As far as bathroom makeovers that include new flooring go, this one is inexpensive, relatively easy, and not too time consuming. This is the bathroom the kids use most of the time and I thought this would be a good place to start to try out this flooring to see if I like it for other bathrooms. I had areas of the current flooring that had stained due to a candle exploding and hair dye and it has bothered me a long time until I finally made time to replace the flooring.
I used peel and stick planks in this bathroom floor install for 2 reasons: 1) It’s inexpensive and 2) It’s easy to use.
In a bathroom there are so many more angles and curves to work around than if you were to work in a living room or bedroom. The toilet, sink vanity, and tub all provide obstacles that you need to fit flooring around. I have no desire to try putting tile or hardwood flooring in a bathroom on our own. We just don’t have the skills, tools or the time necessary to embark on that type of project. Peel and stick tiles and planks are relatively easy to cut with a utility knife or a good, heavy-duty pair of scissors.
I bought a box of planks and it came with instructions on how to prepare the surface and install them, plus I read the reviews on the Lowe’s website from people who had previously installed them to get more tips, which I highly recommend. Also, on the reviews, many people had posted pictures of their finished room so that helped me picture what it may look like in my own home compared to just seeing pictures of planks.
So, let me share some tips with you that are sure to be applicable to any peel and stick install:
- Really clean the surface well to make sure it is free from dirt, dust and grime and be sure to wait until your surface is completely dry before starting
- Remove caulking on the floor around the toilet or tub
- Remove door threshold if possible
- Paint any trim around the bottom of the wall before starting (it will look so much better with fresh painted trim against new flooring)
- Plan our your placement so that the straight edges are what are visible (unless you are really good at cutting perfectly straight lines, which I am not) and place cut edges so they go under heat registers, door threshold and near fixtures where you will re-apply caulk (the new caulk will look good and hide your rough edges).
- Measure, measure, and measure again (or make templates on newspaper)
- Draw your cut lines on the back on the paper before cutting
- Dry fit your piece before removing the backing and installing
Here are some random thoughts from my install, which I did all on my own, that may provide additional tips and insight:
- Old houses never have straight anything, so be prepared to measure in multiple places, even in just an 8″ section
- Buy a few extra than what you will need. Hopefully you won’t need them but it will be nice to have on hand in case you do and have a few extra that you will just keep so you can just replace a single tile/plank if you need to
- If your floor is not perfectly flat, be sure to to have things to lay on the seams that come up to apply pressure until the adhesive secures it in place. I used some empty gallon jugs I had that I filled with water to use as weights.
Cost breakdown of the DIY bathroom floor install
So, what did this all cost me? About $60 for a 6×7 bathroom.
What did I buy with that $60? All of the tiles, new tube caulk designed for bathrooms (put new caulk in the tub as well), small can of high gloss mold and mildew resistant paint for bathrooms, and the green rug set (just lucked out and found the set on clearance for under $5 the same day I bought my planks.)
I am having the kids make new artwork (still in progress) using supplies we have. I pulled out a shower curtain we had previously used that fit the color scheme and was still in like-new condition. I always find it very thrifty and worth my while to see if we have something that can be used again.
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