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I need to put new flooring in several rooms of my house.  The subfloor is plywood.  I'm considering floor paint on some of them, but am wondering about other inexpensive options.  I found this link about paper mache floors: 

http://phoenixcommotion.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=26&Itemid=30&lang=en

Has anyone here done this kind of floor or anything similar?  What kinds of floors do you have in your house or what kind are you researching?

 
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Cool idea - I wonder about the polyurethane used to cover the paper.... toxicity it is is a huge consideration for me.

You can also use reinforced cob or paper crate or recycled barn boards, the later would have to be resurfaced of course.

What look were you thinking of going for?
 
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Nothing super rustic.  The flooring in the rest of the house is floating engineered wood with a smooth finish.

I also worry about the stink factor of the polyurethane.    That's why we chose a prefinished wood floor instead of finishing it ourselves.  Also easier.

 
                              
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I've done paper/poly floors. They are very cool but use a lot of poly. Paint/stain is less expensive.
 
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Storm V Spooner wrote:
I've done paper/poly floors. They are very cool but use a lot of poly. Paint/stain is less expensive.


That is very helpful, thanks.    Painted floor is certainly an option we're strongly considering. 
 
                              
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For durability you may want to consider epoxy instead of paint, or even the new line of paint from Pittsburgh, which of course for the life of me I cannot recall the name of..  Pittsburgh just acquired the company that makes this new paint last year, and it is almost as durable as epoxy but for half of the price, and unlike most epoxies, it is water based. I've used it on a shop floor right beside epoxy, and it is very difficult to tell the two apart.

BTW if you are worries about off gassing with polyurethane, there are very good waterborne polys today.
 
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