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.
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 to install.
Materials Needed to Install Peel & Stick Tile :
- Vinyl peel and stick tile (we used the Carerra Marble)
- Box cutter
- Measuring tape
- 24” Square Measure
- Pre-mixed grout (we used the Snow White color)
- Tile Spacers
- Putty knife
I have to admit that Justin was the one who installed the flooring. I was just there for moral support and to hand him the 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 as 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.
The 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 of 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 lives 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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We had installed similar style tile in our master bad/bath. We also grouted. We had a valve break and flood our house. The mitigation company pulled it up and said it was a lot of work to do so, but the sub floor had no water damage where the tile had been. The tile/grout did a great job protecting it. I love the marble design of yours.
That’s great to hear Teah!
Your new floor looks beautiful! Do you have any tips tiling around the toilet? That is my only worry about doing this project.
Hi Lee! We ended up pulling the toilet up so that we could properly tile underneath.
The floors turned out awesome! How are they holding up? I would love to do something similiar in our bathroom and laundry room area.
Thank you Ericka! They are holding up nicely! I need to mop them more since they are white they show the dirt easily but other than that they look great!
I would love to do that I have the peel and stick vinyl on my kitchen floor do I have to remove the old vinyl
We did not remove our old vinyl flooring, we just laid it directly on top after cleaning the floor really well
What did you use to clean the floor well?
Hi Melissa! I recommend using a TSP type cleaner as it will help remove dirt and grease
I does look AMAZING! I’m wondering if it is ok to lay the peel and stick tiles directly over the existing plain white ceramic tiles. They are NOT peel and stick. Just boring.
Do you even know if that’s ok? Should we rough up the ceramic tiles first with sanding?
I would think that would work just fine! I don’t think you need to scuff them up, I would just make sure they are very very clean! Good luck!
Looks beautiful! Do you think having grout allows it to remain in tact better than without the grout?
Hi Lydia! Thank you for the kind words! I am not sure if it stays in tact better with the grout since I don’t have anything to compare it to. I will however say that having the grout lines does make dirt appear more noticeable so I have to clean the grout lines.
Cleaning is a never ending battle! Thanks for a response!! Did you have any issues with the existing floor being uneven when installing the new flooring overtop?
Sorry for such a delayed response Lydia! We did not have any issues with the bathroom floor being uneven, however when we do our kitchen/laundry room we will be putting down floor leveler because it is very uneven!
We just did this same tile! Though we used glitter grey grout. Super easy and looks amazing! As does yours!
Yes! Super easy and I love it! Glad to hear yours worked out well too!
I’m thinking of laying this over existing tile in our spare bathroom. I noticed at the store these peel and stick have a rougher texture to them than tile, which I like since our tile get’s so slick when wet. Put how is it holding up as it looks like you installed these a few years ago.
Hi Janell! The tiles are holding up great, it is a heavily walked area though as it is used as a pass through from our kitchen to our master bedroom so it does show dirt easily so that would be the only downside for us.
Did you have a grout haze? If so, how did you get it up?
Hi Jessica! We did not have any grout haze
Thanks a lot!
I wonder maybe it would be easier to paint over the existing tiles?
where can i pu the same tiles please im in winnipeg mb canada
Wow! This is such a great post. I have been wanting to re-do the tile floors in our kitchen. It might have to be the next weekend project! We are refinishing our kitchen cabinets so maybe after that! Thanks so much for sharing!