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DIY PAPER BAG FLOORS THAT LOOK LIKE STAINED CONCRETE

11 Feb

Project: Brown paper bag floors stained to look like stained concrete.

Costs: Less than $100 to do a normal sized dining room floor. (Seriously!)

Goal: To not have to rip up the floor after killing my back because it looked cheap and stupid.

Outcome: Freaking amazing!

Brown paper bags– you know the stuff. Your groceries were placed in them when we were kids during the pre reusable bags era. However, for this project I cheated and used a roll of brown paper that I purchased from Hobby Lobby– aka– my favorite place on earth and if only I had more time.

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For the adhesive, I went to Home Depot and purchased wall paper glue. Then I watered it down a bit to make it less thick. 4:1 ratio glue: water. I just used mini wax stain that I picked up at HD as well. Lesson learned– let the glue dry over night as the sections that have had longer to dry will stain a different color than those sections that you did the same day. Be patient. I believe I used mocha on this project. I did not use the darkest stain– one step down– but it was brown without any red tones. I wanted more of a rustic look. Also, I used a rag and blotted to get the right color and texture. Well worth the work as it looked so much better blotted than painted or rolled on. As for the top coat– I used boring basic poly and just poured some out if the gallon can and rolled it on coat after coat. It was “fast drying” so I was able to get one coat on first thing in the am and then another right b4 heading off to bed. I did this for about 5 days (8-10 coats) because it’s a high traffic area and I really wanted to preserve the days of hard work. I used a high gloss because I like shiny– and I want to say the poly was made specifically for floors. The poly was by far the most expensive item for the project. Total time from pulling carpet to my first coat of Poly was 2 days– should have been 3 had I let the glue cure for a day. And 5 days of rolling on poly/- but this was easy– 10 minutes per application after the first one where I did hand brush around the edges first.

Update: Over a year later and the floor still looks amazing!! 5/14/2014!!

 
9 Comments

Posted by on February 11, 2013 in DIY

 

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9 responses to “DIY PAPER BAG FLOORS THAT LOOK LIKE STAINED CONCRETE

  1. Phoenix

    July 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Doing this in my home on the walls although painting with an oil based Kiltz then latex paint. The floors will probably look a lot like this. What no one tells anyone is how bad the smell of this paper is during the process. Wet cardboard. GROSS!

     
    • momdepot

      February 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      The worst part for me was the part when I was staining. I had to sleep with all the windows open for a few days. I’m not sure if they make a low odor stain… But purchase if they do. It was horrible!!

       
    • dmb

      April 19, 2014 at 5:02 am

      Small price to pay for a cool looking floor with minimal cost!

       
  2. Judy Myers

    October 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Looks great!!!!! Trying this in a room now- What color stain did you use. I love the color.

     
    • momdepot

      February 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Sorry for the delay in responding. I used mocha (mini wax) that I picked up in HD. Use a rag and blot it on. Gives you better control of the color.

       
  3. lisa

    February 18, 2014 at 5:46 am

    what did you use for stain.. what did you use for adhesive, what did you use for final coat ??? omg.. I it is beautiful..i want to copy !!!

     
    • momdepot

      February 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Unfortunately my details somehow ended up deleted. Sigh. For the adhesive, I went to Home Depot and purchased wall paper glue. Then I watered it down a bit to make it less thick. 4:1 ratio glue: water. I just used mini wax stain that I picked up at HD as well. Lesson learned– let the glue dry over night as the sections that have had longer to dry will stain a different color than those sections that you did the same day. Be patient. I believe I used mocha on this project. I did not use the darkest stain– one step down– but it was brown without any red tones. I wanted more of a rustic look. Also, I used a rag and blotted to get the right color and texture. Well worth the work as it looked so much better blotted than painted or rolled on. As for the top coat– I used boring basic poly and just poured some out if the gallon can and rolled it on coat after coat. It was “fast drying” so I was able to get one coat on first thing in the am and then another right b4 heading off to bed. I did this for about 5 days (8-10 coats) because it’s a high traffic area and I really wanted to preserve the days of hard work. I used a high gloss because I like shiny– and I want to say the poly was made specifically for floors. The poly was by far the most expensive item for the project. Total time from pulling carpet to my first coat of Poly was 2 days– should have been 3 had I let the glue cure for a day. And 5 days of rolling on poly/- but this was easy– 10 minutes per application after the first one where I did hand brush around the edges first.

       
      • Lynn Lesser

        May 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        Thank you so much for sharing,
        I have been contemplating my plan of action
        for a while now, finally have enough paper bags saved up
        to do a small bathroom, for starters.
        I love the way your floor turned out. Good tip with the hand
        blotting. 8 to 10 coats that is alot of poly gloss. Do you have
        dogs? I do. How are you floor holding up so far?
        Thanks in advance,
        Lynn Lesser

         
      • momdepot

        May 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        Thank you Lynn. I used the fast drying Poly so it wasn’t too bad– and after all of that work, I wanted to make sure it was protected! I didn’t even go through a gallon of poly–

        Dogs– no I do not. I would suggest you add a fresh coat of poly at least annually to keep it from wearing out. Also, if there is a bathtub in the bathroom, make sure you caulk the edges well as I am not sure how the floors will respond to a high humitdity area and the edges are absolutely the only issue with this project.

        As for wear and tear… The edges curl up sometimes– nothing major, but I can zone in on it pretty quickly. Had I put some trim around the edges it would be a non issue. I just add some glue under and add a touch up with the left over poly. I did add a rug in front of the couch we have in the room to avoid to much wear and tear. So far, it’s great and holding up well. Everyone absolutely loves in when they walk into the house.

         

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