Monday, April 8, 2013

I DIY'ed (and have no evidence to prove it)

It's true. There are no photos.

I grouted my bathroom floor two weekends ago, and didn't even get the camera out. I am a bad blogger.

I just wanted to get it the heck done. My bathroom is narrow, my rear end is big, and the image of me draping myself awkwardly across the toilet to get into the far corner with the tile float didn't seem like something I wanted to put out there on the interwebs. I'm not that humble.

So I just have some grout to show you:

The other reason for leaving the lens cap on the camera was, well, feeling insecure and cranky about the whole thing. I had been told and read that you could grout vinyl tile, and I did indeed find vinyl tile grout at the home improvement store. But then (oh, the internet is a big, sticky place!) I began to find contradictions to this information, and warnings, and then more grand assurances that not only can you grout vinyl, you should. My head was spinning. I decided to turn the computer off and just go do it.

The job turned out okay, but did not go at all like I imagined. Vinyl tile is much thinner than regular tile, and so it's really easy to push the grout in with the tile float......and then just as easy to remove it with the sponge as you're cleaning it up, since the depth of the grout is actually quite thin in the grooves. Add the fact that I'm terrible about walking away from anything that needs to be left alone for drying or setting time, and well, let's just say my aggravation level was a little above baseline.

Bringing a camera into that scene was just tempting fate. So I am sorry, but I have no step by step how-to's on this one.

Was it worth it?

I think the difference is subtle, but there. It makes the floor seem more finished. Here's a before:

And here we are all done:

It remains to be seen how it holds up. It is very thin compared to grouted ceramic or stone tile, but it is also made to be flexible to accommodate the flexing you're naturally going to get with a soft material. I'd like it to take me about 3 years down the road before I start the serious upgrades in here.

Would I do this again? Probably not. I spent too much time fussing about with the mess. I definitely wasn't in touch with my inner mud-pie baker for this job. I was worried that in scrubbing off haze I'd also scrub the finish off the tile; it's vinyl, not as impervious as ceramic or stone.

That said, it gave me a more finished "look," sealed the edges of the tile from all the splashy, drippy bathers that go through this bathroom, and (I hope) will make it last longer.

And it's an item off the list! Woo!

10 Mini Projects for the Bathroom

1. Upgrade the cabinet hardware.
2. Grout the floor.
3. Paint
4. Replace the light fixture
5. Replace the mirror
6. Replace the toilet paper holder.
7. Replace the shower curtain rod.
8. Add art and decorative items.
9. Replace counter top.
10. Replace sink and faucet

Next up is the toilet paper holder. 


  1. I think it makes a huge difference in the look of your floor. Small things so often do, don't they?

    And I know what a hard, thankless job it is to grout. And how aggravating small bathroom spaces can be--both to work in and to take photos in.

    You definitely earned a big Woo-hoo! for this one.

    1. I'm going to feel an even bigger "woo-hoo!" for the toilet paper holder. You have no idea. :)

  2. It looks good. If you ever do vinyl stick on tiles again, you can buy styles with "grout" lines already on them, so no grouting to do.