How to Install Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile (That You Can Grout!)
This incredible floor is Groutable Peel and Stick Tile .
No Really. It is.
Here's how we did it.
First off, this floor wasn't even part of our original bathroom renovation plans. It actually started with a sink, then wallpaper and will finish with a modified medicine cabinet. We did this floor because of the Renovation Snowball: after the other stuff was done, the old floor looked more terrible than ever.
We started around 10pm on a Saturday with us tearing up the old vinyl floor. Around midnight, as we were hauling the toilet off its anchor bolts and lowering it gingerly into the bathtub, I uttered G.O.B.'s famous words, "I've made a huge mistake. ".
- No subfloor required. If we did real tile, we would have the time and expense added for a beefed up subfloor.
- Way cheaper. Our $50 in supplies did the whole room
- Easy. A beginner DIYer can do this - the cuts are simple (no wet tile saw required) and if you mess up
a tile - you're only down $1.50 or so.
- Quick. We did this whole job in an afternoon: no wait time for drying adhesives before grouting.
- These tiles look remarkably realistic. Not real, but pretty darn close.
Stuff you'll need:
- Ugly old floor.
- Groutable Peel-and-Stick Tile - Ours is Travertine Grey from Ceramica (make sure they say groutable, as plain peel-and-stick are too thin). Be sure to get enough to cover the room plus 15% for waste. We needed about 20 square feet and got by with 22 tiles.
- Grout, in the colour of your choice . Our colour is Alabaster. We bought premixed just to reduce the margin or error. Did I mention we had never tiled a floor before?
- 1/8 inch Tile Spacers. We didn't use them very often, but they did provide some guidance
- Grout float and sponge.
- Utility knife, straight edge and surface to cut tile on.
- Optional. an electric jigsaw. If you have some funny cuts this will save the day. We used ours around the toilet and door trim.