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« on: April 14, 2010 12:24:55 AM »

Sorry don't have enough posts yet for pics in thread.

I watched some show where the woman decopauged old newspapers for the flooring. Since my remodeling budget is virtually nil and the carpet was nasty that sounded great to me.

I started by ripping up the old carpet and pulling out all the staples. If I would do this again here is where I would go through and fill in holes and gaps, but I was stupid and didn't.

I cut out all the picture of about a dozen National Geographics, plus a few old art instruction mags. Collected a bucket of glue, wall paper glue works well, and oil based polyurethane. First rub the picture front and back with thin layer of glue, then dunk in poly. Smooth out along floor. And repeat about a million times.

You really need to smooth it out. Make sure that the edges stick down really well too.

After that is dry, about overnight, then coat with poly. Let dry and repeat. I used two gallons of poly, it was about 8 coats total.

Bad news it ripped up at the seams of the underfloor. This would be great to do over linoleum because it would have a nice smooth surface to lay on.
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2010 12:33:01 AM »

That's awesome!  What a neat idea for using cool pictures and flooring in general. 

I bet it could be done on a concrete floor, as long as it was finished fairly smooth- perhaps painted first.  Actually, on that thought, I wonder if you could use something like Webcrete to fill in along the seams.  Maybe even just a good thick layer of pressure sensitive adhesive, instead of using wallpaper paste to adhere the pictures?  That fills in cracks fairly well...

Is it kind of slippery to walk on, or does it have enough texture to catch pretty well?

I love the way it looks!  Great Job!

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2010 12:04:26 AM »

Not slippery at all. I think if I do it again that I'll just use wood filler. It's pretty cheap and I think will do the job well enough. There was this stuff at the hardware store, autolever, or something along those lines. Where you just dump it out and kind of smooth it and it fills in cracks and levels..

The problem with this room and that kind of stuff it's over the basement and anything that goes into cracks will just seep into the basement. It's a really old house and nothing is level or straight.
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2010 09:08:25 PM »

Wow, I have never seen a project like that, that is awesome! I love nat geo's maybe I can find something cool to do with them. Way to be ambitious and very creative that is amazing Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010 11:17:37 AM »

This is amazing! You did such a great job.

I know how sucky it is to work with off-level floor. Wood filler would work. The only other idea I could possibly offer would be to lay down plywood first (which could get costly if the room is big) as a kind of new sub-floor.

I've seen the newspaper floors, and the brown bag floors. But man... this took it to a whole new level. Awesome!

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