The main floor bathroom is almost finished and I’m so glad to have this project checked off our list. The only remaining elements to pull together are the small things, like hanging the mirror, swapping out the outlet covers and a bit of paint touch up.
Since I started sharing our Main Floor Bathroom Renovation in vlog form over on my Facebook page (I’ve added all the recent episodes to the bottom of this post), I’ve had quite a few people ask about our choice for flooring. And I am here to be honest and tell you – we went the least expensive route possible and ended up with a grey ‘stone look’ peel and stick tile. Here’s what I learned about Peel and Stick Tile over the last couple of weeks.
It might be inexpensive, but this shiz is HEAVY. I am not a super weakling or anything, but I couldn’t carry the one box of tiles we bought by myself. So while installation can be a solo project, you might want to plan to have help getting the boxes in order before you start.
The instructions say to ‘avoid dust and debris’ getting onto the sticky parts (obviously), but that is nearly impossible to do when you are working in a construction zone. So basically you have to have the vacuum nearby at all times and constantly be sucking up tiny dust particles as you go. I clearly missed a few and I can already see that it impacted the stickiness of the tile.
Cutting it is NOT as simple as ‘measure, score, snap’. I can’t imagine a world where that method is the easiest method. I mean, it works for perfectly straight cuts OR for cuts where the straight edge doesn’t really matter (which is basically never) and it definitely DOES NOT work for cutting around door jams, toilets or floor fixtures like plumbing. So you know what we did? We used power tools. We were a bit hesitant because the instructions actually said the only way to cut this tile was to score it with a utility knife and then snap it across a flat edge, but it said nothing about cutting rounded edges or notches at all. So we took a chance and I used my jig saw to notch out the areas around the door and the toilet. It made a big mess of strange vinyl saw dust, but it took about 90 seconds and the cut is much cleaner than if we tried to score and snap.
Here are the vlogs I’ve done so far. I’m about a week behind schedule <— story of my life! But I hope to have the finishing touches in place and a new vlog and photos done soon(ish). Why is it that the last 0.01% of a room renovation seems to take the longest?? LOL