Quick bathroom floor re-do

One Friday afternoon with the house freshly cleaned and the children watching a movie, I decided to tackle their bathroom floor. It had the same white linoleum that was in the kitchen, and with lots of muddy feet and little bodies, this floor was never clean for long! I had plenty of tile left over from the kitchen floor re-do, since I never ended up tiling into the large utility closet. I’m glad now that I didn’t, since reflooring the bathroom was a much better investment of the tile and the time! At left you see the bathroom before. I’ve removed the floor vent cover, and the linoleum has been mopped and stripped to remove any waxing remnants. You can see the vinyl sticky tiles waiting for me.

I debated on where to start tiling in this room, since it is so small. It seemed silly to mark the exact center and begin from there, so I chose instead to start behind the door (the lower right-hand corner in the photo above). This proved to be a very good choice, as I ended up not having to cut so many tiles to get around the air vent hole.

Here you see the first tile with a notch cut out to go around the corner where the door’s threshhold met the hallway’s carpet. As in the kitchen, I laid the tile down, fitting carefully, then used an old rolling pin to firmly adhere the sticky backing to the floor. I followed up with the second tile, making sure its left edge matched exactly to the first tile and its upper edge butted up against the hallway carpet. Below are the first two tiles in place. See how the second tile comes exactly to the edge of the air vent? I was so happy about that little bit of serendipity. (I confess I didn’t measure–I just eyeballed it and guessed; I’d recommend measuring if you’re having a first go at this sticky tile thing! Measuring in the large kitchen saved us a lot of grief.)

The first two tiles

The first two tiles

With these tiles in place, I quickly moved on, since I could just place all the tiles along the left-hand wall and match another row next to them before I had to cut around either the vent hole or the toilet. Cutting around the vent hole wasn’t very hard, since I only had to cut two tiles, and both of those tiles went up against the bath cabinet. The only tricky tile was the one that had to go around the door jamb (which you can see in the upper right-hand corner of the photo above). But after all my practice in the kitchen, I just sailed on through with my handy-dandy utility scissors.

The part of the bathroom floor re-do that took the longest was going around the toilet. Here you see the last bit of tiling yet to be done (and the tiling that required all the cutting for a perfect fit):

I should have been a good girl and made pattern pieces out of cardboard or paper for the curved base of the toilet, but I was in a hurry and just eyeballed and hand-cut a tile to go around the front of the toilet. I was tickled pink when it was a perfect fit and prematurely patted myself on the back:

I figured that, having eyeballed the first tile so easily, it would also be a piece of cake to eyeball the final tile, but the final one included not only the curved back edge of the toilet but the metal pipe running into the floor and the metal ring around it:

I sailed blithely into cutting the last tile anyway, doing my best to accommodate the little curve at the corner. That proved a bit more difficult than I’d initially thought. When I laid the tile down for a test, I saw that I’d cut too little away from the corner where the small ring sits and too much away from the curve to go around the toilet. Blah. I didn’t want to waste an entire tile, so instead of cutting a new one, I just picked up the scrap that came from cutting out the larger curve and cut a piece from it to fill in the half-moon area of linoleum that still showed. When I stepped back a couple of feet, I couldn’t even see the “patch,” and I was delighted to have the entire bathroom floor redone in under 45 minutes! The new floor is very nice to look at and much easier to keep clean. Total cost for this redo (at 44 cents per sticky tile)? $11! Can’t be beat. Well worth the elbow grease! Next bathroom project: painting over the vinyl wallboard’s “wallpaper” to give the bathroom a more updated look. Hurrah!

All's well that ends well!

All finished and looking good!

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11 Responses to “Quick bathroom floor re-do”


  1. 1 Lora Lynn October 25, 2008 at 4:20 am

    We did this in our old house in Virginia. I had the same problem getting around the toilet. And I opted for eyeballing it! It turned out fine, just like yours. Nice work!

  2. 2 Heidi October 30, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Where did you get the tile at?

