Paper bag flooring -- also known as paper bag floor or brown paper bag floor -- may be a little time consuming, but it's well worth the effort and there are some tricks that can be used to make the applying process go a little more hassle free. Grace Lauer has perfected this technique and shares step by step directions via her unique and informative blog.
Paper bag flooring is a low cost DIY alternative to buying hardwood floors or expensive tile. The imperfection of the torn bag look can be very attractive whether your décor is rustic or contemporary and it can even resemble a stamped concrete stone effect by applying in various size pieces.
Prepping a Wood Sub Floor
If you have removed existing flooring such as carpet, linoleum or tile from the floor, its important to use a floor scraper to get all glue or stuck on padding from the surface of the floor first. It may take a little elbow grease, but with the proper tools you'll make quick time of the job.
When applying directly to a plank wood surface, clean the floor thoroughly with soap and water and then sand any raised portions of the floor making it as flat as possible. Doing this will help the paper adhere later when your trying to apply your decoupage. After sanding, make sure to fill in any gaps or holes in the floor with wood filler and re-sand. Vacuum up any remaining dust and your ready to get started with the fun part.
Prepping a Concrete Sub Floor
When working with concrete floors to put paper bag flooring over concrete, make sure to fill in any cracks or chipped areas around the edges or perimeter of the room.