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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:

1980s laminate tile before the update
Laminate flooring before the replacement with viny carerrea marble

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.

Stick on carerra marble flooring from Home Depot

Materials Needed to Install Peel & Stick Tile :

Step 1:

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.

Installation of vinyl peel and stick tile is a slow steady process

Step 2:

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.

Use tile spacers if you want to apply grout for a more finished look
Vinyl tile installation in progress will transform any bathroom

Step 3:

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.

Applying grout to vinyl Carrera marble
Fusion Pro grout that is pre-mixed and ready for application is a quick and easy way to finish vinyl tile

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.

Applying grout to carerra marble tiled floor

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.

Finished grout and tile project makes a great budget bathroom update
Finished vinyl tile peel and stick flooring

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25 Comments on How to install Vinyl Peel and Stick Tile

  1. 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.

    • 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!

  2. Hello
    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?
    Thank you!

    • 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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