Set up your personal low cost fake wooden flooring utilizing brown paper and paint. Sure, you’ll be able to paint your flooring to seem like wooden utilizing this twist on a DIY paper bag flooring!

For extra faux wooden flooring options, learn extra about DIY plywood flooring and our wood-look waterproof flooring. 

DIY brown paper flooring, painted and stained faux wood plank flooring

Have you ever ever had an concept that was simply so loopy that you just knew that it could both be good or an enormous fats flop?

Our visitor right now is right here to share an enormous loopy BRILLIANT concept that labored and appears fantastic: a DIY fake wooden plank flooring, made utilizing brown paper and paint.

Chris’s twist on a DIY brown paper bag flooring appears like hardwood! Simply feast your eyes on the fake wooden flooring glory:

DIY Brown Paper Bag Faux Wood Flooring How To, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic

This publish incorporates some affiliate hyperlinks to your comfort.  Click on right here to learn our full disclosure coverage.

Fabulous, proper? It appears like wooden however prices a lot lower than hardwood, laminate -or- vinyl — simply brown paper, paint, and stain!

Questioning about different flooring choices? Learn extra about why we like actual hardwood flooring right here (plus ideas for putting in your personal). We’ve additionally put in luxurious vinyl tile and  wood-look vinyl planks for added water safety whereas nonetheless getting the look of hardwood. 

This DIY fake wooden flooring is a superb choice to save cash, whether or not it’s a budget-friendly long-term answer or a part of renovating in phases after you rip out gross carpet whilst you’re ready to put in a extra conventional flooring.

I’m so thrilled that Chris is right here right now to share the tutorial solely with our Remodelaholic group. Give her a heat welcome!

DIY faux wood flooring, brown paper bag floor with faux wood planks

DIY Fake Wooden Plank Brown Paper Flooring
by Chris of Freckle Face Woman

Get a printable PDF of this tutorial

Hello fellow Remodelaholics! I’m Chris and I weblog over at Freckle Face Woman and publish extra tasks on my Fb web page. I’m so excited to be a visitor at Remodelaholic right now!

I’m a freckle face mama of 4 and a lover of tasks. I feel I’m a project-aholic. They hold me sane on this busy lifetime of mine and they’re how I spend my “me” time. If I’m not engaged on a challenge, I’m fascinated with engaged on one!

A few of my latest favourite tasks are the DIY Black Rubbed Pottery Barn End in my boys shared bed room and my Ikea Chandelier hack with Rub ‘n Buff.

However, my absolute favourite is why I’m right here right now. It’s obtained to be my craziest one but!

DIY paper bag floor technique to paint faux wood flooring using brown paper wood planks

That is our workplace. And that’s my DIY brown paper flooring, that appears like wooden! Fake wooden plank flooring, on a dime!

This isn’t the room’s first transformation (keep in mind what I stated about liking tasks?).

That is after we moved in and threw all the pieces that didn’t have a house elsewhere, in right here.

Home Office Before DIY Faux Wood Brown Paper Flooring, Freckle Face Girl On Remodelaholic

For the primary makeover, I re-painted the room with stripes, painted the ceiling blue, added some DIY art work, a brand new hanging lantern, and cleaned up the litter.

Home Office Makeover Before DIY Faux Wood Brown Paper Flooring, Freckle Face Girl On Remodelaholic

However what I actually wished to fully end the room was a darkish flooring.

I regarded into laminate, vinyl and wooden. However there actually was no motive to spend a lot cash in a single room simply because I had the will for change.

After which it occurred.

I noticed an concept the place others had torn up builder’s paper or brown paper baggage and glued it to the ground and in some circumstances stained it to realize a richer shade, like this brown paper bag flooring tutorial right here on Remodelaholic from An Oregon Cottage.

Diy Brown Paper Bag Flooring

Whereas they had been lovely, I actually wasn’t wanting the leather-based or patchwork search for my room. I actually wished the look of a wooden flooring utilizing the identical brown paper bag flooring DIY idea.

The way to Use Brown Paper to Make DIY Fake Wooden Flooring

I made a decision to attempt to create a fake wooden plank by reducing strips of brown paper, including a fake bois method after which staining and sealing the ground.

The aim was to create the look of previous, reclaimed barn wooden, with imperfections and distressing.

wood plank floor using brown paper, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic

Supplies for a Fake Wooden DIY Brown Paper Flooring

**Remodelaholic notice: Polycrylic shouldn’t be beneficial to be used on flooring as a result of it could require extra frequent recoating in excessive visitors areas. As a substitute, we suggest Minwax Tremendous Quick-Drying Polyurethane for Flooring (obtainable at your native retailer or on Amazon) or Minwax Water-Based mostly Polyurethane for Flooring (additionally obtainable in your native retailer or on Amazon).

DIY faux wood plank floor, painted and stained paper bag brown paper flooring to look like wood

The place to seek out a big roll of brown paper for flooring?
Whereas the sort of flooring is commonly known as a brown paper bag flooring, you should buy a complete roll of brown paper flooring masking as a substitute of amassing paper baggage. This brown paper known as builder’s paper or paper drop material, and it’s obtainable in massive rolls at Lowe’s, Dwelling Depot, Amazon or most dwelling enchancment shops.

