In our friend’s house the bathroom floor was 15-20 year old vinyl. It was old and it had some major scratches. We didn’t have much time and we didn’t have much money to work with but we knew that we wanted to change the floors. Our friends have two bathrooms. One main bathroom with a tub/shower. The other bathroom is just a sink and toilet. In both bathrooms, the vinyl floor looked like this:
We were trying to keep the full renovation under $500 per bathroom. Everything needed an overhaul so our budget was tight. We tiled our master bathroom floor and tiled the floor of both bathroom in another house we renovated. We have the tools, but this time around our time was limited and we were close to going over budget with a few oops like this one:
We were at Home Depot looking for the laminate flooring for the house (more on that soon). The Hubs was doing his deal searching and negotiations while I was roaming the bathroom flooring aisle. On the end of an aisle there was some special order Lock & Click vinyl tile that had been returned. Only the sample is viewable online. One box of 25sqft was about $90.00. The boxes were on sale for $17.00 a box! This required no adhesive, and you could lay it over the existing vinyl! We didn’t have to pull up the old vinyl!!!! We only needed three boxes but we purchased 4 just in case. We ended up keeping the 4th box just in case our friends need to replace a tile. We borrowed a vinyl tile cutting tool from a friend of ours and got “crankin” on laying the floor. It took us less than two hours to do the floor!
Here are the tips from the Hubs:
- Get a tile scorer/vinyl cutter. It will help tremendously. The instructions say you only need a knife. We were glad we had a friend’s advice who told us to use the cutter.
- Stagger the seams.
- Start on a straight wall.
- Leave an 1/8th inch gap on all walls (if you are covering the gap with trim)
- Use a really heavy can (like the weight of a full paint can) to roll over the seams so it sticks together.
- If you have gaps in your seams you can fill them with caulk.
Here is the second bathroom. I really like the floor with the gray cabinet.
A the new floor for two bathrooms cost us $68.00! The Click and Go vinyl flooring really lives up to its name. It was easy to install and the joints look like grout. Everyone thinks its tile. We also removed some Click and Go tile in the same house. We laid laminate flooring throughout the house and the kitchen had an older looking Click and Go tile.
It was so easy to uninstall which made me love it even more. So if our friends want to upgrade to tile…they don’t have to pull up glued down vinyl. If you have ever have done that you know what a pain it is!
I can’t wait to show you the laminate floors!
Thanks for reading!