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Guest Bathroom: Paper Bag Floors

Ashley from Domestic Imperfection posted a great tutorial about how to complete this super cool and inexpensive flooring option. I've wanted to update the guest bathroom for a while and since I was still on maternity leave, there was no time like the present! The Hub-E was skeptical about how this would look, especially in a bathroom, but has now found that he loves it.
The original tile was white, cracked, and out dated. Re-doing with the paper bag floor was more of an experiment for me since it was such a small area and I didn't want to rip out all of the tile. When I looked up the steps involved in this flooring, everyone online was putting it over concrete, ply wood, basically anything but tile. 12 coats of floor poly later, we are good! I will keep you posted if this starts to come up, BUT we don't use this bathroom very often, so the wear and tear on it is not like an ordinary bathroom.
Elmer's Glue
Floor Polyurethane - Water Base
Paper Bags

To see more: http://wp.me/p37pJW-hg

  • Rachelle Morris
    Rachelle Morris
    on Jul 22, 2013

    so you did the paper bag floor right over your tile? wow! that is a great idea! I may have to try that! Have you done this flooring over cement before? I have 2 rooms I would like to do, but have heard that cement is very different. Any advice? thanks.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jul 22, 2013

    Oh, yay! You posted. :) So happy to see this here. It's fabulous! Tagging @Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection I'm sure she will be proud! :)

  • Elisa
    Elisa Naperville, IL
    on Jul 22, 2013

    Hi Rachelle! I did put this right over the tile. I didn't have the time to take out the toilet, vanity or tile, so I worked around them all. It's our guest bathroom, which doesn't get a lot of traffic. When gluing the pieces down, I made sure I pressed them into the grout lines so I didn't have any spot where the paper had a chance of coming up. I also made sure I put down enough floor poly. I got the idea from @Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection, She did a fabulous post on these floors and she put it right on the cement. Also, Jami at An Oregon Cottage has a wonderful how to video and they are on cement as well. Hope that helps! :) You can find both of their links via my blog post at emodelyour.wordpress.com

  • Elisa
    Elisa Naperville, IL
    on Jul 22, 2013

    Thanks Mirim!! I contacted Ashley to make sure it was ok before I posted...she's the one who inspired this whole project for me, so she had to get the credit!! :)

  • MaryAnn B
    MaryAnn B Camas, WA
    on Nov 19, 2013

    I've used this method before on accent walls and used stain to color it. Did you revamp the vanity also?

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