Bedroom Makeover #1 – Part 4: Laying the Tile

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With the subfloor prepped and sealed, I started to layout the tiles.  I knew I wanted a full tile at the door, so rather than the conventional “start in the middle and work out” I started with the keystone piece and worked from there,  After a couple of re-alignments I finally had in my mind the layout.

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Next, I started to lay the tile using 1/8 inch spacer.  The spacer are in a + shape so you can use them in a standard layout. but since my seams were staggered, I placed them between the tiles like X’s on their ends.  Sorry no pictures of that. But you can see them sticking up in the image below.

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After way too many hours on my knees, I finally had all the tile down and ready for grouting.

The secret to laying vinyl self-stick tile so that it actually sticks, is to make sure the floor is prepped and sealed AND completely free of dust! Before I laid each tile I would pull out the vacuum dusting brush and clean that square area throughly.  It added a lot of time but the results are worth it.

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With all the tile in, I let it sit overnight to assure great adhesion and the next morning removed the spacers in preparation for the grout.  The grout I used was from Lowe’s – Blue Hawk Vinyl Tile Grout in Saddle Gray. It’s a premixed grout.  I used a grout bag (think cake decorating bags!) to lay the grout in the lines. Then just a quick wipe with a sponge to clean away the excess and a wipe down on each tile with a microfiber cloth to remove the residue.

It’s really, really, really important to wipe that residue off immediately.  If you don’t it dries very quickly and will leave a haze over your tile that you will not be able to get rid of.

After another way too many hours on my knees – I bought knee pads after the first round and they did the trick – I was finished grouting!

YEA!

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I love the way it came out.

Next on to picking the paint color.  Here’s a sneak peek of the final two…

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Can you quess which one we went with?

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6 Comments

  • Reply December 3, 2014

    Tiffany

    How is the tile holding up?
    Any discoloration? Weird smells with the vinyl? Grout crumbling?

    • Reply April 21, 2015

      cathygraham

      Hey Tiffany! The vinyl tile has held up like a champ. No vinyl smell even when it was going down. I had a few areas that I went back over with some grout because I had laid it in too thin originally. But that was a quick and easy fix – just added more grout on top if the first to fill in the small cracks that were appearing. Since then, no additional problems. And since I used a premixed vinyl grout the fill in was quick and easy. I have to say that I am surprised it has held up as well as it has. Three big dogs and lots of foot traffic grace that room! I just keep everything vacuum (as best I can!) and damp mop in there every few weeks and the tile still looks like new.

      I have since finished (and need to post) my completed 1/2 bath in which I used the same tile.

  • Reply July 5, 2015

    Charlese

    Love the tiles .where did u find them?Please share

  • Reply January 23, 2016

    Patricia

    What color/brand is this tile? Its beautiful. I am done with the constant struggle of a ceramic tile kitchen and my own 3 dogs!!

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