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New Cheap Floor

Depending on your floor, repairs or replacement can be quite costly. We have found a way to cut costs and have a beautiful floor with little effort.
This will work on any type of floor. Make sure, whatever floor you are doing, is cleaned. If you have uneven spots on your floor try to make them even by sanding them down.
Got to your local menards or any hardware store.
Supplies you will need.
● Large roll of paper (thickness depends on your preference but, I think thicker paper is much easier to work with)
● One gallon or more of Elmer's glue
● One to two gallons of polyurethane (we used an oil based but, water based is less smelly)
Tear your pieces of paper in any size and shape you'd like.
Mix your glue with water, ratio is 1:1.
Put your paper into the glue and crinkle your paper to wring it out, this will give you the effect in you paper that looks like cracks.
After you wring out your paper, open it up and spread it flat onto your surface, smoothing it out and pushing out any air bubbles underneath.
Once you get your floor covered the way you like it, let it dry over night.
Time to apply your polyurethane. There are several ways to apply it so, Google them and see which is best for you.
Our floor took 5 coats of polyurethane. On the fourth coat, once it was dry, we sand it with 220 grit sand paper. This will help smooth the surface from any imperfections.
This is a little hard on the back and knees.
Sand down high spots on the floor and clean it thoroughly.
Lay out your glue covered pieces in any order you prefer. You really can't mess this up.
Let your glue dry overnight.
Apply your polyurethane and let dry between coats. Be sure to sand the floor before your final coat of polyurethane for a smooth finish.
Final coat of polyurethane. Let it dry and cure for several days before placing heavy objects or course backed rugs on your surface.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Packing paper or paper bags from you local grocery store, Elmer's glue, 220 grit sand paper, Polyurethane.   (Menards)
  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Feb 13, 2017

    WOW! That looks so amazing! Like polished stone! Lots of work but the result is fantastic. Great job!

    • Heather Smith
      Heather Smith Bellevue, NE
      on Feb 14, 2017 really wasn't too bad, more time consuming than anything. We are pleased with how well it turned out, especially with it being our first try.

  • Just Me
    Just Me Paducah, KY
    on Feb 14, 2017

    OMG WOW! Great work both of you!! I love it! I can't wait to try this out in a home we are remodeling : ) I wonder if once it's dried, it can be painted then poly'd?

    • Heather Smith
      Heather Smith Bellevue, NE
      on Feb 14, 2017

      Yes, once it's dry you can paint or stain it. You can even include the stain into your glue mix so that you don't have to stain it later.

  • Nicolette Spargo
    Nicolette Spargo New York, NY
    on Feb 14, 2017

    This looks absolutely amazing! GREAT work!!! It may have been cheap, but it certainly doesn't look like it :)

    • Heather Smith
      Heather Smith Bellevue, NE
      on Feb 14, 2017

      Thanks...was definitely a little work and got a little sore being on the floor but, was worth it!

  • Martha McClanahan Pierce
    Martha McClanahan Pierce Lubbock, TX
    on Feb 25, 2017

    I've done this on a desk top. It looked like leather.

  • Cathy
    on Feb 25, 2017

    Absolutely beautiful and unique! Well done!!

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