An unusual and beautiful solution – a paper floor

What you need for work

Paper

To make the floor with your own hands, use kraft paper (packaging) or paper wallpaper. Both materials are cheap and available. Used packaging bags can be collected for a certain period of time and then used. For wallpaper coverings, old products that have turned yellow and aged right in the rolls are suitable.

Kraft paper is used to create an imitation of natural stone. To do this, it is torn into large pieces, crushed, creating bizarre kinks. Before use, the pieces are placed under a weight to slightly straighten them.

Wallpaper is applied directly in strips from rolls, if the pattern allows. Sometimes canvases are combined by color or texture. Thick, smooth products with imitation wood patterns are suitable for flooring. The end result is a homemade laminate.

Glue

To fix paper fragments, you need PVA, which is used to glue furniture parts together. For 5-6 sq.m. the surface to be glued will need 1 kg. The glue is diluted with water 1:1.

Advice! To check the quality of the glue and purchase the optimal composition, take 1 package and check it on site with the wallpaper (packaging) that will be glued.

When using PVA, it is important to ensure that the paper adheres firmly and that there are no stains from bleed-through glue.

Varnish

The varnish fixes the paper picture and protects it from damage during use. To create the original coating, a colorless parquet composition is used. Nowadays, preference is given to water-based products. They do not emit a strong specific odor and dry faster.

Stain

Wood stain is used to cover a paper floor to give it a certain color scheme and enhance the imitation of wood. The color of the pigment composition is chosen based on personal preferences and the desired result. Sometimes it is enough to buy colored varnish and not use stain.

We make a floor from wallpaper for pennies: it looks original and beautiful

It is believed that the cheapest and most accessible flooring material is linoleum. Of course, one cannot but agree with this, and besides, today there is a large assortment in stores. However, there is one much cheaper way to make a beautiful floor – using… ordinary wallpaper for the walls. It is immediately necessary to stipulate that the floors must be level, otherwise unevenness will be visible. The base must be concrete (not plywood, not fiberboard), then it must be filled, for example, with screed, then leveled and puttied, like the walls, since wallpaper will be pasted next. Read more about the process of creating the floor from wallpaper and see below.

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

For work you will need the following materials:

  • wallpaper;
  • PVA glue mixed with water;
  • acrylic varnish;
  • tassel.

Let’s get started:

1. Apply glue to a flat floor, and also apply glue to a piece of wallpaper. We paste the canvas as if on a wall and align it. On top, for reliability, we also apply a layer of PVA half and half with water.

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor
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An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor
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An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor
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2. At the end of the work, fix the floor with acrylic varnish (preferably in 3-5 layers), let it dry.

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor
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The floor can be easily washed, it does not deform. Of course, it is not warm, but if this is not an essential criterion, then a wallpaper floor has a right to exist as the cheapest and most accessible option. You can choose wallpaper to look like wood, like stone, with an interesting ornament – in a word, absolutely anything to suit your taste! These are the floors you can get from wallpaper:

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor
Youtube | Floor Covering with Wallpaper
An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor
Youtube | Floor Covering with Wallpaper
An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor
Youtube | Floor Covering with Wallpaper

For more information on creating a floor from wallpaper, see the video below:

A creative version of a wallpaper floor can be seen in this video:



How to make a floor out of paper

The procedure for creating a paper floor is as follows:

  • preparing the base.
  • cutting paper.
  • application of base material.
  • stain coating.
  • varnishing (3 times).

At the first stage, the base is examined. For a paper floor, only a flat, smooth surface is suitable: fiberboard, chipboard, plywood. The sheets must be firmly attached to the rough boards or joists, located in increments of 30-40 cm. The joints between individual fragments are filled with wood putty, rubbed, and glued with thin paper tape. The entire surface is coated with a primer. This will ensure better adhesion of the glue to the wooden structure.

