We Are Floored

Urban Dictionary

Floored:  A term describing the state of being saturated in a particular emotion. To be stunned or overwhelmed in this particular emotion so substantially that it ties up a measurable amount of mental resources.

We are "saturated" in happiness and relief to have our bathroom flooring down and complete! 

Mostly, because all the dust from the bare concrete has really been affecting our sinuses!!  For now, we have one safe haven from dust.  Whoop!!

This is our before of our bathroom. 

It has been a long journey tearing walls down, redesigning and rebuilding this bathroom.

 

 

But, finally we were ready to put some flooring down.  We chose 18" x 18" vinyl peel and stick tile.  At about $1.23/sq. ft., it wasnt any less expensive than ceramic tile, but we were able to save money by installing it ourselves. 

And, of course, after reading so many blogs, we understand that the success of any DIY hinges a lot on proper preparation, especially, with vinyl flooring.  You want to make sure the surface is prepared properly so that the vinyl doesnt tear or crack or worse...not stick. 

When we did the demo on this area of the studio we pulled up carpet and carpet tack strips.  The concrete nails from the tack strip left divot-like holes in the foundation.  We took great care to fill in those holes because it is very important to have a level, clean, surface anytime vinly flooring is used.

Once all that dried a couple of days, Ronnie sanded down any excess to make sure the surface was smooth.

I then, swept and mopped the floor making sure to leave it free of dust and anything that might poke throught the vinyl or keep it from sticking.

That was actually an ongoing process.  Dust and little rocks came from out of nowhwere, the whole time I was installing this stuff. 

Yep, I installed it.  By myself, too. 

It wasn't really a hard project.  It was a little time consuming, but really, it was fun and challenging at the same time. 

It did take me a while to complete it, though, mainly because I let other things take precedence.

Anyway, the instructions easily guided me through finding my starting point.  Once I did that it was smooth sailing. 

Well, at least untill I got to a corner...or the toilet. 

Even though you will have to buy a new seal for your toilet, I would suggest moving the toilet to get the vinyl under it instead of trying to cut around the base of the toilet.   

Another tricky area when laying vinyl peel and stick tile is around the door frames. 

Ronnie purchased this handy dandy Demmel tool which had an attachment that allowed me to trim just enough under the frame to slide my vinyl tile underneath.   

That Dremmel tool was a real life saver.

I love the end result: