Hello, ATS! My friends just got a new place and have been redoing their floors. It's been a huge amount of work, what with moving stuff, ripping up
the old carpet, scraping, and pulling nails and tacks. That doesn't include the new flooring.
That brings me to the topic at hand. What they're doing is ripping pieces of brown contractor's paper up and dunking it in glue, and then laying it on
the floor. They're using a 2 part Elmer's white glue (big jugs sold at Lowes or most places like that) and 1 part water. The paper has to be
saturated. Crumple it up before dunking. Make sure that it's completely covered. Squeeze out any excess liquid but not too much. You want it wet but
not dripping all over the place. Then, unfold it so that the paper is flat and lay it down where you want it. Make sure that there are no wrinkles or
creases. You want a straight edge along the walls. The rest of the pieces are random shapes. When you lay them down, make sure that the pieces overlap
about 2 inches. Make sure that the floor is completely covered. Also, the pieces they were using were anywhere from 4 to 6 inches. They just did one
The glue will dry clear. It takes a day (24 hours) to dry. I guess you could use a dye on the paper if you want to add color but they just did it
plain brown paper. The end result is neat. You have all of these lines from the paper edges and with it being random shapes, it looks cool. After
that, put on some polyurethane to seal it. My friend is doing that tomorrow. It'll take 72 hours for that to dry before we can walk on it and move
stuff back into the room.
Now, it's a very messy process, as you can imagine. You don't want to wear any good clothes. They won't be the same again afterward.
This method dates back to the Great Depression in the 1930's when people didn't have a lot of money to work with. They typically used the paper
grocery bags but the contractor paper is about the same. Now, for some pics:
That's it. Neat, huh? If you have any questions, I'll pass them along to my friend and get them answered for you.
ETA: I should also note that the paper has a dark side and a light side. It's not always easy to tell which is which while you're laying it down
because both sides are covered with glue. If you can figure it out, and are of an artistic turn of mind, you might be able to make patterns with the
light and dark pieces, much like a mosaic. Anyway, I thought that it was a neat idea and thought that I'd pass it along to all of you.
19-5-2015 by Skid Mark because: (no reason given)
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