Decorating on a budget is never easy, but some interior designs are better left to the professionals. Case and point: re-tiling my bathroom floor. But when I saw case upon case of peel and stick tile on clearance at my local dollar store, it was too much to resist.
The Dire State of my Bathroom
Unless you’re a serious DIY enthusiast, re-tiling a bathroom floor is no easy feat. This was my first interior decorating decision, but given the 1970s reminiscent, mysteriously burned, and sporadically stained state of the bathroom floor I inherited from the previous tenant, I knew it was go big or go home — or permanently use a different bathroom.
What Went Wrong
My first mistake, other than purchasing bathroom tile from a dollar store, was that I didn’t have enough of my discounted tile to complete the bathroom floor. Fortunately, I caught this before I started and returned to the dollar store to pick a different design with enough tile to finish the job.
My second mistake was the momentary lapse in judgment when I forgot how difficult it would be to make precision cuts in tile to fit those awkward places in a bathroom, such as around the base of a toilet, and behind the sink.
If lying on the bathroom floor for days on end making painstakingly precise measurements and cuts wasn’t enough of a hassle, the day finally came when I was ready to peel and stick the tile — finally I would see some progress. But if I had wondered why this glorious stack of tile was discounted so far as to land in the dollar store, the adhesive backing that stuck tile to my hair answered those questions loud and clear.
What Went Right
As awful as it all sounds, when I finally finished my bathroom floor, it didn’t look half-bad. I certainly brought the room into the 21st Century. Although the cuts weren’t precise, and it didn’t look professional, I had completed the job all on my own, and I was proud of myself.
If you have the DIY gene, peel and stick floor tiles might be the project for you. Here are the tips I learned:
- Prepare your old floor by removing old tile, baseboards, and cleaning the area
- Measure and mark the floor and your tiles to fit the pieces, and make any pre-cuts
- Peel and stick the tiles, using the floor measurements and making cuts as you go
DIY Network – How to Install Self-Stick Floor Tiles
Home Depot – Tile Flooring Installation by the Professionals