Want to freshen up your flooring without spending a bundle? These do-it-yourself ideas for creative flooring will give your home personality without draining your wallet.
Decoupage Novelty Floors
The brown paper bag floor has become popular in recent years. Here’s a secret: the technique for creating brown paper bag flooring is essentially decoupage. So why limit your craftsmanship to the traditional look created by using bags? If a funkier floor appeals, substitute maps, wine labels, can labels, cartoons, posters, playing cards, photos, or kids’ drawings for the brown paper bags. Just make sure and heed the instructions on multiple coats of polyurethane. Lovely Crafty Home recommends twelve coats to ensure the floor can handle traffic demand.
Your Floor as an Artist’s Canvas
This Old House describes the technique do-it-yourselfers should use when painting old wood floors. If it’s a concrete floor you want to paint, take a look at this Youtube video for the basic steps. Think beyond solids and single colors when planning to paint your floor. Geometric designs, stencils, splatters, and hand-drawn art can personalize the room. View Jean Molesworth Kee’s Pinterest page on painted floors or this primer on using squiggly lines when painting concrete to jumpstart your creativity.
Comment-worthy “Tile” Flooring
Using unique items as tile for flooring requires the use of mortar, a process that may be challenging for some do-it-yourselfers. If you’re up to the task, what kind of “tiles” should you set in the mortar? Bottle caps and pennies are two common suggestions. You can also use glass pebbles or mosaic tiles, guitar picks, metal buttons, vintage typewriter keys, Scrabble pieces, or any other sturdy material that strikes your fancy. Patiently collecting, searching recycling bins, gathering castoffs from neighbors and friends, and scouring thrift stores will keep the project cost reasonable.
Do you want a floor that sparkles to match your vibrant personality? Crafty Chica ditched the black and white decorative flecks included with her epoxy kit and substituted shiny, gold glitter. Her floor is densely covered in glitter, but a sprinkling of glitter could be substituted for a subtler look.
Benefits of DIY Floors
Savingadvice.com notes DIY floors can stretch a decorating budget. That’s an important consideration in deciding whether to go the DIY route, since floor installations typically cost $2,491 to $3,617, according to Home Advisor. DIY floors are also a labor of love and an expression of individuality which many homeowners would consider priceless.