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Bathroom floor done with Readers Digest Books
hollyskog
February 12, 2013 in Before & After
I laid these like tile then put several coats of poly over them.
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Cheryl Nelson
Do you have clearer pics, I would LOVE to see them!
February 12, 2013 at 12:36PM     
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hollyskog
There's some pictures on my Facebook . Holly Skoglund. I think you can go to them without me friending you. Let me know
February 12, 2013 at 3:09PM   
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claudiann
Awesome. Is it the whole book or just the covers?
February 12, 2013 at 3:18PM   
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Cheryl Nelson
Holly, I can get to your photos on FB, but I don't see those pics. Are they in a particular album? I will go look some more.
February 12, 2013 at 3:41PM     
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hollyskog
I'll friend you. I think that happened once before. After I did that then the showed up they should be in the IOS file. Claudia's, just covers. I used pages on dresser and on window shade. I've done several projects with them. It's kind of fun. They are a little hard to take apart and adhere. I'm a wallpaper installer by trade so I know some tricks.
February 12, 2013 at 3:52PM   
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collettec
Very colorful and interesting use of the patterned covers. Do they lay flat with the bindings? Thankfully they're only Reader's Digest books or you'd have the book police after you! Is that newsprint on your chest? I'm locking up my library! I very much like the chest and the treatment you used with that. (Just saw the answer regarding the chest - I imagine I'd be wandering around reading your furniture, floor and drapes but some really interesting ideas and treatments!)
February 12, 2013 at 3:53PM     
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goeselville
I think that your idea was not only creative but also clever ,I just love it when someone thinks outside the box and ascerts creativity.Good job!!you go girl ....so glad it is not a cookie cutter world.
Would love to see more pics .
February 12, 2013 at 3:55PM   
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hollyskog
The print is the pages of the book. I did the window shade with the cover pages. I don't think that shows. It's wild but fun.
February 12, 2013 at 3:57PM   
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hparks74
To Interior international:

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
― Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso: Metamorphoses of the Human Form
February 12, 2013 at 5:25PM     
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hparks74
@ Interior International: It was not your taste I was questioning, while perhaps you may be right about less is more. 30 years of design experience may give one a sense of taste, it surely doesn't give one a sense of tact.
February 12, 2013 at 6:04PM   
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Interiors International, Inc.
I have recanted and deleted all my posts sorry if I offended anyone. I have never been accused of having a lack of tact. Again I apologize for not being overly positive on the subject matter. I would like to note that on the first post of this bathroom I was very complimentary on the creativeness of the idea. I never heard a bad thing said about that post. I guess I just need to say everything is great. So it will be.
February 12, 2013 at 6:10PM   
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Interiors International, Inc.
@hollyskog Again, I apologize. I commend you on your 30 years in the business. At this point though I am not the tactless one. I'm glad you had fun with your powder room. When all is said and done that is what matters in this business. The project should be fun and bring joy. Yours apparently has done this and I congratulate you for that.
February 12, 2013 at 6:20PM     
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collettec
I don't think anything needs to be said negatively specifically about someone's professional capabilities - which is not warranted. He gave his honest opinion and apologized in that it was not what was wanted specifically in this forum. I'm sure his intent was meant to give advice he thought might be helpful.
February 12, 2013 at 6:25PM     
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Interiors International, Inc.
@emzc Thank you kindly!
February 12, 2013 at 6:28PM   
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Aja Mazin
Back off, hollyskog.
You're close to the line.
February 12, 2013 at 7:23PM   
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Jayme H.
No offense, but posting on Houzz is going to bring comments from a variety of people with a variety of opinions. An apology was given.
February 12, 2013 at 7:31PM     
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Jayme H.
And, btw...very interesting and clever idea...can u post more clearer pics? It is fun to see creativity like this...thanks.
February 12, 2013 at 7:32PM   
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hparks74
Apologies have been made and hopefully accepted and we can all
Move on to glorifying out love of decorating. I do believe as I stated on another site today that everyone should read out loud what they type before submitting. You are not expected to like everyone's style but we should always appreciate the effort. Thank you Interior International for your graciousness and thoughtful commentary. I think there are a few other people on this very page that could learn a little more tact. This entire blog is full of ideas, inspiration and staying positive is what keeps it following.
February 12, 2013 at 7:49PM     
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Fiorano Tile Showrooms
OK folks, this is NOT facebook :)
BTW: I think the idea is ingenious, and I commend you for taking an IDEA and running with it !!! (Fiorano Tile Showrooms)
February 12, 2013 at 7:50PM     
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hollyskog
Just saying. There were a few more sarcastic posts that have been deleted. In my defense. I'm posting another great project right now:)
February 12, 2013 at 8:15PM     
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Aja Mazin
Shall we alert the media?
February 12, 2013 at 8:38PM     
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Susanna
Since you have been a wallpaper professional for 30 years, I am just curious if you have ever done this with wallpaper? I'm thinking something like this chinoiserie, attached here, could be a beautiful floor. Again, just curious.....I know you had a theme going...just asking in general.
February 12, 2013 at 9:21PM     
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hparks74
People do all types of unique things to there floors. This is actually a photo created and sized to fit bath floor.
February 12, 2013 at 9:26PM     
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Susanna
Yikes! That gives me vertigo! interesting though.
February 12, 2013 at 9:38PM   
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Susanna
I lost my other comment..hmmm. trying again...I said You have sent imaginations running and I am thinking of Monet's lilies in a minimal zen spa bathroom or this piece by Lynn Hays on Etsy (you would have to get her permission but the copyright has long since run out on Monet). Thanks for the post. It has been interesting!
The color in the painting on the right goes very dark when this small. You have to enlarge on Etsy to really see the beautiful jewel tones. I don't know her so not trying to sell anything.
February 12, 2013 at 10:08PM     
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Susanna
here is the link if you want to see... http://img0.etsystatic.com/000/0/6577928/il_fullxfull.286844928.jpg
Stunning floor...yes?
February 12, 2013 at 10:17PM     
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hparks74
Imagine using it after a night of drinking... Lol
February 12, 2013 at 10:19PM     
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Susanna
LOL hparks!
February 12, 2013 at 10:22PM   
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Susanna
Holly, Do you use fixative first so the poly doesn't make the colors bleed? Also, do the images blur under all the coats of poly? Sorry for all the questions but it looks very difficult to do.
February 12, 2013 at 10:26PM   
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karen paul interiors
When the first European 3-D effect wallpapers came out, I decided to paper a floor in a commercial building. Loads of thin coats of poly. So funny, as when a customer entered the store, they would get midway through the store and look down, realizing they were not walking on sisal. It was such a kick!
February 12, 2013 at 10:26PM   
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Susanna
sounds fabulous! Did you take pictures?
February 12, 2013 at 10:32PM   
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Susan Mills Design
Susanna, that Lynn Hays piece is wonderful, now if only I could paint like that!
February 12, 2013 at 10:35PM     
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karen paul interiors
To Susanna: Ha, ha! That was 35 years ago!!! :)
February 12, 2013 at 10:44PM   
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Susanna
Susan...It is fabulous isn't it?! It's very different from her other pieces. A great piece to build a room around. I can also see it in a black marble bathroom, which is why I think it would make such a great floor. Do you see it as a floor too?
February 12, 2013 at 10:45PM   
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Susanna
LOL, Karen. Well...OK then, I can use my imagination. :-)
February 12, 2013 at 10:49PM   
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Susan Mills Design
Susanna, that piece is so stunning, I am studying her teqnique as I am just experimenting with painting myself. Oh yes indeed, a black marble powder room, I can see it now. How about if it was done with tiles on the floor? I have seen some wonderful images replicated in tile.

