Ah, home improvement projects ... The bane of many a homeowner's existence! Either you can spend a lot of money and have someone do it for you, or you can spend a lot of time, energy and frustration and do it yourself. While it's tempting to choose the first option, going the DIY route can often be incredibly satisfying (once you're done anyway). By doing it yourself you have complete control over the finished project and you can try things that might be a bit too out of the box for a contractor, which is exactly what Ashley from the blog "Domestic Imperfection" did.
When it came time to remodel her sons's bedroom, she knew she had to tackle the floors right away.
After a motor oil spill, the carpet had to be entirely ripped up and the floors were left bare. Neither Ashley nor her husband wanted more carpet, hardwood or tile, so they were left with something Ashley proposed that was a little out of left field ...
... A paper bag floor.
While the project is a time-consuming one, it is certainly cost-efficient. With just $80, they had everything they needed with enough left over to finish another room in the same method.
Just like the name suggests, paper bags are crumpled, glued to the floor and then stained and sealed just like you would with hardwood.
Instead of using paper bags, "builder's paper" was used for this project. Brown kraft paper and art paper are also options.
Using a 50 percent water and 50 percent plain, old Elmer's glue mixture, Ashley began affixing the torn pieces of paper to the floor, making sure the pieces overlap as they shrink a bit when they dry.
Holding the paper over the bowl of glue mix, scoop out some glue and spread it over both sides using your hands. Then, lay it flat on the ground and smooth flat, removing any bubbles.
Once it's completely dry, the floor should look like this mottled masterpiece.
It looks great like this, but it can also be stained for some extra color and depth.
Using a stain mop and a quart of stain, this 10'x12' room was stained in under 30 minutes.
Staining can be a bit tricky as it dries just as it's put on, so make sure to blend any lines formed during application.
After the stain dried, it was time for the thin layer of water-based polyurethane to seal the floor.
Once one layer dried, Ashley added another and repeated, until there were about ten layers total, and she was left with a gorgeous and unique floor.