Friday, July 16, 2010

peel-and-stick project

Last Friday night Mr. Ritter and I decided it was finally time to get serious about putting in a new kitchen floor. Our standard white/gray vinyl wasn't doing it for us. So we made a visit to our favorite home improvement store and fell in love with peel-and-stick tile. You may question the credibility of peel-and-stick tile, but let me tell ya, it was one of the easiest things to lay and that stuff isn't budging. You can also grout this tile, but that would have included much more work and money that we didn't want to invest. So we laid our new floor right on top of the existing vinyl. We started laying the tile around 10 p.m. and exhausted our supply by 1 a.m. and nearly finished the kitchen.

{This photo shows a good side-by-side comparison of old and new. And my hardworking husband.}

Here are the steps to lay peel-and-stick tile (over existing vinyl):

1. Clean existing floor well before sticking tiles to it.
2. Find the center of your floor by measuring the length and width.
3. Lay down for tiles around the center of the floor and build from there.
4. Use an exacto knife to cut tile on edges and corners.
5. Clean up and admire.

Last Sunday, we made a second run to Home Depot to buy more tile to finish the kitchen and do the entryway. Mr. Ritter finished both floors in about 2.5 hours. He's the man. We completed the project for about $200, and we were extremely happy with the finished product.

{finished kitchen floor}

{finished entryway}

What DIY home projects have you done to upgrade your home?


Emily said...

The floors look awesome, Holly! Nice work! For $200 you definitely got a lot of "bang for your buck." (Yes, I watch a lot of HGTV).

We are in the process of changing our doors, I will post an update on my blog soon but the project isn't done yet...

cal ;) said...

looks great, holls!!!

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