The Japanese learned early on how elegant paper walls accentuated grace in the home. Now we are seeing floors made from paper – paper bags. It sounds like trash, but it looks fantastic. Despite the paper floor’s lush appearance, these floors do not require brilliant artisans. The average person with enough work ethic can do all by himself.
A professional looking floor is easy to make! All you need is time, paper, a straight edge, water-based polyurethane, and a pair of scissors. Don’t let a big project like this scare you.
Wash and scrub the floor.
Cut paper bags into irregular shapes.
Crinkle them to add veins and texture.
Stomp them or roll them down flat.
Spread polyurethane on floor in a small initial area with either a brush or your hands.
Place flattened paper on top.
Add another layer of polyurethane.
Flatten out the bubbles and use a straight edge when you rub up against the wall.
Recoat the polyurethane every hour until you’ve added four coats.
Leave it alone for 24 hours! If you see any bubbles popping up, you can poke them with the tip of a needle.
This medium could be taken to incredible levels. Imagine a floor made of red crinkled paper stained with dark brown. Or someone could whip up a floor made of multi-colored paper circles. Cut all kinds of interesting shapes into your paper and when guests ask who did the floor, you can say you did it yourself in a day.
For floors made of 100 percent recycled materials, you may also consider a type of linoleum floor, marmoleum. It’s great for people with allergies or asthma. It comes in all kinds of deep or pastel colors. You can get creative with this green floor and not worry about it giving off foul or toxic odors.
How tragic that not everyone has the time to take on this project. There are sites that offer the service for a very low price. If you’re interested in investing some dime into renovating your floor, stone tile produces a down-to-earth, old world atmosphere.
Hardwood and softwood look gorgeous in dining rooms and behave the best over time. They give any room that earthy feeling. I’ve always appreciated how these floors reflect the light.
Wood, stone, paper, whichever organic substance strikes your fancy will make your home feel more alive and part of nature.