When you think about vinyl flooring I know you envision that tacky stuff from the 70’s, but it really has changed so much.
When we moved into our home in 2014 there was carpet in the master bathroom vanity area. Who puts carpet in a bathroom? Hint: Everyone in 1986. ICK!!! We tore it up and planned to replace it right away but got sidetracked by other projects (you know, the ones visitors would see). We lived with that sub-floor for a very long time.
While planning our bathroom I looked at hundreds of tile designs. I really loved the trendy hexagon tiles that all the designers were installing. Most of them were at least $10 sq. foot and would take a large chunk of my bathroom budget. I stalked the internet until I found this floor on pinterest. I was shocked to find out it was vinyl but I loved it so much I decided to go see it in person.
After I did some research I found out that it was actually Tarkett Vinyl. I went on http://home.tarkett.com/products and found a retailer nearby. This flooring is in their Easy Living Collection and is called Rich Onyx. Honestly, I expected to dislike this product once I saw it. Even though I’m
cheap practical I don’t want my house to LOOK cheap. I picked up the sample and loved it, and when they priced it out for the master bathroom I found out the materials were only $306.94!
We were in the middle of a whole bunch of projects and on a serious time crunch. We also still had ceramic tile in half the bathroom to remove. The cost for removal and installation was under $400, so we decided to pay them to install it. Sometimes, it’s worth paying instead of my husband spending a weekend or two on the project. Don’t worry though, someone handy could install this very easily!
The installation was quick and easy! Mike had already removed the vanity. The installers removed the toilet and the leftover ceramic tile. Then they installed the new subfloor and vinyl flooring and put everything back together. All of that took about four hours.
Here are some pics of the flooring after the entire bathroom renovation.
Now that I’ve lived with the floor for several months I can tell you there are many surprise benefits to vinyl flooring, that make me wonder why I was so afraid to use it.
Finding a floor that costs less than $310 is amazing! If I want to change the floor in a couple years, I won’t feel guilty because it was so inexpensive although I love it so much I don’t see that happening soon. Tile is an investment in both time and money.
This is definitely not your grandma’s vinyl flooring. The hexagons each have a different pattern, like tile. Nobody believes this floor is vinyl!
Easy to Clean
This is my favorite part about the vinyl, besides the look. Honestly, I thought having ceramic in the bathroom was disgusting. The grout was always gross. It always looked dirty no matter how much I cleaned it. The vinyl floor is easy to sweep, vacuum, and mop. Nothing sticks to it. If you like low maintenance, this is the floor for you!
This was a pleasant surprise to me. Our ceramic tile was always very slippery, and I was worried about falling. Vinyl flooring doesn’t get very slippery at all because it wicks away water.
Vinyl flooring is much quieter than a ceramic or wood floor. It would be great in a high traffic area to reduce noise.
I was really nervous about my decision to use vinyl but it is one of the best choices I’ve made for the house. If you’re on a small budget don’t shy away from this as an option. I’ve already bought the materials to do our other bathroom with this floor. It’s beautiful and centsible!
Now that you’ve seen our floor take a tour of the whole renovation with all of our budget-saving tips. Head over to our bathroom reveal!
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