After moving into our home we ended up having two of our three bathrooms renovated, primarily out of necessity (spoiler alert: issues with uneven floors, exactly what one would expect from a tipsy house).
But we left the main floor bathroom as-is because it was not a big priority and the issues with it were primarily cosmetic.
One project I’ve been desperately searching for an easy solution for is redoing the floors.
Now, there are far worse bathroom floors out there in the world. These tiles at least are neutral/white and not cracked or damaged. They just happen to show every single speck of dirt, and with three kids, there are many specks of dirt and they add up quickly. All over this floor.
Also, because the floors in this bathroom are not completely even (again, tipsy house problems), the toilet does not sit flush on the floor, and therefore there was a layer of grime/yuckiness that was surrounding the base of the toilet and I just couldn’t look at it anymore.
Now, the logical thing to do would be to get the floors redone so that everything could be properly leveled out, fixing the floor and toilet issues, but we’re on a budget here at tipsy house so that is not in the cards at the moment. I needed a super easy DIY-friendly solution that required very little skill to execute.
Enter: vinyl decals.
Now, we all know that vinyls decals have basically turned the DIY home decor world upside down in the last 5 years. I stick them on everything in order to achieve a quick and easy design refresh.
When I came across Snazzy Decals on Etsy, I was skeptical at best. It seemed like a terrible idea, especially in a bathroom that is both high traffic and prone to messes and mishaps. But I read through five-star review after five-star review for Snazzy Decals, looked at some “after” pictures by past customers, and went for it. They promised to be opaque, waterproof, and durable, so after a few months of waffling, I finally decided to test that promise.
The decals come in either individual squares or long rolls with faux grout lines. I opted to buy the individual squares. And of course, my tiles were not a standard size (just under 12″ square) so I requested a custom order.
Even with my custom order, my decals shipped within a couple of days of my order, and arrived all the way from Malaysia within a week of my order being placed. And of course, I immediately ripped open the package and installed them that evening. Patience is not my strong point.
On first sight, they seemed rather thin and I was skeptical. But since I’d only be out around $100 and a few hours, with no long-term impact on the tile underneath, it was worth a shot.
Installation was as easy as you could imagine. I may have pulled the backing paper completely off of the first square and then laid it down onto a tile. Don’t do that. You will have no less than 75 bubbles under the decal that you will never, ever get rid of.
Instead, unroll one edge by a little bit, stick it down, then slowly pull off the backing paper with one hand while smoothing the decal out with the other. Once you get into the swing of things, you’ll be able to lay down a decal without a single bubble underneath. And you will feel accomplished and awesome as you completely transform your floor!
Now, if that’s not a miraculous (& easy!) transformation, I don’t know what is.
I’m happy to report that these decals have been in place for around 3 weeks and so far, so good. I was afraid they would get dented/scratched from my kids dropping things on them or from shoes, but they don’t have any marks on them. They are staying put despite being just a millimeter too big for the tiles (my fault when measuring the existing tile). And I have sworn my five-year-old to secrecy, never to reveal to our twins that these are stickers (after which they would make it their mission to pull up each and every one).
But the best part (beyond, you know, the pretty pattern)? The decals have masked the grime around the base of the toilet. Hallelujah.
I’ll be the first to say that this is not a long-term solution, but rather a short-term bandaid over sad, old floors. I know that one day we will prioritize this bathroom on the list of tipsy house projects, but until then, we will be using decal trickery to make our bathroom look refreshed and updated.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to admire my floor…