The flooring of a house can often be one of the most expensive to do. Most of the options are expensive and require a proper renovation of the house. For those of us who have restricted resources, the options become very limited. However, thanks to DIY, there are good flooring options available that are not only affordable but also easy to do.
Here is a great and affordable DIY flooring idea for you to try:
DIY Paper flooring
- Builder’s Paper
- 1 quart Minwax Dark Walnut Oil Stain
- Elmers Glue-All
- Wood Grain Tool
- 1 gallon Minwax Polycrylic in Satin/ Minwax Super-Fast-Drying Polyurethane for Floors or Minwax Water-Based Polyurethane for Floors
- A small amount of paint for creating faux bois technique (can use Sealskin by Sherwin Williams).
- Cut strips of paper enough to cover the entire room. The more crinkled the paper is the more distressed it looks.
- Take a plank of wood as a measure to cut the paper into plank size.
- Place the plank on the paper and cut along the line.
- Repeat till you have enough planks for the entire room.
- For a reclaimed wood look, wood grain is required. For this apply a faux bois paint technique to your planks, and allow them to dry completely.
- Add paint to a container and add enough water so that when you paint your plank, the paint slides easily and quickly. It doesn’t need to be as thick as normal paint.
- Paint the plank from top to bottom with enough paint to cover the paper. Just a thin coat, enough to cover the paper will suffice.
- For a grainy look, take the wood graining tool and, use the backside with fine teeth, pull the tool from top to bottom to get fine lines on the planks. You need to be quick as the paint dries off fast.
- To get wooden knots, pull the other side of the wood graining tool over the lines you just made, and slightly rock as you make lines. The more you rock, the more knots you will have.
- Let dry completely, this takes about an hour or half.
- Remove all the previous flooring from the room including the carpet, staples, pads, and everything. Scrub clean the floor well.
- Screw down hardboard panels. Apply putty on the seams and screw the holes with wood filler and sand until they are smooth.
- To prepare the glue, add 1 cup Elmer’s Glue-All to every 3 cups of water. Make just enough of this mixture as you need, the extra can’t be used. The papers need to be completely submerged in the mix. Mix thoroughly. In another small paint tray, mix 1 cup glue to 3/4 c water separately.
- Immerse the paper plank into the bucket of glue/water mixture until thoroughly wet. Let it soften and relax the paper. Let it be submerged for 10 minutes, wet enough paper to work with. Lay the paper on a towel or side of the bucket until you are ready.
- With a paintbrush, use the glue mixture from the paint tray and paint onto the floor where the plank will go. A thin coat of glue is good enough as the paper also has glue on it. Lay down the plank and use a squeegee to gently remove any extra glue or water under the paper, wipe up and repeat. This process ensures that the plank is completely glued down, without bubbles and wrinkles.
- Place the boards as close as you can when laying the planks.
- Let the floor dry completely. A couple of hours or overnight is good. Fill the gaps between the planks by dabbing it with the glue and water mixture.
- Once dried, apply the stain! Use an old paintbrush or a rag to stain the floor completely.
- Once done with the staining, apply the polyacrylic with a brush. Apply a sufficient number of coats depending on the foot traffic in the room, a minimum of 7 coats works fine.
- For reclaimed wood look nail down small furniture tacks.
This is an affordable DIY flooring that you too can try at your home if you’re planning to change the flooring.