Guest Bathroom: Paper Bag Floors

by Elisa
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
After: Bathroom Floors with Paper Bag application
Before: Bathroom Floors
Close-up view of the paper bag floor.
Supplies needed...
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  • Robo MacDowell Robo MacDowell on Dec 20, 2017
    How do you get the seams to match up? Are they overlapped and just glued ??
    Where can I find the tutorials on this great project?
    Thank You

  • Joyce Marie Blackmon Joyce Marie Blackmon on Jan 05, 2018
    how well does it hold up on the bathroom floor with the water from bath ?

  • Shelly Shelly on Mar 21, 2020

    Can this go directly on a pained concrete floor

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  • Rachel Rachel on Apr 11, 2015
    is the floor different shades or is it the lighting showing it that way?

  • Huda Husnain Huda Husnain on Apr 13, 2015
    oh wow! :D i am about to start my bathroom soon... how is yours holding up? i want to do glitter floor but want to know if poly provides enough protection. i live in a single bedroom apartment. and my only bather is my master bathroom, but i dont have any kids yet, or pets. just me and hubby.