Aug 122015

What does it mean to have great flooring? Is it all about the way it unifies the whole room? Is it a just matter of sturdiness and durability? When it comes to floors, as with every other part of the house, it’s all a matter of taste, preference and prioritisation. There is no “one style fits all” for floors. That’s why there are dozens of options to choose from. You might have some ugly or outdated flooring you wish to fix, but what direction should you take? You could always cover it with carpet or buy a lavish designer rug to cover it. Other choices for your upgrade include tiles, linoleum, wood, granite, and so much more.

For the more creative home-owners, there is a new wave of trends when it comes to flooring that open up a myriad of endless possibilities. Among these options include: bottle cap flooring, brown paper bag flooring, painted floors, penny floors and white cork floors. These are some of the DIY flooring possibilities we’re going to talk about today.

a floor built with capsBottle Cap Floor

Bottle cap floors involve the use of bottle caps and grout. Simply prepare the floor with a thin-set mortar then place the bottle caps in an arrangement of your choosing. After having arranged the caps, fill in the gaps with grout and let it dry. Finish it all up with a sealer. This kind of style requires a lot of bottle caps, but the end result looks great! If you are struggling to gather enough bottle caps to fill your room, ask friends and family for help. Local restaurants and schools might also like to get involved!

Brown Paper Bag Floor

This style would require a lot of paper bags and glue. You’ll have to soak the brown paper bags in the glue and then lay it all out on the floor. Once you have them all set and dry, cover the surface with some coats of polyurethane. This style can be tweaked to be an eco-friendly project by replacing the glue with wheat or rice glue and using no-VOC polyurethane.

Painted Floors

As the name implies, painted floors are simply floors that have a coat of paint on them. Before painting the floor, make sure that you have sanded it thoroughly to remove any varnish or rough patches. Sanding it would also even out the surface of any high spots which would be off putting once painted over. You may opt to have one solid coat or use paint tape to help create a pattern. Once you have painted the floor, cover it with a water-based polyurethane.

building a cork floorPenny Floors

The Penny Floors follows the same system as the Bottle Cap floors. The pennies would have to be glued down using construction adhesive (preferably low or no-VOC) or epoxy glue. The pennies can be in a pattern or of any style you so choose. Be careful with the amount of adhesive you use, the ideal amount is enough to hold the pennies down, without too much oozing out the sides.

Wine Cork Floors

Wine Corks are relatively hard to collect. In order for you to be able to use this type of style for your floor, you could ask a local wine shop to help you out or seek the help of friends. You’ll need around 775 corks per square meter. Simply align the corks on your floor, glue them down, nail or staple the corks together and then apply grout to fill up the gaps.

Any of these ideas are sure to make any living space come to life with their unique appeal!

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