Only one more week till the full reveal of my guest bathroom renovation! If you’re new to the One Room Challenge, it’s where 20 featured designers and hundreds of guest participants root each other on to transform a room in 6 weeks.
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In Week 3 I mentioned a change of heart with the flooring, and was uncertain as to whether or not it would work. Well, it did (HALLELUJAH) and it was incredibly easy to install - minus the fact that my back locked up half way through and I’m still nursing it back to good.
Aside from that, it was a breeze to bang out in one afternoon so I’m sharing the process with you here today!
STEP 1: DEEP CLEAN
Since I installed this over the existing ceramic tile, it needed to be spic and span – completely dirt and residue free (especially since my son leaves 9 lbs of hairspray overspray on the floor).
I dissolved 2 tbsp of TSP in 2 gallons of hot water and used a Scotch-Brite pad to scrub the floor in true Cinderella style.
Next, I used the microfiber cloth to dry the floor and absorb any residue. I waited about 20 minutes more before moving to the next step just to ensure the floor was completely dry.
Don’t forget - I live in the dry desert where it’s 4 million degrees and things dry quickly, so if your climate is not as extreme then you may want to wait a little longer.
STEP 2: INSTALLATION
- Peel and Stick Vinyl Floor Tiles
- Utility Knife
- Contour Gage
- Kitchen and Bath Adhesive Sealant
Luckily I didn’t have to deal with a lot of strange angles or curves in this small bathroom – or I may have ended up painting the floor. But, there was one tough area by the door that the contour gage really helped template.
I made sure the edge of the gage was positioned where I needed the edge of the vinyl tile to be, and pushed it in until it met with the edge of the door trim.
Then I used a sharpie to trace the angles and draw a straight line across the tile where it needed to be cut to the other edge.
I used the utility knife to cut along the line I traced and test fit it with the protective backing still intact. I knew it didn’t need to be perfect - just as close as possible, because the sealant would fill in any gaps.
Once it test fit properly, I carefully removed the protective backing and positioned it into place. These are extremely sticky and you will not have a whole lot of wiggle room once it adheres to the surface, so I positioned the edge of the tile against the angles and side and pressed it down once those were lined up where I wanted them.
I repeat this step for each tile thereafter, going row by row and test fitting each one to make sure the pattern and edges lined up before adhering it to the surface. The pattern is slightly off in some areas which seemed to be a manufacturing issue, but the floor is so busy and it’s ever so slight that you don’t notice it unless you really study it. To be honest, it was less than $100 for all of the flooring in this small guest bathroom renovation so I can get past it.
After all of the flooring was in place, I went around the perimeter of the room with the kitchen and bath sealant to fill in any gaps.
I think this is a really great cost effective product if you’re looking to redo flooring on a budget, or looking for a temporary solution until you can go all out. It was also MUCH quicker and easier than painting tile.
I can hardly wait to share my completed guest bathroom renovation with you all next Thursday!! These 5 weeks have flown by and I’m beyond ready to have the mess out of my hallway while enjoying a clean house.
Are you guys getting anxious to see all the amazing rooms the ORC participants have transformed next week??
I know I am!