The main work begins with preparing the paper:

  • packaging bags are torn randomly into small fragments, crumpled and placed under a press for smoothing. You will need a lot of these pieces. The calculation is based on the area of ​​the room.
  • old or new paper wallpaper can be glued with strips from factory rolls if the design suits you. they can be combined if desired. entire products are cut to the size of the room (the technology is similar to cutting canvases for walls).

PVA glue is diluted in a bucket of water at a ratio of 1:1. Sometimes they take more water – 1:2. To be more reliable, it is better to use the first proportion. The composition is poured into a container convenient for working with paper.

Coating process from package

  1. A piece of prepared kraft paper is dipped in an adhesive composition, applied to a wooden base and leveled by hand.

Advice! It is necessary to work with rubber gloves for skin safety.

  1. Another glue-soaked segment is combined with the first, trying to create a minimal joint. Stacking the paper on top of each other creates a thick overhanging edge. This is not advisable.

All fragments are carefully smoothed to avoid the formation of voids. This process is long and labor-intensive. It is used to cover small rooms, corridors, and hallways.

Wallpapering

Covering the floor with paper wallpaper is easier and faster.

  1. Roll out the roll, measure the strip along the length or width of the room. cut several pieces.
  2. Glue is applied to the wallpaper and the base of the floor.
  3. The canvases soaked in the fixing composition are placed on the surface and the bubbles are carefully removed using a roller or rag.

Attention! If air remains, the paper will subsequently tear and the desired effect will not be achieved.

  1. After all layers have been applied, the coating is allowed to dry for 1-2 days.

When the paper layer is completely dry, apply stain. This is done to change the color of the main product. Next, varnishing is carried out in three layers with each one completely dry. Before applying the varnish, wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove dust particles. They can ruin the appearance of the floor.

Paper flooring is an original covering that is made from waste with your own hands. There is room for creativity here. The result is always an exclusive flooring option. Its service life depends on compliance with the technology for applying each layer and the quality of the starting materials. It can last 20-25 years. If desired, you can reapply varnish after a while to refresh the surface.

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Do-it-yourself floor covering – wallpapering the floor – cheap and cheerful

DIY flooring
(Paper wallpaper floor)


An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

While digging around on the Internet, I found one wonderful site
“Do it yourself”

with many interesting finds on construction and repair, turning boring old things into designer ones. The author of the site turned out to be a very friendly person and helped me more than once, giving very detailed instructions when something didn’t work out for me.
All of the above directly relates to my attempt to make flooring with my own hands
from
wallpaper (which in itself causes a shock), the idea, description, different options for laying wallpaper and instructions for use I found there. This option flooring
with your own hands
was suitable for me for the reason that in my house, fiberboard and chipboard were already laid on top of the boards (in different rooms). This is one of the conditions for restoring the floor with wallpaper; it is clear that you cannot put wallpaper on the boards. Many houses built in Soviet times still have floors made of fiberboard or chipboard painted with floor paint.

Most
cheap but beautiful option for updating such floors

just a floor made of wallpaper.

In appearance, it is something between laminate and parquet, and if you don’t skimp on varnish, the floor will last you 15-20 years. I strongly recommend updating floors
one layer of varnish once every 1-2 years – the paper will not peel off or be damaged, and the floor will look like new every time, and painting with water-based acrylic parquet varnish is a pleasure and there is no harm to the health of yourself and your loved ones. In addition, the new generation of varnishes dries quickly (from 30 minutes to 3 hours maximum) and forms a dense, elastic, water-repellent film! It’s hard to believe, but the author of the idea has had wallpaper floors that have been serving faithfully since the early 90s. years, I was convinced of this personally when communicating with him recently on Skype.
On the website of the developer of the idea, it is recommended to use nitro varnish as a coating
wallpaper before gluing, so that the glue does not seep out and the paper does not come apart, it is also recommended

putty

made with your own hands
, since we need it to be strong and at the same time elastic, and we cannot trust unscrupulous manufacturers in this matter. See how to make putty by clicking on the link

“Do-it-yourself putty”





Seal seams and irregularities using a spatula. After drying for 3 to 8 hours (depending on the room temperature), the putty is sanded with sandpaper. When puttingtying the floor, you must initially remove excess raw mixture, as this will be much more difficult to do later.
Another important nuance


the floor surface must be smooth and very clean, all cuts, bumps and grains of sand will be visible, so you need to wash the floors well and vacuum thoroughly before wallpapering. If, after you have glued them, some unevenness becomes visible, cover the floor with matte parquet varnish, then the surface will look perfect.

