Creative and cheap flooring technique!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Mid Willamette

What do you think created this floor?

paper bag floor recycled floor

You would never guess this was a recycled floor huh?

This is the faux leather flooring technique created with brown paper bags!!

You can find specific details on how to create this amazing home project here.

all you need to get started is

  • Paper bags or a roll of brown Kraft paper from the postal supply aisle (enough to cover your entire floor, with some overlapping)
  • Gallon of water based polyurethane (I recommend Minwax Polycrylic, or Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane)
  • Scissors
  • Old work clothes

First you clear out the room you want to improve. Wash the floor best as possible and start tearing up the bags in irregular shapes. Crumble up the paper cuttings to give it some texture and then spread them out flat. Using polyurathane, spread a small amount on the floor, place a peice of the paper into it wihile it is wet and then put more on top, smoothing it as you go. Continue to lay peices down, smooth out the bubles and use a straight edge to trim around the walls. For finishing techniques, click the link above and let your imagination RUN!!



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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

This is a wonderful idea! Where didyou get it?

Dec 27, 2008 11:24 PM #1
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Hi Kaire - What an interesting idea.  The website you referred to in your blog had a photo of the project as well, which looked much different than your photo -- what do you attribute the difference too?  I assume you put this onto well adhered linoleum?  This is great!

I had a horrible laundry room with 1970''s tile that was adhered well and I painted it, gave it a faux effect, polyurethaned it - and it was wonderful for years. 

Dec 27, 2008 11:39 PM #2
Kaire Downin
Keller Williams Realty Mid Willamette - Lebanon, OR

I think the coloration difference has to do with whether or not you use a wood stain to finish as well as the polyurathane. There are several websites with instructions, I just picked one that seemed easy and complete.  You could even color the paper before putting it down, let the kiddos draw on it and stuff. I found out about this technique on another list I was on years ago. I wanted to do it but the husband vetoed it.... 8-(

Dec 28, 2008 03:45 AM #3
Melina Tomson
Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon - Salem, OR
Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.

A before and after picture would have been cool for people to see the difference.  What a great idea. 

Dec 29, 2008 01:37 PM #4
Deb Hurt
Realty Pro Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM
ABR, e-Pro,Green, TRC

This is a fun idea. You could use any kind of paper to do this and get different effects if you wanted to. Thanks for sharing a really cool, inexpensive idea.

Dec 31, 2008 03:27 AM #5

what type of flooring can you cover? or does all flooring have to be taken up ?



Jun 10, 2010 07:28 AM #6

I was wondering how did you smooth out the bubbles after applying the polyeurathane without making the paper stick to your utensil? Thank you!

Apr 15, 2011 12:50 PM #7
Hardwood Orang

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Oct 18, 2013 09:55 PM #8
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