********If you are new to my paper floors, please read this first**********

Yes, I’ve completed 1 out of 3 rooms. UGH when I write it like that it doesn’t seem like a huge accomplishment after all. Nevertheless, I am feeling pretty good about the results so I’ll share.

Before, the BLAH carpet really didn’t do much to add punch to my Moroccan inspired space:

For the how to, check out my Ultimate Paper Flooring Guide. More details can be found in this post and this post. The updated hallway view…ignore the awkward hallway furniture and jagged carpet edge for now.

This room is hard to photograph, but here are a few more shots.

Here’s a pre-furniture floor shot.

Obviously we will need to install shoe molding at the bottom of the baseboards, but I think we’ll wait on that until all the floors have been done. But I LOVE how it looks under furniture- which gives me a tad more motivation to tackle the next two rooms. Still to do in the guest room though: repaint the night stand, find a dresser or other type of storage, and lower the hem on the curtains.

So what’s the verdict? This is the first space I’ve done which has furniture!

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13 Responses

  1. Laurie

    I am loving your floors. We have a guest room where the carpet is shot and we can’t afford new carpeting right now. I’m thinking this may be the solution. One question I have about your stairs. Are they slippery? Thanks.

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      Laurie- I don’t think they’re any more slippery than our wood floors. We go up and down with socks and bare feet all the time. I think for a room especially it would be less “risky.” Good luck!

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  2. April Robinson

    These floors look amazing. I would never have guessed that they were made from paper.

    One question – do you have to use the paper from the home improvement store? If I were to save up all my used bags from WholeFoods, could I use those instead or would the paper not be the right quality? (Just in an Earth Day kind of mood, so I thought I’d ask)

    April
    The Flooring Wholesalers Wife

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      April- I think it would be awesome to use actual paper bags! It’s definitely doable, just try to use the same brand because I bet they vary in thickness. Also I think you’d want to rip out any logos/writing because I’m not sure they wouldn’t show through the paper in the end. But if you use bags, definitely come back here and share because I’d love it if someone tried this! I used craft paper because we have such a large area to cover and we use the fabric bags.

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    • Kalo

      Hi All

      I did paper floor in a 11 x 23′ former carport that prev owner had enclosed. Wanted to do tile but the floor (concrete) was too uneven I found when I ripped up the old carpet and scraped the glue. So I washed it, painted with tan concrete paint then my daughter came down from Baltimore and we tore up old paper shopping bags and drank a lot of wine while we stuck down different sized pieces. About 1/5 into it (the floor not the wine), decided to determine if we would run out of paper based on how many bags used to that point. Yes. So went out, bought two rolls of kraft paper and interspersed all the different kinds of paper. By then, we were somewhat toasted. I had a beautiful last year calendar of Tiffany stained glass so we cut squares of it and stuck those down (we used Elmer’s glue + water about half and half for the whole project) and it looked like inlaid tile. Then I asked Allison to use a gold marker and draw moorish designs around each tile. Next day (over a couple days), I put on 6 coats of polyurethane (water-based). The floor is 12 or 13 years old. Still hangin’ in there. Never recoated. People still admiring my “stone” floor. I sweep it, wash it occasionally with water/a little vinegar.

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      • Angie Williams

        Kalo, I would LOVE to see pics! What a great idea!

  3. Kayla

    I’m seriously in love with this technique! I’ve been watching all of your floor makeovers, and it just amazes me how something so simple can transform your rooms! Fabulous job, keep up the awesome work!

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  4. Kimberly

    LOVE it! They look amazing. I am contemplating doing this to our Guest and Master Bathrooms (guessing it won’t work on the vinyl floor so I’ll have to pull that up first in order to expose the concrete slab – sigh).

    Great job – love the color!

    XO,
    Kimberly

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      Kimberly- I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on vinyl, assuming it’s in good shape (i.e. not peeling/cracking). I’d just rough it up with sandpaper and try it!

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  5. Pat

    Rachael~
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR FLOORS!

    I have a bathroom …We’re empty nesters…so we don’t splash around a lot in there… You’d think it would hold up to a bathroom environment? (ie: wet?) LOL…
    also, I’ve got a problem spot around my wood burning stove I’ve been looking for a really pretty, but economical solution. This is running a close second!
    I think you did a fantastic job.
    YOu need to be sure and post in the future how it is holding up!

    came over from FJI

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      Pat- I know of people who have done this in bathrooms. I think they used oil based poly though, so that might make it more suitable for a wet environment.

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  6. T. Jones

    My 16 x 40 portable bldg., just arrived and I just found your site. I am contemplating doing this for my flooring. This is for a new age store that I own. We are small, my concern is actually the wet foot traffic. How do you think it will hold up?

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