Oh yes I did. I laid tile over linoleum. I know they say not to, I know I shouldn’t have, but I did and it turned out great! Stay with and I will share some progress pictures towards the end of this post. I did lots of research and watched lots of videos before attempting this project. Here is what I found…Laying tile over linoleum should only be done if certain conditions are met:
- The linoleum is a single continuous sheet
- It needs to be glued down all over not just adhered around the edges
- There are no lifted edges
- The subfloor beneath is in good condition and level
The linoleum in this little bathroom is one continuous sheet. It was definitely glued down all over. There was one spot by the vanity that was lifted, so I cheated and cut it out. You can’t see it since it is right against the base of the cabinet and I made sure to fill it with thin set when I was laying the tile in place. Our house is only 20 years old, my hubby has been under it numerous times and it is dry as a bone and when I put a level on it I didn’t find any uneven areas. I was very confident that there were no problems with the subfloor.
All four conditions above were met and I did the unthinkable and tiled right over that ugly old linoleum. That was not my original plan. I had planned on ripping up the old linoleum and pulling the toilet, but my hubby hates when my projects become his projects so I am on my own for this renovation project. My first solo DIY was for the fall ORC and I am really proud of my BOARD AND BATTEN WALLS that I put up in our living room all by myself.
The new tile would have required a flange extender for the toilet in order to get a good seal because it would have been sitting higher then it was before. I’m sure I could have figured out how to do it, but I didn’t want to be responsible for a leaking toilet.
So yes, I not only tiled over the linoleum, I also tiled around the toilet. I am such a rebel. Don’t tell me I can’t do something. If there’s a will, there’s a way.
Disclaimer…I am not sharing this so you will run out and lay tile over any old floor. Those 4 conditions have to be met before you do this. You have to do your research. Your tile may not turn out like mine did. So be diligent in your preparation if you decide to take on this project the way I did.
This is week three of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home and media partners House Beautiful and Andy and Candis from Old Home Love. Featured designers and guest designers are challenged to complete a room renovation in just six weeks. Eeeek! Are we all crazy? Maybe a little, but that’s what makes it exciting!
Laying tile is not something I have ever done before, but I am really proud of myself for stepping outside my comfort zone and taking on this DIY project. It took me 5 hours to lay the tile in this very small bathroom, 3 of which were spent working around that darn toilet. An out of shape 50 year old body does not contort around a toilet very well. You can laugh, now that it is done I am, lol!
Remember the awful linoleum? No? Well let me show you again.
Here’s how the whole project went…
Tiling around the toilet is 3 hours of my life I will never get back and my body will never be the same.
Gray grout would have really made this floor look awesome, but I went with white because it was more forgiving of my mistakes.
I am so happy with how this turned out! No more ugly linoleum and I gained a new skill to add to my resume.
I also ordered my light fixture and wallpaper this week. The light fixture arrived Saturday, but the wallpaper won’t be here until the 23rd. Nothing else can be done until the wallpaper is installed so I am at a stand still. This week will have to be used for shopping for accessories, darn it (insert winky emoji)
My to do list is shrinking
repair ceiling paint vanity and add new hardware
- replace vanity top
- replace medicine cabinet with new mirror and lights
tile floor apply new caulk to the tub surround
- put up wallpaper
- add a towel bar
- replace baseboard and door trim
- install new shower curtain rod and shower curtain
That’s all for this week folks, don’t forget to visit all of the other participants at the links below.
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