Mom glues brown papers bags to her floor, remodels it brilliantly on a budget

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Home improvement projects can be both costly and time-consuming. They can range from very big tasks to small, minor ones.


But when it comes to repurposing your floor, that’s a job that most of us would consider to be very big. I mean, the floor of your home is something you use every single day, so the cost for this is incredibly high.

But for one DIY-er named Ashley, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Rather than outsource the job, she buckled down and repurposed her floor herself. You won’t believe what she used!


Ashley runs her own blog called Domestic Imperfection, and she decided to document her progress on her blog.

She needed to fix up her son’s bedroom floor. When she surveyed contractors, they quoted her prices in the hundreds and even thousands for a simple resurfacing. After some research online, she found a tutorial that used paper bags on plywood floors.

With just $80, Ashley purchased all the supplies she needed to resurface her son’s 10 feet by 12 feet bedroom.


To start, she needed the following tools:

  • Roll of brown paper (Ashley recommends “builders paper” from Home Depot)
  • Water-based floor polyurethanes
  • Oil based stain (Ashley recommends Minwax in “provincial”)
  • Gallon of Elmer’s Glue
  • Deck pad or mop
  • Small amount of concrete to patch holes from carpet tacks
  • Pole sander and sand paper


First, Ashley needed to remove all the trim along the walls. It’s really easy to do, and even her son joined in to help Mom out. Then, you will need to prep the floors by patching any holes and sanding the concrete down.

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