Paper Bag Floors; A Step by Step Tutorial

Welcome to the first post of my (seven-part) paper bag floor series! Here you will find more information than you ever wanted to know about installing paper flooring in your home.

What is a paper bag floor?

aper bag flooring is a do-it-yourself flooring solution that is made out of paper, glue, stain (optional), and sealer.

Here is what my floor looked like after it was finished (and before baseboards and furniture were added back into the room).

How to install a paper bag floor

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- Kraft Paper Elmers Glue  - Oil-based stain  - Water-based floor polyurethane - Something to apply the stain and polyurethane

 Materials needed

The first thing I did was empty the boy’s room and rip out all the trim. We were planning on replacing the trim anyway, but even if you aren’t I would remove it and then replace it when the floor is complete, that would be much easier than trying to work around it.

 No matter what type of floor you have, make sure you fill any cracks (literally every imperfection/unevenness, crack, etc will show through), decide if you should gently sand for smoothness/adhesion, and make sure it is as clean as it can possibly be.

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