Well, we didn’t need to repeat that fiasco. I’ve already professed my love for sheet vinyl – it’s cheap, it’s quick, it’s easy. Plus, I find it easier to keep clean than tile and also feels warmer under foot. And it really does look nice, to boot.
For the new house, I set out to find a great vinyl pattern for our bathrooms – and I immediately fell in love with the hexagon look by Tarkett. We bought the sheet vinyl (in 12 foot sheets) at Menards – it’s the Tarkett Urban Classic Collection. (It’s a special order so I just ordered online and then picked up in the store a few days later.)
I decided to use the same pattern in both bathrooms because I’m boring that way. Plus, we could maximize the sheet of vinyl since it was in 12 foot sheets.
I know there are those of you out there who are skeptical about sheet vinyl. But, this legitimately looks so good I could scream. It is so pretty! The pattern is a mix of gray, white, tan and cream. The “grout” is a creamy gray. It’s a great neutral pattern – it seems to go well with both wall colors (a creamy greige and a blue/green).
My friend was over last week and truly didn’t believe it was sheet vinyl when she peeked in to see the bathroom progress – she thought it was tile.
And the biggest bonus – each bathroom floor cost about $75 to finish. And Ryan could easily finish one bathroom in a few hours. By himself. This is huge, you guys! No spacers, no grouting, no cleaning (and cleaning and cleaning), and no sealing. It’s so easy that it can be a really awesome DIY project for anyone.
If you want to install sheet vinyl, here’s the basic gist:
- If your floor doesn’t have it, cut and install underlayment (1/4 inch plywood) to give it a solid base. It should be solid and level.
- Measure the room and cut the vinyl a bit larger than measurements. (Ryan cut each side a few inches extra.)
- Lay the sheet of vinyl in the room and trim the edges to fit perfectly around the edge using a razor. No need for glue or staples.
- Trim out the room as you will – the trim and other fixtures (like vanities and toilets) will help keep the sheet vinyl in place and keep from buckling.
We have lived with sheet vinyl for years and have never had an issue with buckling – I think it’s less likely to have any wrinkles or buckles when it’s a smaller space without any seams.
In the bathrooms, the sheet vinyl lies flat and doesn’t shift under foot.
(If you want some more detailed information and step-by-step photos, check out the post by my friend Jessica at Decor Adventures. She chose the exact same tile for her bathroom and it’s GORgeous.)
Oh, and Ryan also set up the first vanity in the upstairs bathroom. I love it. Because the space only allows for a 36 inch vanity, I wanted the offset sink to allow for more counter space. It can be super pricy to get a countertop and vanity that actually fits these specifications – with the look I like and plenty of storage underneath. (I love that long drawer.)
So when I spotted this Special Buy at Home Depot for $199, I should have immediately bought it. (It came with the vanity, counter and mirror.)
But I didn’t do that. Because that would have made my life simpler. And I simply cannot allow myself to make life any easier. It would be like cheating. And I’m no cheater.
Instead, 2 months later, I went looking for the vanity and realized that it was no longer available anywhere within 100 miles.
But, it was also only $99 now. Which made it my personal mission to FIND. THIS. VANITY.
I began doing random searches on the Home Depot website to see where this vanity was available. It was worth the hours of searching time because we’re pretty much done with spending money on this house and I was not going to buy an expensive vanity when one could be had for $99.
And, after some good ol’ fashion computer time, I discovered that there were 3 of these babies in a store three hours away. So, I bought two of them online and my in-law’s agreed to pick them up for us.
(Best in-laws ever.)
They held the vanities at the counter for us and now they are ours. Victory is sweet. I mean, I basically saved $2,000 in Kim math, so I’m patting myself on the back.
Raise your hand if you think this looks like real tile?
And if you aren’t raising your hand, you need to get your eyes checked. 😉