If you follow me over on Instagram you may know I’ve thrown myself into quite a few renovation projects in the last few months. From this budget powder room makeover to a complete kitchen gut, we’ve been busy with lots of house projects since we moved in October. Today I wanted to share our budget laundry room refresh and review the peel and stick tile we used on the floor in there.
Budget Friendly Laundry Room Makeover
Below you can see a photo of our laundry room just before we purchased the house. The previous owners took the red washer and dryer. The walls were yellow, the cabinets were a creamy yellow, and the tile was a builder-grade beige with grungy looking grout. There was plenty of space, but I wanted to make it a bit prettier.
Because we are renovating our kitchen and refinishing our hardwood floors this spring, we had no budget for a laundry room makeover. With just paint and peel and stick tile we were able to give our laundry room an updated look. So many of you asked about these affordable peel and stick tiles so I wanted to followup with a review.
In addition to the tile I painted the cabinets with Americana Decor “Vintage” Chalk Paint and used Rustoleum “pure gold” spray paint on the existing hardware. We left the sink, faucet, and counters as is for now. You can see in the photo below I actually need to finish painting the cabinets. I was feeling a little burned out, but the underside of the cabinet needs a few coats of paint.
Peel and Stick Tile Review
There are lots of options when it comes to peel and stick tile and almost all are budget friendly. We spent around $100 in materials to tackle this floor.
A FEW OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS I GOT IN MY DM’S WHEN I SHARED THIS PROJECT ON INSTAGRAM STORIES:
- Do they stay? People were asking me this as we were putting them down 🙂 but I wanted to wait a couple weeks to give my review. If you want to use these long term you can use additional adhesive below the tile, but most of them stuck fine. We rolled them (with a rolling pin) after each tile was placed over the existing tile. You can see in the photos below some edges are coming up a bit. We plan to eventually retile this room so we opted not to use additional adhesive. Placing heavy books and detergent bottles at corners helped many adhere better than just using the rolling pin.
- Was the previous tile flat? No, not at all. The tile underneath had a very uneven surface and big grout gaps, which made the final result a bit more impressive to me.
- Did you align these with the previous tile? No, we worked from the center of the room out after watching this video tutorial.
- Was there any prep work? Thorough cleaning of dust and grime! My husband likes to clean so I stepped aside for this ;).
- How do they look in person? From a distance – amazing! Up close these tiles don’t look as nice to me because of the seams and overall vinyl sheen/texture…but overall an improvement for sure.
- Can you use these in a bathroom or kitchen? Yes, you CAN. I personally would not use them in a high traffic area like a kitchen. While these CAN last many years there are drawbacks and I personally would just save up longer to get the floors you’ll really love in your kitchen. That is just me, so of course, do what makes your heart sing.
PROS AND CONS OF PEEL AND STICK TILE
- PROS – easy to install, removable (but good luck with the adhesive removal, a hairdryer can help melt the adhesive), budget friendly.
- CONS – tiles can shift and lift leaving unsightly gaps, aesthetically they don’t look as good as “real” flooring (be it hardwood or tile).
Again, for high traffic areas consider additional adhesive specific to vinyl tile adhesion.
Overall – for $100 I think this made a big impact and was an easy project (took about 3 hours) to tackle. We plan to teach ourselves how to tile in the future so eventually we are looking to replace this but I’m very happy with the results based on our investment (time and money).
If there’s something I missed please drop a comment below so others can see!