I used Darkish Walnut stain, however you’ll be able to customise the stain to the colour of your selection, or make your personal mixture.

I selected satin Polycrylic as a result of the upper the sheen, the extra apparent any specks of grime or imperfections are.

DIY Fake Wooden Planks for a Brown Paper Flooring

Step 1: Minimize your strips of paper.

These thick strips of paper will likely be your fake wooden planks.

I used a bit of wooden that was the width of the planks I wished to create (5 inches). I rolled out the paper about 5 ft at a time, laid the board width clever on the paper (so at the very least my ends of planks can be straight).Cut And Paint Faux Wood Planks For DIY Brown Paper Flooring That Looks Like Wood, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic

Then I drew a line utilizing the board as a information. I did this time and again and lower after I had about 10 or so planks performed.

Then lower alongside the road.


DIY Faux Wood Planks For A Faux Wood Flooring From Brown Paper, Remodelaholic

You’ll repeat this course of till you’ve gotten sufficient planks.

Flip in your favourite film (or 2) and begin reducing. I obtained right into a rhythm and simply zoned out. Earlier than I knew it, I had lower sufficient strips for all the room.

I saved them in rubbish baggage till I used to be prepared to make use of them. The extra crinkled the paper will get, the extra the plank appears distressed when it’s stained.

Step 2: Paint the fake wooden grain sample.

I actually wished that reclaimed wooden look, so a painted wooden grain was required.

You have to a storage or devoted area for this half as a result of you’re going to use a wooden graining instrument to use a fake bois paint method to your planks, and so they want area to dry.

Fake bois simply means “faux wooden” or “false wooden”. Try this fake bois hand-painted wall and fake bois pitcher and mug.

I had leftover darkish brown paint that I used for this challenge (Sealskin by Sherwin Williams).

  1. Put your paint right into a plastic container with a lid so you’ll be able to cease/begin with out having to create extra of your combination.
  2. Add paint to the container after which add sufficient water in order that once you paint your plank, the paint slides simply and shortly with no drag. It doesn’t should be fully watery, however not as thick as regular paint.
  3. Rapidly paint the plank high to backside with sufficient paint to cowl the paper however not a lot that it’s puddling or dripping. Only a skinny coat, sufficient to cowl the paper will do.How To Paint Faux Wood Plank Flooring, DIY Brown Paper Bag Floor, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic
  4. Now, shortly take your wooden graining instrument and, utilizing the again facet with advantageous tooth, pull the instrument from high to backside so you’ve gotten these advantageous strains.Use Faux Bois Tool For Faux Wood Plank Brown Paper Floor, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic
    Notice that my paper has some small spots with out paint, that’s okay, perfection isn’t mandatory right here. The paint will dry shortly, so you will want to maneuver quick.
  5. Now pull the opposite facet of the wooden graining instrument down over the strains you simply made, barely rocking as you go. The extra you rock, the extra knots you’ll have.

Use Wood Graining Tool To Create Faux Wood Plank Brown Paper Flooring, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic

Once more, there is no such thing as a want to fret about perfection. This course of goes in a short time. I feel I completed all of my paper in about an hour.

Faux Wood Flooring Planks, DIY Paper Bag Floor From Brown Paper, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic

I laid all of my planks out on my storage flooring and so they had been dry inside about 1/2 hour.

Step 3: Prep the prevailing flooring underlayment.

Rip out your carpet, pad, tack strips and 1,000,000 staples. Clear the ground very well. Be disgusted at that pile of grime that was hiding below the carpet pad! Yuck!

Ripping Up Carpet For Faux Wood Plank Flooring, DIY Brown Paper Bag Flooring Idea Tutorial, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic

As a result of I had OSB plywood as a substitute of a daily plywood, I couldn’t get away with placing my planks in at this stage. I attempted it in a closet and it gave a wierd ripply look, as a result of the paper highlights any flaws, ripples, or bumps within the flooring.

I did strive a apply board with a daily sheet of plywood, with the paper straight over it and that turned out nice.

So, I needed to cowl the OSB with one thing easy, and plywood is pricey.

As a substitute, I basically created a floating flooring very similar to laminate. I screwed down Hardboard Panels onto the OSB. Putty the seams and screw holes with wooden filler and sand till they’re easy.

Step 4: Glue down the brown paper planks.

If you end up prepared to begin gluing your paper down, you will want a bucket (one thing massive sufficient to carry the glue combination and some papers while you’re working).

  1. Add 1 cup Elmer’s Glue-All to each 3 cups of water and blend completely. Make simply sufficient of this combination to make use of whilst you work: the papers will should be fully submerged however you gained’t be capable of put it aside between gluing periods.
  2. Combine 1 cup glue and three/4 c water in a small paint tray.
  3. Dunk your paper plank into the bucket of glue/water combination till completely moist sufficient to melt and calm down the paper.
  4. Solely moist sufficient paper to work with in about 10 minutes. Lay paper on a towel or facet of bucket till you’re prepared.
  5. Utilizing a paintbrush, unfold the glue combination out of your paint tray onto the ground the place your plank will go. A skinny coat will likely be advantageous as a result of your paper additionally has glue on it.
  6. Lay down your plank and use a squeegee to softly press out any further glue or water below the paper, wipe up and proceed this course of. It will make sure the plank is totally glued down, with out wrinkles or bubbles.

