First Name You are here: I thought it was about time to address some of the most common questions people have about this easy, affordable, and beautiful flooring option. Before I get to the specific questions, I want to emphasize a couple of points that answer most general questions: If there is no out-of-the-way place to do it, get a piece of material that is the same as the surface you want to cover and try it.
Seriously, is there a club for people like me? It all started with my desire to get rid of the carpet in our house. The main floor has hardwood, but the whole upstairs plus the staircase is all carpet.
I started seeing more and more staircase makeovers in blog land where dingy carpet was ripped up to reveal lovely hardwood treads just waiting for some TLC.
No such luck here, as a quick peek under our carpet revealed mdf. It would be impossible to remove the carpet upstairs without addressing the stairs, so I was losing hope.
Ridding the house of carpet was becoming more and more of a pipe dream until I picked up an issue of Cottages and Bungalows and saw this: Jami from An Oregon Cottage had been featured in the magazine for her unique floor treatment using brown craft paper.
The more I thought about it, the more I was in love with this alternative look-the paper can even be stained for a custom finish! I wanted to give the look a test drive, so I decided to give our previously painted basement stairs a makeover. I started by painting the risers white, then gathered my supplies for the paper bagging: Begin by tearing pieces of brown paper.
Tear the middle portion of the roll into similar pieces.
I used two grocery bags to keep my pieces separates, crumpling each piece into a ball before it went in. Mix up a bowl of glue using a 3: Working on the perimeter first straight edgesdrop the paper balls into the glue and squeeze them gently like a sponge.
Keep dipping and squeezing until the paper is saturated, then flatten it out and squeegee it with your hands. Lay your pieces down as if you were decoupaging, overlapping in areas. Be sure to smooth out wrinkles although some will crop up during the drying process, they will likely disappear later and air bubbles.
I did every other stair so we could still use them. Once everything is done, allow hours for it to dry completely. Apply at least 6 coats of water based polyurethane, lightly sanding between each coat if you want I only sanded between the 5th and the 6th.
After the stairs were done, I repainted the stairwell with my fav color: Burnished Clay by Behr.
It would have been easier to paint before I did the stairs note to selfbut I was able to get it done without too many issues. Would you ever try this technique on your floors? A piece of furniture? What an inexpensive solution to a decorating dilemma, Rachael!!
Thanks for sharing it with us. Some other great ideas Rachael has shared are:Brown Paper Floor Technique: FAQs Our most viewed post and video, by far, is the Brown/Kraft Paper DIY Alternative to Wood Flooring tutorial: how to cover a floor in brown kraft paper to create a great, leather-looking surface.
AFTER BEFORE If you hate carpets and have a particle wood sub flooring this is the post for you! I have decided to rip out carpet! Particularly because I have grape juice stains in about two rooms We live on a busy ranch and the carpet is just trashed despite bringing in carpet shampooers and my personal.
Trimaco's 48 in. x ft. Flooring Paper is a lighter alternative to Builder's Paper. This paper is larger in size and ideal for larger projects/5(4). FLOOR PREPARATION.
The key to success with a paper bag floor is to start with the right subfloor. Brown craft paper adheres best to—and lasts longest on—a plywood subfloor. Find and save ideas about Paper bag flooring on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Brown paper bag floor, Paper flooring and Brown bag floors.
Brown Paper Floor Technique: FAQs Our most viewed post and video, by far, is the Brown/Kraft Paper DIY Alternative to Wood Flooring tutorial: how to cover a floor in brown kraft paper to create a great, leather-looking surface.