To all the DIY-enthusiasts and well, the ones who are not so enthusiastic too, listen up! Here is a piece of art, a do-it-yourself that requires some patience and which can look like an excellent piece of craftsmanship. This woman did it on her son's bedroom floor and it looks so amazing, I guess I am going to do it on my bedroom floor too!
Here, look, listen, learn and once you're done, feel like a genius!
A roll of brown paper, a gallon of Elmer's glue, Water, Oil-based stain, Bona Traffic (sealant), Something to apply stain and Bona Traffic. If you are going to do it on concrete, you might require a small amount of concrete mix, patch holes, pole sander and sandpaper.
Remove everything from your working space. And by everything, we mean everything, right from carpets to the trim along the floor.
Use a small batch of concrete mix to fill in any holes in the floor, then dust it with sand. If you are working on a concrete floor, you might require to seal it with a coat of floor paint.
And we would suggest you to do it with hands rather than scissors. It would look more natural that way.
The more creases you get, the better you have done it! Then, flatten out the paper. These creases and wrinkles will stay later and give your work a leathery look, but more about that later...
Yes, mix the glue, prepare it yourself! Get an even mixture of water and glue, but a 3 to 1 ratio should work well if you are working on wooden floors.
Apply glue to the paper with your hands and start spreading the pieces out on your floor. See that the same texture of paper is being used and look out for bubbles! This is going to take time and it is likely to nibble at your patience, but reader, this is the most important step.
To make your floor look more rich, and classy, apply a handsome stain. Allow it to dry.
This is very tricky. When this woman sealed her floor, she used water-based floor polyurethane. She applied 10 layers of it on the floor to make it look good and it did, but later, it didn't look so good. So in another room, she sealed the floor using Bona Traffic, and it looked a little better. Like this.
But see that you know what you're using as a sealant. In case of Bona Traffic, you have to use it all within 4 hours. Be careful there.
This is the real test of patience. Wait until you believe that it has completely cured and after that, wait more. A little patience is always better than a DIY gone wrong, no?
But see that you are doing it carefully, with minimum disturbance to the floor.
Look at your floor and feel like a craftsman. Attaboy!