If you are an avid follower of the blog you saw the recent bathroom reveal. If you aren’t an avid follower, why not!?! J/K! As I promised here the full tutorial on applying the vinyl peel and stick tile that we chose.
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Let’s take a look at what it looked like before:
We removed all the trim before installing the new floor since we knew that we wanted to have new trim. I swept the floor and I brought in the shop vac so we could be sure all the dirt was off the floor. I then mopped the floor really well with my Shark mop. It was now time for install.
I have to admit that Justin was the one who installed the flooring. I was just there for moral support and to hand him necessary items. Ya know like a good assistant! Be prepared to do a lot of measuring and cutting, especially if you have a lot of corners like we did. He started in the corner and worked towards the center. If you have ever installed the click-lock faux wood flooring, it is very similar. We ran it in a simple pattern so the tiles were offset. Start with a full tile and the ones to cut will be near the walls.
Use tile spacers to make sure all the tiles are even for the grout lines. Luckily until you press the whole tile down they are forgiving. You just want to be methodical with the spacers. If you are doing a similar project and don’t want grout lines you can just butt the edges together.
Next step is grouting, since we used pre-mixed colored grout the only prep was to vacuum and sweep the floor. Justin had finished installing the floor late on a Sunday night so the grouting didn’t happen for a couple days.
Justin used a putty knife but any type of grout knife will do. The tile box did contain instructions on applying grout. The most important is that you don’t want to apply the grout all over the tiles, just enough to get the grout into the grout lines. Make sure you go over the lines in several directions with your putty knife to make sure the grout is fully penetrating the lines to avoid air bubbles and skips. Then using the sponge and a large bucket of water wipe off the extra grout from the tiles.
The grout directions state that you want to wait at least 7 days before getting any water on the floor. And although this was a slight inconvenience it was definitely worth it to have such beautiful floors. And we are lucky enough to have my sister live right down the road who let us use her shower.
We finished off the floor by installing new 4″ MDF trim to the entire room and then painted and caulked to finish the room.
And now we have such a great updated space that I love walking through each day.
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