When we first moved into our home, one of the first small projects I wanted to tackle was our ugly, cracked entryway floor. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into our home and it needed a facelift. Fast. That’s when I found amazing peel and stick tiles.
So, yes, I did my research and cost analysis like I always do, knowing I didn’t want to spend too much money on a project for such a small space. And after getting a few estimates on how much it would cost to have the tile removed and a new floor installed, I decided to focus my energy
If I am anything, it’s thorough. And I found that with my DIY skills, my best bet was not removing the tiles but finding easier to install flooring options.
Peel and stick: a great tool for DIYers
Peel and stick, really? I am sure that’s what you are thinking. But I am a huge fan of peel and stick products — flooring, wallpaper, backsplashes. I have used it for many projects.
In this case, I found a peel and stick vinyl tile flooring option that could be placed over our original tile floors. It was super thin so I didn’t have to worry about the height difference between the entryway floor and our wood flooring on the first floor.
Here are the tiles I purchased: TrafficMaster Ceramica Pearl Grey 12-inch by 24-inch vinyl flooring. Unfortunately, this style is discontinued. But TrafficMaster still makes similar flooring options, like this one.
And since the installation was so easy, and I absolutely loved how it came out, I would recommend checking out these other options if you’re looking for an easy way to update your floor.
Simple tips and tricks
Here is what we did to make our tile work — and it still looks new after four years.
- TrafficMaster peel and stick tile
- Henry 549 7Lb. FeatherFinish Patch and Skimcoat
- Mud pans
- Putty knife set
- 1/8-inch tile spacers
- Utility knife
- Pre-mixed grout
- Grout float (or putty knife)
- Optional: Henry Bond Enhancer
- Add Henry 549 7Lb. FeatherFinish Patch and Skimcoat to the grout lines on the floor.
- Optional: Add Henry Bond Enhancer after step 1 dries. (I didn’t add the bond enhancer as I wanted to be able to lay down the tiles in a specific way and change, if needed, before removing sticker tape on the back. And I was a little nervous I wouldn’t be able to do this with the product.)
- Remove sticker backing and lay down tile.
- Add tile spaces as you continue to lay down tiles. (You do not have to use tile spaces, but I did, and I feel it gives it a more professional look.)
- Tiles can be cut for odd angles and to fit needed spaces. *This was the hardest part of the project.
- Add grout to tile spaces.
- Wait for it to dry.
- Admire your work!
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