This DIY Flooring Is Either Totally Brilliant or Totally Doomed

Paper bags are handy for many things: Toting groceries home from the supermarket. Transforming unripe fruits into juicy snacks. Organizing your recyclables. And now, apparently, updating old, lackluster floors.

When she could no longer stand her playroom’s dirty carpeting, Lesley, who blogs at Chaotically Creative Co., turned months’ worth of grocery runs into a brand-new floor for the space. Perplexed? We were too, when we first heard about paper bag flooring on Hometalk, but it’s basically paper mâché​ on steroids.

Essentially, Lesley used a water-and-glue mixture to adhere torn pieces of the paper bags to her floor, and then covered the finished product with sealant. Our first thought: Lesley is a genius. She took throw-away items and repurposed them as a permanent household fixture that she won’t mind her kids spilling paint all over.

But still, disposable items, are, well, meant to be disposed. So how long can these floors possibly last? Leslie ​claims it’s remarkably durable, and we’re inclined to believe her, but we suppose time will only tell. She also notes that this cost-effective solution (she only spent $200!) is not for someone looking for perfection. Consider yourself warned.