When I moved into my home, the only things in this space were washer & dryer hookups and a crappy mdf pantry cabinet. It's taken me 4 years to complete the space (including the complete renovation of the 1930s-badly-remodeled-in-the-1980s bathroom), but I am so thrilled with it now! The previous owners had installed an orangey wood-look laminate floor in here. The floor did not hold up well to water, mud, snow, gravel, grass, whatever else gets tracked in through the back door. Then it got a little beat up during all the renovations that were going on, plus I did not like it. At all. So I spent $120 on new groutable vinyl peel & stick tile and I love the new look.
What I loved best about this new floor is that you can buy individual tiles as well as cases so that you can get the exact number of tiles that you need instead of buying full cases and having loads left over. I bought 6 extra tiles to keep on hand for repairs if needed and I am pleased with how easy they were to cut and install. You can choose to grout them or not (I didn't) and the pattern hides everything!
Here's a view of the old floor:
and now my lovely new floor:
I'm so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What you can't really see in these photos is the blue fleck in the tile that exactly matches my blue accents (and yes, that step stool is on the makeover list...).
I needed to sand and prime the laminate before installing these tiles. I used a drywall sander (on a long stick) and Killz Cover Stain oil based primer. Other than that and a good cleaning, the tiles were super easy to lay down and they stuck well. I used Rhino Grip Tape along the edges and anywhere I thought the tiles might lose their stickiness (like the small edge pieces and around the doorways and washing machine). To cut the tile, use a carpenter's square so you get a straight cut. I used a utility knife to score the back of the tile several times and then snapped the tile at the score. Then I used the knife to cut the rest of the way through along the front of the tile so that there were no jagged edges.
My floor was extremely out of square and I didn't pay attention to the instruction that said start at the mid-point of the floor mainly because I had planned to do only the 12 square feet right at the door. After I had done that area, I was so in love with the look that I decided to do the whole floor in the same tile. Don't make the same mistake as I did! Figure out the mid point of the floor and work out from that spot, it will save you the agonizingly skinny cuts near the walls that I had to do...
This tile hides EVERYTHING. I can't see anything on it until I step on it in bare feet - don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. At least it always looks clean!
And here is the rest of the laundry tour, the area that is around the corner nearest my washer & dryer:
Here's my new painted wood floor, the window & shutters I installed last fall and the new bathroom and laundry sink area:
If you want more details on how I pulled these spaces together, click on the images below.
Have a happy and creative week!