Monday, November 3, 2014

Affordable Flooring Upgrade

When we purchased our home, all the flooring had been tastefully redone, with the exception of the laundry room and the upstairs bathroom. Those two rooms still had the original 1980's linoleum. They were pretty damn ugly. Behold...

The laundry room even had brown stains that I couldn't get off for the life of me. 

As hideous as the linoleum was, I couldn't bring myself to do anything expensive in the laundry room because, after all it was just a laundry room. I consider painting the floors but was afraid that as soon as I tried to bring the washer and dryer back into the room I'd scratch and ruin my newly painted floors.

Then a couple weeks ago my mother in law suggested peel and stick tile and I thought it was the perfect solution for our laundry room. When I went to Lowe's and found tile that almost perfectly matched the existing tile in both our downstairs bathrooms, I figured it was meant to be.

See what I mean? It blends in perfectly with the tile we already had!

This really was such an easy and affordable project. Here's the breakdown:

1. Clean floors thoroughly and allow them to dry.
2. Find center point of room and begin laying tile from there.
3. When you get to the edges/corners, trim the tile to the size needed using scissors or a razor blade.
4. For tricky edges (around door trim, etc) create a template out of paper and trace it onto the back of the tile before cutting it out.

At 88 cents per tile, this project cost us a grand total of $38, and took less than 4 hours! Not bad for a brand new floor. 

Do you have any creative ideas for updating your floors on a budget? As always, thanks for stopping by!



  1. Way to go Jesse!
    I've never heard of these before. They look fantastic and like they are the real deal! Going to have to add this to the memory bank.
    Have a great day!

    1. Thanks Luisa! I hope you have a great day too!

  2. Awesome project ~ thanks for the breakdown of how much it cost as well.

  3. Are these real tile? Where did you buy them?

    1. Hi Nicole, these tiles are peel and stick. They are made out of something like plastic and the backs of them adhere directly to laminate or concrete or any smooth surface. I bought them at Lowe's but I know Home Depot also carries similar products!

  4. I have a small basement bathroom this is perfect!

    1. Good luck! :) Sounds like the perfect place for peel and stick tile!

  5. This looks great. I think I might need to put these in my kitchen & laundry room.

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