The long awaited moment is here. I can finally reveal my paper bag flooring. I will be giving a super brief tutorial. But if you want major details I highly suggest heading over to The Ultimate Brown Paper Flooring Guide . This guide is very detailed and can help you decide if you want to take the leap and install these unique but awesome floors.
Why Paper Bag Flooring?
I decided I could not stand the dirty carpet in my playroom any longer. We create and play so much in this room it was really just pointless to try to keep it clean. It just wasn’t going to happen. But what type of flooring could I install that would be durable, inexpensive but still look nice. I thought about painting the floors like mom painted her porch. I love the look but I just couldn’t decide on a pattern that would work for my huge room.
I decided to search for other options. Pinterest was a huge help and that is where I found the awesome tutorial above. I felt like the paper bag flooring would look sophisticated even for the super low cost. I also went int with the expectation that these floors would not be flawless or perfect.
If you go in to this knowing that the floors will be imperfect and that this is a lot of tedious messy work then you will be happy with your floors.
So let’s get started.
Now that you have removed all your carpet or existing flooring you are almost ready to start your floors but first a few simple steps.
Sweep, Vacuum and Sweep some more. Get all the dirt and debris off of your floors.
Patch any gaps in your floors with DAP Flooring Patch. But make sure you remove all extra DAP by scraping it off. You don’t want to have to sand and this stuff does not shrink.
Items Needed for Paper Bag Flooring
- Elmer’s Glue-All Multi-Purpose Glue, 1 Gallon, White (E1326)
- Builder’s Paper
- Lamb’s Wool Block and Pad
- Extra Lambs wool Pad
- Extension pole
- 3 inch chip brush
- roller tray
For this room which is about 600 sq feet the cost was $200 I had to buy two gallons of glue, this also includes buying adhesive and quarter round to finish off the baseboards.
Take a Look at a few pictures followed by a quick step by step installation guide.
Balled up Paper
Spreading Glue on Floor and Laying Paper soaked in Glue
Steps for Installing a Paper Bag Floor
- Rip lots of paper in large stone like shapes
- Crunch paper in to balls
- Mix 3 to 1 water to glue mixture (3 parts water to 1 part glue0
- Using Chip Brush spread mixture on a small section of subfloor
- Dip paper ball in to mixture
- Spread Paper ball out on top of wet section of floor
- Repeat about a million and one times
- Let Room Dry Over Night
- Fix any paper that did not adhere (this will probably happen please don’t cry)
Finishing Paper Bag Flooring
You have two options you can leave the floor as is and apply your sealer with your lambswool application and extension pole or you can stain the floor then seal.
- Stain Floor edges and corners using chip brush for application
- Using rolling pan, extension pole and lambswool applicator stain the rest of the floor
- Let Dry
- Switch to a new lambswool applicator
- Pour sealer in to new pan
- Apply sealer to the entire Floor working your way out of the room.
- Let Dry 24 hours
- If you have a gap between your baseboards and flooring you will have to buy quarter round. I used a strong adhesive to attach the quarter round to the floor and molding. I also had to buy a saw and mitre box. These materials added extra to the final cost. However if you do not have this issue your floors will be under $200.
I do believe that the paper has two sides. Don’t ask me which is which because I have no idea. After finishing the room I had a huge section that didn’t adhere and that looked weird. After reading the ultimate guide of paper bag flooring as mentioned above that was the only solution I could come to.
There are still areas where you can see bumps, nail heads and imperfections. I’m ok with that.
The floors are extremely durable and we are super pleased with them.
I was also able to cover the bottom part of the step that leads in to the playroom. The top part of the step is painted black.
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