Peel & Stick Tile = AH.MAZING
I’m in love with someonething I didn’t even know existed until last week.
(Don’t tell III.)
But peel and stick tile makes my heart go pitter patter.
Do you feel the same way? Did you know this little gem was out there?
I know to the average eye it doesn’t look like much, but let me show you what we were dealing with before.
It was oogly! The cracks weren’t matching up, the tile color must have been called “puke,” and it was cracking in several places. I’m not sure why we waited so long.
We were worried with a $100 budget we wouldn’t be able to make too much of a dent into improving this eye sore in our laundry room.
That is until I found this post from ThriftyDecorChick. So me and my right hand man and I got to work.
The tile came from Lowe’s and was only 88 cents for each 12 x 12 piece. Can you say…cha ching!! I bought 60 pieces (3 boxes) for our small laundry room. We didn’t really know what we were doing, but figured for $50 we couldn’t mess it up too badly.
We played with a pattern for a while
and decided with a brick laying effect (where two edges would come together in the middle of the piece below and above)…. for amateurs like us we thought that by choosing a brick style we wouldn’t have to be as concerned about the groove lines not matching up, leaving less room for error.
There is a little more prepwork involved before you can start sticking. We didn’t pull up the old vinyl tile, but we did sweep up any debris that was around and pulled up a few broken pieces. We were fortunate that the floor was pretty level overall.
Then we started laying the tile. Here is the BEST TIP WE LEARNED: Whenever we needed to trim a piece to fit up against the wall we used my craft paper cutter! It was amazing how well it worked, and the lines were always straight!
The blade did a great job of scoring the line we needed. Then just snap!
Genius if you ask me.
I have no idea what that green stuff is all over the old tile…
what I do know is it wasn’t appealing to the eye, and now it’s gone.
So it seems III is the one doing all the work, but I was there too.
And this is what two and a half hours of peeling and sticking will get you.
I think my heart just skipped another beat :o)
A few other tips I leaned along the way
1. The back is really sticky. but with a little muscle and finger nails you can pull it up and readjust.
2. Masking tape works well to point out where to cut, when you are too lazy to go upstairs and get a ruler.
3. It’s more fun to do it as a team. (especially when you need someone to move the washer out of the way).
4. It worked just fine to go over the current tile & not mess with pulling everything up underneath it…
If you are thinking about trying peel and stick tile yourself and have any questions, please shoot them my way!! I’d love to help!