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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.
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Sand down high spots on the floor and clean it thoroughly.
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Lay out your glue covered pieces in any order you prefer. You really can't mess this up.
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Let your glue dry overnight.
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Apply your polyurethane and let dry between coats. Be sure to sand the floor before your final coat of polyurethane for a smooth finish.
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Final coat of polyurethane. Let it dry and cure for several days before placing heavy objects or course backed rugs on your surface.

Material I used for this project:

  • Packing paper or paper bags from you local grocery store, Elmer's glue, 220 grit sand paper, Polyurethane.   (Menards)
  • Sharon Sallee
    Sharon Sallee Germantown, OH

    I love this. I wanted to do different treatment in our entry way. I'd been leaning towards the penny floor, but now this has caught my eye. Want something that will withstand weather and dogs.

  • Patty Anderson

    Fascinating! This is the second example of "paper flooring" a room I've seen! I love the larger pieces of paper. We have plywood floors, and I've wondered how to make them look pretty. I was on to paint and stencil, which is fabulous, but I believe I

    • Heather Smith
      Heather Smith Omaha, NE

      Thank you! If you do your floor is love to see how it turns out.

  • Car Rey
    Car Rey Spring, TX

    I love this floor ! It has an awesome look but can't help but wonder what a white paper would look like ?

    • Heather Smith
      Heather Smith Omaha, NE

      I'm not sure...someone said it looks like marble.

  • Maude  LaFountain
    Maude LaFountain Kopperl, TX

    That is just so awesome ..I love the look and I have seen this done before but with smaller pieces of paper .....but I like the bigger pieces instead ...plus less time to lay it down .....lol.... less strain on the back

    • Heather Smith
      Heather Smith Omaha, NE

      Thank you! It turned out really good but, was still strenuous and hard on the back and knees.

  • Normi
    Normi Dublin, CA

    I used this method on method on a small bathroom years ago. I wanted the look of leather and it was great. No poly, I drybrushed them after glue dried! No one could believe it was brown paper bags!

    • Debbie
      Debbie Riverside, CA

      How has this flooring held up long term?

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