I love DIY projects and before kids, my hubs and I remodeled our first house. Like down to the studs sort of a remodel. But after kids….Let’s be real! Time is just not there. So we’ve been living for the last 6-7 years with half completed projects. But this last month we got all amped up to get some of these projects done. And while I’m being honest, the daily tasks of the household really went by the wayside BUT we made some major progress.
So here’s my most recent project. I had a carpeted front porch that I scraped clean of all the carpet a few years ago and it’s been plain concrete since. But we got a new door and I couldn’t leave it!
So….I did a DIY project and am so happy with the way it turned out.
Want to try it out?
- Paper Craft Roll (You can cut strips or just get the 6″ size I used)
- Faux Wood Grain Tool
- Paint colors of your choice (I used paint samples from when we were choosing our house color but you could use something different like crafter’s paint)
- High Traffic Polyurethane Satin Finish (I used exterior but if you are doing indoors you could use interior)
- Elmer’s Glue
- Paint Brush
- To start, I painted the lighter color on the strips of craft paper and let it dry.
- Paint the second color over and follow the instructions on your faux grain tool to make the wood grain. (I had to experiment with this a little bit so give yourself some extra strips to play with.
- Once they are dry, mix together 1 cup glue and 3 cups water. Dip all your painted strips into the glue mixture till completely wet.
- Mix 1 cup water and 1 cup glue together and paint mixture onto your floor surface. (PS-make sure your floor is really clean before you start this process)
- Lay down the strips of paper on the glue and use a squeegy tool to smooth out all bubbles.
- Continue process till floor surface is covered and let dry.
- Paint a layer of polyurethane over the floor following can directions.
- Continue with 8-10 layers (per can instructions).
- Tips! Clean each time you do a layer. I had to sand out some bugs and hairs and such. I even got a dirty foot print that I didn’t notice till it was already under polyurethane.
- Step back and admire your beautiful floor.
What do you think? Have you tried it? Would you try it?