Asked on Oct 10, 2019

How do I do a DIY make over of my cheap tiled bathroom floor?

by Cheryl

My bathroom has cheap floor tile that has separated. The area is maybe 4×7 with a clawfoot tub. I thought maybe grout or put something self leveling something. ( I'm not a DYIer) or paint/stencil or paint.

q how do i diy my cheap tiled bathroom floor
  10 answers
  • Regina Regina on Oct 10, 2019

    How do i do this in

  • Mari Mari on Oct 10, 2019

    Hi Cheryl. It looks as if the grout is missing in places. I’d try using grout of the same color as the one previously used.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 10, 2019

    If the water has permeated what’s under your split & leaking floor, then you’ll have to scrape out with a pic of the damage & decay that’s making this gap grow. Anything you put over it will eventually fail, unless this is done.

    Shop vac it as you go. Shine a light in there & see what’s left to re-adhere to. The idea is to epoxy it back down, Seal the heck out of it and then make it look pretty.


    If it’s cleaned out & dry, then I would get a two-part epoxy with a syringe-type nozzle, waxed paper & 20+ bricks or concrete blocks.

    Apply the epoxy into the crack, push it around for even distribution & then put the waxed paper on it and then load up the bricks to weigh it down.

    Depending on what cure-time you bought, take off the bricks & see how it took. It may need more “brick time”.

    When dry, clean the remaining cracks with rubbing alcohol and then fill with exterior grade paintable window/door caulk. Smooth with a wet finger.

    Now you can paint any kind of stenciled or faux finish you want on it. There’s lots of tutorials on painting vinyl tile.

    If your our time is worth a lot, skip the other cracks & install new peel & stick tile on top of this floor (once cleaned).

    If you love this house & you’re going to stay here a long time, rip up the cheap tile & install a sheet vinyl flooring or a ceramic tile floor.

    Good luck.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 10, 2019

    If it isn't coming up, you can grout it. I hate this type of tile because of this.

  • Sara Sizemore Sara Sizemore on Oct 10, 2019

    It looks as if you have "peel "n" stick" vinyl tile. Needs to come up. TIP; use WD-40 to remove. Raise corner, squirt it under tile, wait a few, run scraper under it. Takes up the adhesive too. Scrub floor good, let dry. You're now ready to get new floor. Idea; buy large ceramic tiles, clean them, let dry. Now for the fun part.! using permanent sharpies, scribble colors all over tile, squirt 91% alcohol on it, and strike a match, hold close to tile, -fire! - and watch what appears. Use these tiles to redo your floor. You will have a unique, one-of-a-kind floor, be the envy of everyone that sees it. Little bit of work, but oh my, the results you'll be getting.! I do this on 4 x 4 tiles to make coasters. Sells like wildfire.! GOOD LUCK.!!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 11, 2019

    Yes, these are 'vinyl peel and stick style' tiles, not ceramic. As they were originally put down with glue, not grouting, adding grouting will not help them from continuing to come up. With gaps showing that are this big, I too would be concerned about moisture underneath the whole floor.

  • Heje Heje on Oct 11, 2019

    This is a peel and stick floor and needs to come up. the WD-40 removal sounds good. See what is left and use that to determine the next step. Sheet vinyl would be an inexpensive item to use but may be difficult to install with the space. It would be better to go with easy to install vinyl plank which adheres to the floor and looks good.

  • MamaSita MamaSita on Oct 11, 2019

    Pull it all up and check the subfloor. If it's cement you are going to be ok, if not you might want to check for mold and other issues. So, if it's cement I would buy some spreadstone from Daich and put that down. Check it out, the stuff is awesome and low voc.

  • William William on Oct 11, 2019

    Vinyl tile that need to be removed. Warm it up with a blow dryer and it should pull up. Sink and toilet would need to be removed. Claw foot tub can be slightly raised with a car jack enough to remove and replace with new tile. Check the sub floor for any damage.

  • Dfm Dfm on Oct 13, 2019

    get at least 3 bids from the list from the better business burau...their workman ship has been verified.