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Builder Grade Bath Updates: Hexagon Floor

We asked TV host and blogger Monica Mangin of East Coast Creative to put her mark on a builder grade master bathroom. She created a bold patterned floor using inexpensive peel-and-stick vinyl flooring. We've provided an overview of Monica's project. For detailed instructions on installing vinyl tile flooring, read this article.

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Instructions

Prep

Step 1

When preparing to do this project, you have two options based on your experience level:

One: Remove the vanity, toilet, moulding and any furniture that's in the bathroom. When you remove the floor trim moulding, slowly wedge a pry bar between the wall and trim. Insert a small block of wood behind the bar to prevent damage to the wall. Then use pliers to remove the nails from the wall or the moulding. If you're reusing the same floor trim moulding, pull the nails from the back to prevent splitting.

Two: Leave the vanity, toilet and moulding in place and trim the vinyl flooring to sit flush with fixtures. If your cuts at the baseboard are uneven, use quarter round moulding attached to the baseboard to cover imperfections.

Step 2

Take the doors off the hinges. Because you're putting vinyl tile on top of the existing floor, the doors may need to be cut down to accommodate the extra flooring.

Good to Know

When working with vinyl planks and tile, you may install vinyl over vinyl if the existing floor is only one layer thick. Adhesive vinyl isn't recommended for installation over ceramic tile. Floating vinyl floors work best for this application. 

Step 3

Measure the space in square yards to determine how much peel-and-stick tile you'll need.

  • Measure the length and width of the room.
  • Multiply your measurements to get the square footage.
  • Then divide the square footage by 9 (square feet in a yard) to get square yards.

For example, Monica's bathroom is 11 feet x 11 feet, which is 121 square feet or 13.4 square yards.

Monica used the following to complete this project:

Step 4

To ensure the smoothest surface possible, a coat of embossing leveler or underlayment may be needed.
Read about prepping the floors for sheet vinyl and installing underlayment in this article.

Create the Pattern

Step 1

Trace the hexagon pattern onto the tile.

Trace a hexagon shape onto the back of the square tile using a marker.

If you need a help, use our template for the hexagon pattern.

Step 2

Cut the pattern.

Using a utility knife or chop saw, cut your pattern. Change your blades often to ensure clean cuts each time.

Step 3

Create a pattern on the floor.

Before you start installing the tile, dry fit the desired pattern with the plank and hexagon shapes.

Install the Floor

Step 1

Once you determine the pattern, mark any necessary cuts. Use a utility knife to trim excess tile.

 

Step 2

Peel and stick tile

To start, you'll need to allow for a 1/8-inch expansion gap between the planks and the wall. Peel the backing off the hexagon tiles one at a time and attach them to the floor. When all the hexagon tiles are in place, begin to peel and stick the vinyl planks one at a time.

 

Step 3

To fully activate the adhesive on the tiles, weight (200+ pounds) needs to be applied with a floor roller after you place the tile.

Good to Know

Rent a heavyweight steel roller for adhesive activation.

Clean Up

Step 1

Reinstall the floor moulding.

Step 2

If necessary, cut the doors so they open and close easily over the new floor and reinstall them.