An AMAZING (and Budget-Friendly) Flooring Makeover

Have you seen this flooring makeover from Rachael at Lovely Crafty Home?!  It’s nothing short of STUNNING.  Here’s how the stairs started out…

stairs before

And here’s how they look now…

stairs after

Gorgeous, right?  But can you tell what it is?  It’s PAPER!!  Yep, she basically decoupaged her floor with paper (followed by stain and then several coats of polyurethane).

I think it looks amazing…almost like leather. 

stairs after 2

Simply stunning.  For more on this project, head over to Lovely Crafty Home, or you can see her tutorial here.  It sounds like this may have been a pretty labor-intensive project, so I’m sure Rachael would be happy to answer any questions you have.  I think the main question most people would have about paper-covered floors is regarding durability.  I hope she keeps us updated via her blog about how well this floor holds up! 

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    The O's
    March 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    ohhh, I love it. What a great idea.

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    March 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Genius idea!!!

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    March 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Amazing!!! That looks even easy to clean!!! (my dream come true!)

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    March 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    This is a fab idea, it looks so cool ! Who would have thought a bit of paper, stain and polyurethane could give a leather look – it's lush!

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    Mrs. DeVore
    March 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I'm always amazed at the things people come up with. what a great idea!

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    M and M plus 3
    March 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Oh you beat cha I'm headed over to see how she did this! My steps have been stripped for 3 months waiting on creativity to hit me. Thanks

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    March 30, 2011 at 1:39 am

    What a cool idea! I also wonder if it gets slick when it gets wet. I shall have to head over there to ask some questions. Thanks for sharing!

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    [email protected] Crafty Home
    March 30, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Wow thanks for the feature!!

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    [email protected] Crafty Home
    March 30, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Anne- It is about as slick as a wood floor.

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    Alison's Rugs
    March 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Can not wait to read exactly how this was done. Quite a conversation piece I bet! I have no stairs, but will surely find a way to incorporate this look in my home.

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    Norah Holloway
    April 3, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Wow!! That looks amazing! The paper idea is great. I really love introducing that concept to people and clients. I've recently suggested to a client to use it on their walls, as wall paper. Amazing. Thanks for sharing. Norah http://www.norahhollowayinteriors.com

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    Alison's Rugs
    April 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Can not wait to read exactly how this was done. Quite a conversation piece I bet! I have no stairs, but will surely find a way to incorporate this look in my home.

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    July 6, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Stairs are surely looking nice its very nice make over but does it fits in every one's budget you can have plenty of options online for Hardwood Refinishing Services. but are they providing with reasonable prices.

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    Engineered wood floors
    July 12, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Wonderful article! For a room where you spend so much time
    and energy, a little investment is not a bad idea. Interestingly, reshaping
    your kitchen floor covers only 4% of your expenditure if you renovate the
    entire kitchen.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Engineered wood floors

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    Lanham Darby
    July 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I agree with you. it is affordable and looking great to. Thanks for sharing.

    laminate wood flooring

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    kristin Topping
    April 27, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I love your blog and I’m so impressed with all the things you’ve taken on by yourself! Very impressive. Keep up the good work – it’s so inspiring! I completely second with you that it is cost effective and lovely.

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