It’s was a long, hot summer and it was even hotter spending time in my sunroom. I was on a quest this summer to makeover my sunroom and part of that makeover included coming up with a clever but cheap way to cover the terracotta tile in my dated sunroom.
As you may remember from my previous post, paper bag plank flooring, I searched Pinterest for a cheap but beautiful way to cover the floors and stumbled upon “Paper Bag Floors”. I didn’t want the crumbled look and upon even more research I found a way to create “faux hardwood planks” from builders paper.
After cutting around 10 ba-zillion planks, I started on the process of making them look like real hardwood.
I found the graining tool at my local Lowe’s for around $7.00. I do suggest practicing on some scratch paper before trying it out on your “planks”.
I tried several paint colors I had on hand before finally giving up and heading to my local Lowe’s. As you can see by the pictures below, it took a few times to discover which ones weren’t going to work.
I finally chose a dark paint color, black to be exact, except it didn’t look black on the paint swatch. Thank you Lowe’s for having awful lighting around your paint section. I’m kidding of course, but under the lights in their store, it looked like a deep chocolate brown…not! But that was what I bought so I stuck with it.
To get the faux grain look on your planks, you will need to be sure you mix your paint the right way so that it’s not too thick or too thin. The ratio I used was 1 cup paint to not quite 1 cup of water. It’s not an exact science but once you mix your paint with the water you’ll know it’s mixed correctly when you no longer feel a “drag” as you’re mixing it. Mixing the paint with the water will allow for the paint to not be able to dry too quickly so you can run the graining tool over it without the paint drying on you too soon.
You will want to try, try again when it comes to achieving the perfect look but trust me, once you do 4-5 planks, you’ll be a pro.