my inspiration for our son’s floor project came from the April 2011 issue of Cottages & Bungalows
isn’t that the way it always goes?
see it & want it
this time…we followed through.
They weren’t kidding!
However they could have also added other adjectives; like…
weekend project ?
It was more like a weekend and a couple of extra days. but still, most of the hard work was done in two days. I mean lets face it, most of the work was getting the room ready to do the process!
what is that old adage? 90% prep 10% process
the list of supplies you will need for a 11′ x 12′ room…
1- 35″ x 166′ roll of brown Builder’s Paper
(they say painters paper, but Builders paper is thicker)
1 gallon white glue (Elmer’s was suggested & that’s what we used)
1 gallon of water based poly-urethane satin finish
3″ paint brush
4″ paint brush attached to an old broom handle or stick
small plastic trashcan
razor knife or small sharp scissors (to trim access around door frames)
stir stick & knee pads (a must)
Prepare floor for treatment by patching holes and any cracks larger than 1/8″…see information about patching cement floors here. Remove any access paint or drywall splatter that’s been hidden under carpeting. Remove baseboards. I’m sure you can do this treatment with baseboards in tact but we were replacing so we were working without baseboards. It makes application easy because you’re not having to slide wet paper up under something and your will have a large gap between floor and baseboard if you don’t remove them. Vacuum and you are ready to go.
Unroll a bit of the brown builder’s paper and tear into strips about 12″ width. It helps to do this on a table, easier on the back.
I was using a straight edge to get a nice tear and then realized I didn’t want perfect 12 x 12 squares. but you will want to use any straight edges of paper for the perimeter of room. it’s just easier that way. tear the strips of paper into 3 to 4 random sizes. Next you will crumpled the paper pieces
and open to stack for use.
We are planning on doing this floor treatment in two other room in our home to we found the gallon size of Elmer’s glue online at Discount School Supply and bought two gallons, shipped right to our door.
Prepare glue mixture by using 1 part glue to 3 parts water.
Let the fun begin!
You will want to start at the farthest corner of the room and work toward the door for obvious reasons. For our project we began the first section in the closet and work toward the back wall.
NOTE: The paper will wrinkle this is normal and will flatten out when dry. don’t freak about the wrinkles it will look awesome! Promise!
Now you’re ready to lay the second piece…and third…working along the edges.Continue adding paper…overlapping and in random order once you have the perimeter done. This was the process for the closet because it was a very tight space, so we worked on the perimeter then filled in the middle working our way out of the closet.
this has to dry completely before going in and applying the poly-urethane.
here’s a breakdown of cost so far…
factored out for this room because we bought materials for three rooms and that grand total was about $85 for all the materials.
we bought two rolls of Builder’s paper at Sherwin Williams because we had a 40% coupon, that cost was about $15.00 total
the glue was $9.99/ea. add shipping…total cost $26.98
Everything else we had on hand…so far we’ve spent $10.50 on this room’s floor treatment.
stay tuned for Phase 2!
written and photographed by Jami Boys
her blog & floor post here at the The Oregon Cottage
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