I was exploring the aisles at home depot, and spotted a vinyl tile that was groutable. It looked pretty great, the grout gave it texture, and the bonus is that it is not cold on your toes and makes for a softer landing for toddlers learning how to toddle. The other bonus was I was able to purchase everything I needed for under $300.
They had both the 12x12 and 12x24 inch tiles in the style I liked. (Sagebrush). I went with the 12x24 subway tile becuase of the way it would make the kitchen look longer. It took about 6 hours from start to finish with the bulk of the time spent on measuring and cutting in the strange corners. The only tools needed were a tape measure, t square, pencil, and utility knife. The tiles were extremely easy to break - all I had to do was gently score the top with the utility knife and bend it and it snapped along the score. Here are the results...
|before - floor was sheet vinyl|
|Peel and stick tiles went down really easily|
|Just peel back the corner and lay it down. I used 1/8 in spacers.|
|Rolled out fridge so I could tile under it|
|Had to make some fancy cuts.|
|Used a wax pencil to make my marks.|
|used a utility knife and t square to score the tile|
|tile prior to grout|
|Grouting the tiles with Earth|
Follow the old adage - measure twice cut once. I can't tell you how many tiles I ruined. Luckily I had just enough to finish.
The spacers were a godsend. It really helped me keep my lines perfect.
I was lucky and had a grid already laid for me on the previous vinyl floor. In the event that you don't, you would just need to find the centers on each wall and make a chalk line. Confirm that the angles are 90 degrees and start your first tile right in the middle and work out from there.
The tiles can get scuffed, so make sure that any furniture has the sticky pads on the feet. Also, make sure if you have anything on wheels like a high chair that the wheels are not locked when you move it.
UPDATE - click here to see a more recent blog post with pictures from a friend of our blog who recently put in groutable vinyl flooring in his own kitchen.