  3. 3 Sarah J. November 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Very nice job on the floor….can I make a suggesstion for the walls? I helped a friend of mine do the walls in her double wide a few years back. She had really wanted a “drywall” house, but it just wasn’t in the budget. So, we took the tack strips off the wall, spackled the seams, then after it dried we used a primer and then painted. We even did a few textures and faux finishes in some of the rooms. By the time it was done a few months later (for the whole house), it very much looked like drywall in a normal house. It was mostly sweat equity as the cost was not much over what it would have been to just paint over the walls as they were.

  4. 4 Heidi November 11, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    The end result looks really great. We are thinking of redoing our kitchen with the same type of tile when we have enough money. Which might be never, but, you never know!

  5. 5 Peggy November 11, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I LOVE your site! Good for you for downsizing and making your home the CUTEST!!! I always get irritated when members of my family poo-poo living in a trailer! I think it’s awesome. You are doing a great job!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. 6 Amy November 12, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Oh, how well I know that horrible while and green linoleum that shows all the dirt! We had a double wide with the same stuff. Unfortunately it wasn’t in the second bathroom. There they had put carpet! Yuck! Had I known how easy those stick on tiles were, I would have replaced it a long time ago.

    Now we are in a house that has a cute cottage hiding in it somewhere under all the so-called remodeling. At least in a trailer, it’s unlikely that you are trying to fix someone else’s previous fixes.

    I just found you, but I’ll stop in to check out the progress again.

  7. 7 marjie November 24, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Hi Amanda,
    I am finally getting around to sending you a link of my bathrooms.
    We love the way they turned out. So nice to have them finished.
    My husband finally got around to painting the cabinets in the laundry room today.Now he has to take all his darn tools out of there. This redoing our manufactured home is taking us forever. But, we sure enjoy it when we finish a project.
    I am looking forward to seeing more of your projects.
    Here is the link to my finished bathrooms. They are small rooms and hard to take pictures of. One of the pictures is a reflection in the mirror on the door. I couldn’t figure out how to do it different.

  8. 8 Abby October 8, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Hi Amanda,
    Yay for mobile home chicks! Can’t beat the price but that doesn’t mean we have to live with ugly old lino, dark cabinets, wall board, and wood paneling!
    I painted the dark fake wood cabinets with regular semi-gloss latex in the bathroom, kitchen is next. Also painted the ugly dingy wallboard after primer – looks awesome! Texture is like a canvas. Painted the wood paneling too – looks way better than dark paneling.
    Thanks for your tips on the stick tile over lino – I have had mostly nay-sayers, but I think now I’ll go for it.
    I know it’s been a while now, how has the tile stood up over the linoleum?

    Thanks for the awesome site and great advise!
    Abby

  9. 9 queenofmytrailer December 10, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Hi, Abby!

    The sticky tile has held up great over the linoleum. No tiles pulled up in the kitchen or bathroom with a whole lot of traffic. This is definitely a very economical way to replace flooring. Even if one or two tiles did eventually come loose, you could just go buy individual tiles to replace them — and it would be way easier than replacing tile! Hope this helps!

  10. 10 Leslie, the Home Maker September 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I don’t know if you are blogging anymore–I did just find you today!! I was Googling “tiling the bathroom floor blog”!
    So glad to see this!
    I can do it, too!
    Thank you for all the pictures!
    I grew up living in trailers, so, I know all about ‘em.
    I know you have moved on now, but thank you for chronicling your life in one. I read most of your posts! I sat here for an hour! LOL!
    I hope you have many blessings making your home.
    Hugs,
    ~Leslie

  11. 11 queenofmytrailer October 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks, Leslie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog. I’m still into do-it-yourself projects but don’t have the time to keep up the blog. I hope to post some pictures of a cheap living room makeover, though. We’ll see!


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Amanda Livenwell is the pen name of a stay-at-home mom who shares the adventure of living large on one income in, yes, a double-wide trailer! Join our family as we say goodbye to suburbia, trim down, and start saving to build our own home. We're going to talk about doing it yourself, living beautifully on less, making do or doing without, and counting it all joy in the process. We'll cover prep-work and painting, refacing kitchen cabinets, flooring on the cheap, tiling over laminate, upholstering furniture, and just rolling up our sleeves in general. If you love home improvement, this is the place for you. Let's get cracking!

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