Look at this gorgeous wood plank floor. Except, wait. The floor is actually made from brown paper.
Guest blogging on Remodeloholic, Chris of Freckle Face Girl shows how she transformed her floor using builder's paper (the kind used to protect a floor during painting and other home projects). She cut the paper into planks, painted them and used a wood grain tool to get the realistic effects.
To install the faux wood planks, she covered her bumpy floor base with hardboard wall panels, creating a laminate-style floating floor. Then Chris glued the panels down, stained them a dark walnut (to get that old, distressed look), and sealed them with several coats of polycrylic. Small furniture tacks that look like wood floor nails add to the realistic look.
Yes, it's a lot of work, but she did it in one weekend. As for how it holds up:
It is a beautiful floor, resembling laminate. It feels similar to laminate, but without the hollow type sound they all have. It is abused every day with push toys, crafts, kids and the dog. So far so good. I did put felt pads on all of the furniture. If you get a scratch, you can wipe some stain in the scratch, and reseal.
Get the full details on this clever, money-saving project at the link below.
Faux Wood Plank Floors Using Brown Paper [Remodelaholic]