Decorative Flooring on a Budget Using Paper Bags 

brown paper flooring technique

Paper bag flooring on wood and concrete is a method that can change your floors from dull to bling. These floorings are a low-cost DIY alternative to purchasing hardwood floors or the more expensive tiles. The imperfection of a torn bag’s appearance may be very attractive whether your design is contemporary or rustic, and it can as well resemble a stamped concrete stone flooring effect. 


Preparing a Wood Sub-Floor 

If you remove an existing flooring like carpet, tile or linoleum from the floor, it is crucial to use a floor scraper to stick on padding from the floor covering the surface. When applied directly to a wooden surface, thoroughly clean the flooring with soap and water. After that, sand off any raised areas of the floor to make it as flat as possible. Doing this helps the paper to adhere later when you are trying to install your decoupage.  


Preparing a Concrete Sub-Floor 

When dealing with concrete flooring to put paper bag flooring over concrete, ensure you fill in every chipped area or cracks around the edges of the room. Applying this technique to concrete is somewhat challenging compared to wood floor, due to dampness factors that promote the lifting of paper edging. However, you can avoid this by using following the proper steps.  


Drying Clear Polyurethane Gloss Seal 

Once the filler is dried and swept up, you need to add a thin coat of polyurethane and allow it dry for an average of twelve hours. The initial layer is essential as it offers a smoother base for the pieces of a paper bag to stick to and it, and seal better. While waiting for the floor to dry, you may enlist the help of more helpers at your local hardware store.  


Applying the Brown Shipping 

Secondly, before you begin to lay out the brown paper, you need to decide on the kind of brown paper bag flooring design you prefer. If you desire to have your paper bag floor looking like stone, then you should utilize different sizes, ranging from small to large.  

  • Application Technique 1  

Crumple your paper, and then dip it into a solution of glue and water. Crumpling of the paper bags would help the mixture soak into the paper, making it more flexible. Maintain working on four to five pieces at a go. After dipping in glue once, crumple the paper bag again before you remove it from the mixture for application. You may scrub glue on every side and give the paper enough time to soak. It works well when glue is allowed to soak into the craft paper before arranging the pieces of paper.  

  • Application Technique 2 

This particular method involves the use of similar equipment and ingredients, with the only difference being that you will be pre-staining the paper with color stains before dipping it into the glue solution. Some individuals prefer to pre-stain these pieces rather than brushing on the stain. There are benefits associated with pre-staining the pieces, as it gives these pieces a more seamless and uniform color that can help you avoid messing up.  

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