The last piece you posted could be achieved with concrete I think, perhaps the concrete specialists could comment on that.

Pass the chocolate please. :)
February 12, 2013 at 11:02PM   
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Susan Mills Design
Hparks74, that sky floor would be my undoing!
February 12, 2013 at 11:03PM     
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Susanna
Great idea, Susan! Tile would be gorgeous. I have a claw foot tub that I had redone inside and out in lilac with gold feet. I want to try a mosaic tile on the wall behind it. Floral would be a great idea. I will have to start sketching something....
So happy to hear you are painting! The secret (not really a secret but a tip) is to relax and not try for a masterpiece. That's when they usually turn out to be one--when you aren't trying so hard. I love that you are jumping in and studying other people's work. Great way to learn.
Here you go--- a virtual chocolate truffle to celebrate your art!
February 12, 2013 at 11:47PM     
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Susan Mills Design
Susanna, thank you! My first piece was 36x36 and is of a flower shown from the underneath, with stem and bracts, I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I even managed the sheer look of the petals with the light shining through.

Yes that would be stunning behind your tub, if you look here on Houzz, I am sure I saw this idea in a shower.
February 13, 2013 at 12:08AM     
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Susanna
Wow Susan. You tackled a big canvas and one of the more difficult things to achieve ( light through the petals) Bravo! I am sincerely impressed. I hope you continue as it sounds like you have natural talent!
February 13, 2013 at 12:30AM     
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hollyskog
I did wallpaper my bathroom floor upstairs. I just uses vov paste and poly. It's just my husband and myself so not a lot of abuse if I had children I would probably use some kind of epoxy. Something harder. I would imagine the sky is the limit with what you can pot on a floor. The one upstairs is fine but you might think its linoleum. It's best to go with a pattern that is different than the average vinyl.
February 13, 2013 at 6:13AM   
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hollyskog
I just used vov on the books..they weren't easy. I had to keep going back and Rolling edges. Tried a glue that was suppose to set up quicker but no better. It would be best to use something that sets up fast but you need time to place books and adjust them. I haven't perfected my method yet. The books never bled but there were some that stained a little. That didn't bother me because the books are old and I called it character.
February 13, 2013 at 6:24AM     
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Wendy Stout
I have painted faux stone tiles over vinyl and over a plywood subfloor, both as temporary floors while the homeowners (relatives) decided what kind of floor they wanted. They have lasted for several years. So much for temporary. But the poly did yellow as I warned them it could. I used a sealer over faux paint on concrete but the paint still chipped. Now you have inspired me - but what do you use that won't yellow and is durable? This time it is my house and I have an OSB subfloor. What would you put on it as a base for painting?
February 13, 2013 at 6:40AM   
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hollyskog
I'm not sure. What I would use fo base but I find that the latex polys don't yellow as much. Not sure they as durable though???
February 13, 2013 at 5:42PM   
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New Leaf Interiors
Clever, cute and conservation minded!!
Great idea and great job!
March 1, 2013 at 9:49PM   
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