Happy Friday! I hope everyone has an awesome weekend planned! After a week of beautiful Spring weather we are supposed to get hit with snow--boo :( So it's safe to say that I'll be staying busy getting some indoor projects done.
When I first decided to give our bathroom a budget makeover I wasn't even really thinking about the floors. I mean, they weren't that terrible even though they were starting to peel up in some spots. However, once I got the beautiful shiplap up I started to get an itch to replace them with something that fits my style better.
We headed over to Lowes to see what our options were. I have loved wood look tile since I first saw them. These ones by Style Selections in Natural Timer Ash are so pretty!
But after reading up on how to tile floors, I started to shy away from doing them myself. We did our kitchen backsplash with almost no problems, but when it comes to floor tile you have to worry about getting the floor perfectly level so that the tile doesn't crack. A professional install would cost quite a bit more than I was comfortable spending right now.
The guy at Lowes almost had us sold on these laminate planks by Pergo Max Premier in Heathered Oak.
The install was something that I was pretty confident about doing ourselves, but then I started reading about people having problems with these types of floors in bathrooms because of the moisture. The last thing I wanted was to spend all that time and money just to have our floors start warping. And seeing as how this is the boys' bathroom I anticipate a lot of water hitting the floor!
So I drove myself nuts for weeks trying to figure out what to do. I'm pretty sure the hubby started going to another place in his mind whenever I got on the topic haha!
But one day while browsing the flooring aisle at Lowes for the tenth time, I ran across these vinyl peel and stick planks by Style Selections in Driftwood.
Despite my excitement, the hubby was not sold at all. But we finally came to the agreement that at $.98 a square foot this would be a good temporary solution until we can afford to do tile.
Supplies Used: (Affiliate links may be provided for convenience. For more info, see my full disclosure here.)
- Peel and Stick Vinyl Floor Planks
- Liquid Nails(for areas of the old flooring that were coming up)
- Simple Green
- Contour gage
- Utility Knife
- Rolling pin
I laid a bunch of the new vinyl planks down on top as it dried. They are surprisingly very heavy!
I also laid out a few planks to see which direction I wanted them to go.
Ultimately I decided on the second option since it flows as you walk in the door and it would be less short pieces cut in.
The next morning I vigorously cleaned the floors with Simple Green since that is the key to making sure that these bad boys really stick. I began by sweeping and then going over every nook and cranny with a vacuum hose. After every little piece of debris was picked up I went over it with some Simple Green and a scrubbie.
Finally it was time to begin! I was so nervous that I was going to mess it up, but was pleasantly surprised with how simple it was to install.
Each piece has arrows on the paper backing to show you the direction of the wood grain. This helps all of the pieces flow together to look like real wood.
You just peel off the paper backing and stick it down. When you get to a vent or other obstacle you just use a utility knife to score and break it away.
For areas next the door and vanity I found the General Tools 833 10-Inch Contour Gage extremely helpful. With this I was able to just push it up against the obstacle and the little metal pins would retract in so that I could lay it on my tile and trace where I needed to cut. It made cutting those difficult spots so much easier!
I didn't take a picture of this step since I got caught up in the project, but this is what it looks like:
I laid whole planks in a staggered pattern then went back and filled in the ends. This worked pretty well except for a few that I laid slightly crooked. When I went back to put the filler piece in there would sometimes be a small gap. To prevent this, it's probably better to go row by row and get the filler pieces laid as you go.
I used a wooden rolling pin over each one to make sure the adhesive on the back stuck nicely.
It was smooth sailing until we got to the toilet. My awesome Father in Law came over to help me and came up with the idea to just slightly lift the toilet up and slide the pieces underneath. It saved us from having the make the cuts but it did cause them to bow up a little bit because of the weight of the toilet. It's not really noticeable but something to keep in mind.
The last step was caulking and I'll spare you all the messy details and just let you know that when you go to caulk around the toilet, please please tape it off! Oh and I also learned that you shouldn't caulk around the very back of the base so that you can tell if the toilet ever leaks.
So about an hour and a half and 20 bucks later we had pretty new floors!
I just love it!
You guys--I can't emphasize enough how awesome the texture is in person!
The dark contrast looks awesome against the white baseboards. I also removed the vinyl from the base of our builder grade vanity and replaced it with 1x4 MDF to fancy it up a little.
Not bad for a temporary solution! In fact, doing tile jut got pushed way down on the priority list because I'm honestly really happy with these. And guess what? The hubby ended up being pretty impressed too. Who would have thought... ;)
*Update--I have had a few readers ask me where they can purchase online other than Lowes. I found these on Amazon where you can get 15 square feet for a little under $15. Happy flooring everyone!
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