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor


An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

Here I want to add some of my recommendations, mainly on painting, since I used to work as a painter of metal structures and can’t stand the smell of paints and solvents. And also,  I didn’t want my family to breathe these toxins.
Therefore, I risked making some changes, although in general the technology remained the same, only the varnish changed to water-based parquet
and one putty component


instead of PVA glue  I used panel water-based acrylic varnish,
which performed well in terms of strength and elasticity, and also significantly reduced drying time.
I took a water-based glossy panel varnish and pre-painted the wallpaper on the front side, and after drying, I opened it with liquid PVA glue (diluted one to two with water) on the inside. The essence of the process is to ensure that the wallpaper does not stick to the floor, but slides, providing a better fit to the joints. The wallpaper should be well saturated with glue until one strip is glued


another one is missed. Using technology, I coated the floor and wallpaper, placed the wallpaper on the coated floor and began to smooth it out. I used a shoe brush to expel the air from under the wallpaper; some bulges and bumps remained, since the wallpaper was soaked. In general, the main thing is not to leave wrinkles, smooth them out well, and the bulges will disappear when they dry.
If you do this flooring with your own hands
for the first time, then after the wallpaper has dried, air bubbles and wrinkles may remain in some places. I took liquid PVA glue into a syringe with a needle and, piercing the wallpaper in the place of the bubble, squeezed the glue out of the syringe and then smoothed it with a brush and expelled the excess glue from there. When the wallpaper is dry and these defects will not exist, but it is better not to create wrinkles in the first place! After drying, I applied a layer of water-based parquet varnish, diluted with water by 30%, this was the primer layer. Don’t be alarmed if the paper wrinkles in some places, everything will be fine after drying.
I just applied varnish to the last two layers (after screwing in the new skirting boards I had prepared), and nothing got wet or swelled anywhere! It felt like I was varnishing a solid wooden base! The floor looked like parquet! The main thing is to immediately smooth out wrinkles when gluing wallpaper, and water-based varnish has shown itself to be no worse than others.

Wallpaper should be exclusively paper, since any other wallpaper (for example, non-woven) will not allow the floor to breathe and may peel off without completely drying.



After the first room I really liked the result and I made the same floor covering
in two more, due to the fact that with minimal financial costs it turned out very cool! Many acquaintances put forward different versions about the origin of our floors: “Laminate?”, “Is this parquet?” It never occurs to anyone that these are simple paper wallpapers!

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

Material consumption:



Wallpaper – 3 rolls, costing 20 hryvnia per roll. And that’s 60 hryvnia.
Putty: 1 liter of water-based varnish – 36 hryvnia, 2 kilograms of chalk for 6 hryvnia,
PVA glue – 1 liter for 14 hryvnia. And that’s 56 hryvnia.
Water-based parquet varnish 25 liters for 250 hryvnia, and even 366 hryvnia!!! The area of ​​the room is approximately 16 square meters, before gluing the wallpaper was covered with varnish diluted with water in a ratio of almost 1:1, with a slight advantage in the direction of varnish, from the same can that was used for putty!
I also had to buy new skirting boards – 80 hryvnia, but I did not include this in the flooring bill, since they are purchased with any new flooring.
First flooring





I made from wallpaper
10.10.2021,
at that time I spent

366 hryvnia
or
$46
USD
by currencies
1
USD – 8UAH !

how it was done flooring
DIY wallpaper
watch in my video tutorial



Covering the floor with wallpaper step by step instructions

The author of the idea made these wallpaper floor coverings at home! You can read about this on the website
» Do it yourself » www.obumage.net





An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor

An unusual and beautiful solution - a paper floor