It’s a messy course of, so be sure you not use an excessive amount of glue/water combination and permit the water to drip off the plank onto the towel a little bit bit as you go. In any other case you’ll have huge puddles.

Glue Down Brown Paper Bag Floor For DIY Faux Wood Plank Flooring, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic

It goes in a short time. I used to be anxious in regards to the planks being straight so I used a carpenters T-square simply to verify now and again. I used to be in a position to end this half in about 1/2 hour.

Butt your boards up as shut as you’ll be able to when laying the planks.

You may see some small gaps between my planks, as a result of it’s so troublesome to chop a wonderfully straight line. Don’t fear about these. You’ll handle that later.

Install Faux Wood Plank DIY Brown Paper Flooring, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic

Make certain to not lean your hand on the paper after you glue it down, or the paper will provide you with your hand!

Flip a fan on and let the ground dry for a few hours or in a single day.

When you have any gaps between boards, that is the time to get your paint/water combination and a advantageous paint brush and go dab it within the cracks.

Step 5: Stain the brown paper flooring planks.

Now you’ll be able to apply the stain! I wore socks so sneakers wouldn’t tear up the damp paper.

Utilizing a rag or an previous paint brush, I began staining within the nook and labored my manner out from there. I gently and shortly pulled my stain and wiped with a clear rag if it regarded too heavy.

How To Create A Faux Wood Plank Floor Using Brown Paper Bag Flooring Technique, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic

Proceed till you’re completed with the room. It is not going to dry, it’s going to stay barely cheesy till you seal it.

Step 6: Seal the brown paper fake wooden flooring.

I utilized my polycrylic with a brush as a result of I most well-liked the management it gave me. I attempted a lambswool applicator and I at all times obtained little bubbles and it was arduous to regulate the quantity utilized.

Don’t put it on too thick or it’s going to create a cloudy impact. You can be placing down about 7 coats or extra relying on the foot visitors your room will get and the ground sealant you select (see notice above).

However the polycrylic dries VERY quick. I used to be in a position to put all of my coats down in 1 day! As a result of this room get’s plenty of foot visitors, I put down 10 coats.

I made a decision to nail down small furnishings tacks from Lowes which can be sq. and resemble classic nails so as to add to the reclaimed wooden look.

Detail Of Faux Wood Plank DIY Brown Paper Flooring, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic

How lengthy did it take to put in the fake wooden flooring?

I had already lower the paper into strips after I had time right here and there.

Portray the paper took about an hour or a little bit longer.

The remainder of the method, from ripping out the carpet to laying the ultimate coat of poly, took a full weekend.

DIY paper bag floor, faux wood brown paper flooring with painted and stained faux wood planks

How does a brown paper fake wooden flooring evaluate to laminate?

It’s a lovely flooring, resembling laminate in the way it appears.

It feels just like laminate, however with out the hole sort sound all of them have.

This brown paper fake wooden plank flooring is abused every single day with push toys, crafts, children and the canine. Up to now so good. I did put felt pads on all the furnishings.

faux wood plank floor (4)

Should you get a scratch, you’ll be able to wipe some stain within the scratch, and reseal.

I find it irresistible. I really like that I created it. I really like that it’s lovely. How lovely is it?


Faux Wood Brown Paper Flooring, Paper Bag Floor With Faux Wood Planks, Freckle Face Girl For Remodelaholic




I hope you find it irresistible too! Make sure to cease by Freckle Face Woman and say good day and comply with me on Fb to see what different loopy tasks I dream up.

Thanks Remodelaholic and Cassity for letting me be your visitor! It’s a dream come true!


office with decoupaged brown paper faux wood plank floor, Freckle Face Girl for Remodelaholic


Thanks a lot for being our visitor, Chris — so glad your concept labored out and WOW, I find it irresistible!

Pay Chris a go to over at Freckle Face Woman and take a look at her enjoyable and inventive concepts, like her boys’ classic industrial bed room and her Busy Momma’s Information of simple “instantly gratifying” tasks, like a fast photo voltaic chandelier DIY. 

Searching for extra cheap DIY flooring finishes? Attempt one in all these:

Replace Old Carpet With DIY Faux Wood Flooring Make From Brown Paper Faux Wood Planks, Remodelaholic



Remodelaholic is a participant within the Amazon Companies LLC Associates Program, an affiliate promoting program designed to supply a way for websites to earn promoting charges by promoting and linking to Please see our full disclosure right here.
We love listening to from fellow Remodelaholics, so tell us what you want about this and go away any questions beneath within the feedback. Should you’ve adopted a tutorial or been impressed by one thing you’ve got seen right here, we would like to see footage! Submit footage right here or by messaging us over on Fb.

About Cass