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[Cob] faux leather floor ideas -longishCharmaine Taylor dirtcheapbuilderbooks at gmail.com
Sat Dec 20 19:05:15 PST 2008
HI, I have seen walls done with the craft paper and ragged edge treatment. Jocasta Innes of " Applied Artistry" fame has several small finishing technique 6"x6" books with great ideas.. each is called "Around the House: the "Underfoot" one is exclusively floors ideas .. she shows some amazing things to do to real wood & plywood floors with simple paint, lime washes, stenciling,etc.** so your idea is in that realm. A cob purist will not go for anything commercial I think, but pick your battles, a simple cheap floor that can stand up to foot traffic for a few years is your goal.. so why not try this? the idea of using Bioshileld or other eco products is great. go for it. Many decades ago in the 1970s the fashion rage was to take a quality cotton fabric and glue it down on the floor, and do 7 coats of poly, a bedroom was done with the bedding, pillow, draperies, walls and floor ALL the same colorful yellow fabric. a famous dress designer did it.. the bed disappeard in the room with everything the same! Floor clothes made of canvas or other heavy material can be done. and those Billboard tarps are perfect as a wall to wall floor cover, even temporarily. they can be painted too, then proteced with a sealer and are easy to roll up an remove. [when I bought my 60 year old cottage I discovered under two layers of carpet a "carpet cloth" it is made of heavy old fashioned real linoleum , and was exactly 12'x10' the size of the bedroom. it was imprinted with a complex embroidered carpet pattern, very pretty & quaint by 1940s standards, it was laid directly over the original floorboards. I heard you just bought them rolled up like a real carpet, but this was mop-able and heavy duty and stopped drafts] Lastly this month in Natural Home magazine [Jan 2009] TX super recycler/builder Dan Phillips is featured . http://www.naturalhomemagazine.com/People-and-Places/Building-Dreams-Green-Collar-Economy.aspx He was made famous locally for taking Budweiser cardboard 6 pack cartons, and similar packing and useing it to line a porch floor, the ceiling, walls, etc. he also used poly and glue to seal them down. His favorite cheap cushiony floor is a wine cork floor. he glues them down just as they are, or slices them in half so the flat cut side is glued down. -- ** yes I have Around the HOuse: Underfoot in stock : $12. Ms. Charmaine Taylor/ Taylor Publishing Toll Free Order: 1-888-441-1632 www.dirtcheapbuilder.com www. papercrete.com PO Box 375, Cutten CA 95534
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