future room will cost about $30. That's cheap flooring!
  • Gluing the paper down using a 50% Elmers glue %50 water mixture. This part took forever.
  • Here is the paper going on, this is about 10 hours in (spread over multiple days).
  • Mopping on the stain.
  • After 12 coats of poly! I know people say this all the time, but it honestly look much better in real life. It just looks shiny in the pictures.

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  • Mollie
    mollie Caldwell, ID
    I did this project in my kitchen in Calif. Was fun to do and used a lot of Poly. It lasted for years. I did it around 1975.
  • Donna dickinson
    donna dickinson Punta Gorda, FL
    did this on a wall looks great make sure to get all ends sides etc so they adhere well
  • Sandra
    sandra Lone Grove, OK
    I've seen this done on walls , to look like leather. I just wonder how it would hold up to cleaning and moving furniture around.
  • Cindy
    I love how this turned out!. I have used polyurethane on jewelry and shoes and other mick nacks. I love the stuff. I have never tackled a project this big though.
Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection

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