Gwynne Gardner, the Vermont homeowner who used this brown-bag technique as a floor covering (How’d They Do that? Budget Flooring), encourages the use of paper and polyurethane in other projects. She says, “I papered a coffee table in lieu of sanding and refinishing it. It was outstanding! I also papered wooden snack tables, making them finally impervious to kids!”
Process to Make a Paper Bag Stool Top:
1. Clean to stool surface thoroughly with soap and hot water.
2. Sand any raised spots and fill any gaps with wood filler. Sand lightly again.
3. For the stool in the photo, paper scraps in a variety of earth tones and torn in various sizes were used. Place larger pieces of paper first.
4. Coat underside of each piece with a 50-50 mix of water and Elmer’s white glue.
5. Lay smoothly on stool without overlap.
6. Using a fine-bristle brush, give the stool a coat of Rust-Oleum’s Verathane Diamond Floor Finish, a type of polyurethane.
7. Fill in the surface with smaller paper pieces, coated on the underside with the water-glue mix.
8. Finish the whole top with one or two coats of the polyurethane.