It seems to be only yesterday that we laid peel and stick tile over the girls bathroom floor. Anybody else? In reality, 5 months have flown by, and they have been put to the ultimate test so we thought it was time to spill the details – the answer to everyone’s burning question, “how is the vinyl holding up?”
Well the honest truth is… it’s not as great as we hoped it would be. Hear me out. This was always going to be a temporary solution to level up the bathroom until we could prioritize making it what we really dreamed. Just a little sprucing to match more of our taste and aesthetic. But also, we were hoping it would get us through a year or two.
We learned a lot from this and wanted to share what we would have done differently, or what you could do if you’re interested in this flooring solution.
Sometimes I forget that this is what we started with. As you can see, this tile is so rough and bumpy around the edges. We laid each vinyl sticker over the tile but left the grout exposed.
…and this is what it looks like with 5 months of wear and tear. The corners are definitely lifting up, which we kind of expected since we didn’t attempt to seal any of this, but we honestly think this mostly has to do with the fact that our grout is sunken in, and the edges on the tile are so rough and textured. Combine that with little feet traffic lifting up the edges over time.
Some grout and tile might be better suited for this DIY. But we’re all about solutions here. If your grout is sunken in, you can easily re-grout on top in order to make it more flush with the edges of the tile. After doing a bit of research, we think that even if your tile is rough and textured, it would stay better if you used some kind of sealant coat on top.
So the good news. I don’t consider this a fail overall. Knowing that this was going to be a temporary update gave me the freedom to be a little more brave in selecting a fun pattern and color. It truly has brightened this bathroom and made it more tolerable to be in, especially while we were using it as our primary bathroom during the cottage bathroom renovation.
But, if we were going to do it again, we would (and probably will) add a sealer over the whole floor, or at least the grout lines. I think if your floor is smoother tile, you will have no issues. But knowing what we know now, yes we still would have done this fun DIY update and we will forever continue to renovate in phases.