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I know it’s hard to believe that I’m still continuing my quest to rid the house of carpet. After completing the stairs, I moved into the hallway. I knew it’d be difficult to get this done since it’s a high traffic area- but I figured I’d get it over with! The hallway used to look like this:

You can see there has been quite a bit of damage at each door seam (courtesy of the cats). Other than that, it’s in fairly good shape-but doesn’t match my new sophisticated vision of the space.

So I turned to my brown craft paper again, continuing the carpet demo from the staircase. I’ll be the first one to admit that this was a rush job. Between 3 working adults with all bedrooms upstairs, I had to time everything to dry while we were out of the house or sleeping. The bedrooms themselves will be easier since we’ll totally evacuate to another room when the time comes.

After ripping up the carpet and removing staples and tack strips:

Hmmm…second thoughts, anyone? I pressed on, filling the cracks and nail holes with wood filler and sanding everything smooth.

In order to allow us to walk on it, I papered the whole area except 3 “hopping” spots (see the how-to here).

The next morning I filled in the spots and let them dry before staining the whole floor.

It’s not my best stain job, due to the fact that I was rushed and had to stain myself literally down the stairs without the option to fix anything. I’ll do better in the rooms. After 8 coats of poly (planning on doing 4 more when I complete the rooms), I added a reducing threshold to floor at the bathroom entrance with liquid nails.

It’s still hard to see the grand vision because there is a lot of finishing work to do. I have to add trim to the baseboards to cover the gap and stain the threshold to the bathroom to match the floor (p.s. these are way more expensive than I thought, a 6ft unfinished section set me back $15). I also left the area around the doorway to each bedroom a little jagged to help me blend the areas when I do the floor installation in the bedrooms. The edges are only stained (but not poly-ed) to help the transition. I have plans for a floor cloth runner in here as well as re-purposing my old dining room chandelier to replace the boob light (not shown…).

Even though it’s still a little rough, I’m loving the look and can’t wait to move on into the guest room! What do you think so far? Not bad for a simple and effective solution to¬†home hallway flooring!

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      Thanks Linda! I clean it the same way as my hardwood downstairs: vacuum with my Kirby then mop with vinegar/water and a microfiber pad.

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      • Michelle Smith

        I did this to my entire house back in 1998, except, I did not stain the floor but just pollyed it and let it take on different shades, it looked like faux flagstone and I have gotten so many compliments on it over the years, I have 4 cats so there are some scratch marks but it has held up great.

      • rachaelevans

        Lori- It wears really well in my opinion, especially considering it’s just paper. Dog nails can scratch it, but I haven’t found it to be awful and it’s only happened a few times over the past 6+months. Regular traffic seems fine. I do put felt feet on my furniture because I like to move it around a lot. I treat it a lot like my hardwoods on the first floor.

      • Mary Lee

        Awesome! I did the paper exactly like you did a few years back on my dining room walls and everyone loves them. I had never thought about doing it to a floor! This could be my next project-thank you

      • Kami

        Hi Mary Lee.
        You said you did your walls. I was curious, when its cold outside or moisture in the air, does it make the walls tacky or anything? I was wanting to do some off my walls as well but wasnt sure the glue would start to run. Hope this isnt a stupid question, Im not much of a DIYer.
        Thank You…

    • sidelia gonzalez

      i’ve seen this done on walls before but it looks just as beautiful on floors im hoping to do this to my home this summer in my kitchen??? i have tile do you think its a good idea? and where did you get so much paper bag material from? where can i get it?

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      • rachaelevans

        Sidelia- There are detailed instructions here that should answer your questions.

  1. heymudda

    I already have wood floors throughout my home-hubby no longer sneezing- but I love this look. I’m going to use it on an old writing desk this weekend. I think it would make the top of it look like old leather!

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  2. Stephanie

    I think it looks really awesome. How does it feel to walk on in bare feet? Is it rough and uneven?

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      Stephanie- It actually feels nice under bare feet. It is smooth since there is so much poly on it, but it’s almost like a leather texture where it’s softer than wood. I dig it :) But we will be putting a lot of area rugs upstairs since my husband says he’ll miss the feeling of the carpet.

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  3. Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co

    It looks great!!! I really cannot wait to see it all put together! :) I’m loving those floors so much. I wish I could see them in person somewhere. I also love the molding idea for the base boards. We have been considering the same thing for when we finish the concrete floors throughout the house. It’s either that or take off all the baseboards and get new (maybe taller) ones!

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  4. Kassi @ Truly Lovely

    I think this looks so classy! When you compare the before and the after, it looks so much more modern and CLEAN really… It’s weird, but bare floors, read NO carpet seems so much cleaner!

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      Yes that’s it exactly Kassi, it is much cleaner isn’t it?! Weird, but true! Thanks for popping over!

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  5. Kayla

    I love the way it looks on your stairs and now in your hallways! It looks very rich!! Great job!

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  6. vickie

    Love how this is looking. I did my bathroom walls ina previous house and painted them rusty red. It looked like oxblood leather. I haven’t gotten brave enough to do a floor yet.

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  7. vickie

    Love how this is looking. I did my bathroom walls ina previous house and painted them rusty red. It looked like oxblood leather. I haven’t gotten brave enough to do a floor yet.

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  8. Sheila

    That’s awesome…looks very sophistocated…wanna come to my house…I have a couple bathrooms that need major floor refinishing….lol

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  9. Sheila

    That’s awesome…looks very sophistocated…wanna come to my house…I have a couple bathrooms that need major floor refinishing….lol

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  10. tracy

    wow you are so amazing,I think everything you have done is fantastic, I posted it on my blog to share with all of my southern friends here in Tn. thanks for sharing your work!!!

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      Thank you so much Tracy, how kind of you to repost! I’ll stop by your blog!

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    • Lovely Crafty Home

      LOL Barbara! That seems to be the normal reaction, like uhhh…..trust me I was unsure at first, but I am