But, over the last few months, I have been updating and freshening up the space by painting the tile, replacing the toilet and getting a new shower curtain. Things were looking good, but still, that blue gray linoleum floor was haunting me.
Epiphany. I found a cool site from Pinterest showing how a woman "paper bagged" both a counter top and then her floors. Paper mache? Hmmmmm. I can do that.
So on a random Tuesday, I went in search of massive amounts of glue and craft paper. I got a lot of crazy looks as I explained the reasoning, but I had faith. Armed with a mixture of 2:1 Water and Glue and a pile of ripped up peices of brown craft paper, I went to work on the floors.
The process was simple. Soak the paper in the glue water, squeeze out excess, then lay paper on the floor, constantly overlapping the pieces. Note: I made a seperate pile of pieces with straight edges for the perimeter. That made it really easy to just tuck under the molding for a crisp look.
All in all, it took about an hour to get the floor covered. Then patience had to kick in. You have to let this dry completely... overnight at least... until you move forward.
It was dry the next morning, but I waited until after work for the next step: staining.
Using some dark walnut stain I already had, I brushed on and wiped off until the floor was covered. Honestly, this was the longest step and the dry time took about 3 days. But it was well worth the wait to see the final product!
It was almost a cross between leather and stained concrete. The stain took differently in places, but that just adds to the character.
Now to seal it. This is extremely important, especially in a bathroom. I used about 6 coats of polyurathane. I might go back in with more, but I was over it at that point.
What do you think? It survived it's first guests this weekend like a champ. With the amount the room is actually used, I totally believe it has staying power.
And with a total cost of $24, I'm sold.
Mirror and paint/ wallpaper.. and we're calling it a day!