DIY Persian 'Peel-n-Stick' Tile Floors
Updated: Apr 29, 2020
If you didn't know already, I'm a budget-friendly DIY'er, so I really look to find ways to enhance the look of our home to make it look custom or higher-end, but at a fraction of the cost. One of the last remaining todo items to complete our guest bathroom was to finish the floors. The floor material was already tile, but they were a dated beige, pinkish tone. Totally not my vibe. So I started to consider inexpensive ways to change out the flooring, but it had to be something I could do myself. Introduce Bleucoin, maker of Premium Quality Tile-Wall-Floor-Stair Decals.
Once I found out about Bleucoin, I went to their site and ordered about four or five different design styles to sample. It's much easier to have the sample tiles in hand to mix and match and determine the right style, color, and size. I had already painted our floors the same dark gray color (Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain) as the bathroom cabinets, in order to have a dark grout color. Advantage to darker color grout lines is that it'll help hide the dirt - it won't sit out and scream at you. There is no right or wrong to have light or dark grout lines, all about personal preference, but our guest bathroom is a high traffic space, so that was my reasoning to go dark.
Next, you'll need to take measurements of the flooring to determine how many tiles you need to order. If you wish to include grout lines in sight, then you only measure from the far left corner of the tile to the far right corner (do not include the grout lines in your measurements). My tiles measured 5.75" x 5.75." My original tile layout formation was not in straight up-and-down rows or side to side, but included several unique smaller size angled squares. Keeping them at the 5.75" size, I just had to use the razor blade for those unique sized tiles to cut them accordingly.
I also chose Gloss finish for my tiles, but you have the option to choose between gloss or matte finish. I wanted a shine and to make it look like they were professionally laid tiles.
When you're ready to start laying the pieces down, the process itself is really easy. First step is to always start with a clean slate. Several hours before installing, I swept and mopped the floor to ensure no remaining debris are on the floor to avoid trapping any of it under the decals. You want them as smooth as possible. Once dry, then just find your starting point and begin. I chose to start in the middle, because that's where the majority of my tiles fall in the same directional layout.
It literally is peel and stick! Peel off the backing and start placing the decal at one of the tile corners and slowly place it down. You can reposition it several times to get it right before "sealing" it down. Once it's centered, then I used the hand roller to roll over the tile hard and several times in all directions to make sure it's completely smooth and laid down. The hand roller or paint shield was used to help roll out any trapped air bubbles, but again, you can still lift the tile back up to reposition as needed. I just tried to limit the number of times I had to do that.
The tile design repeats itself on each tile, so no matter how you flip the tile to start the next one, the design will still line up to match the tiles on all four sides. That takes a lot of the burden off trying to ensure lines match up with each new square.
The entire process for me took about a week to complete, only because I had miscalculated the number of tiles I needed, so had to place a new order and wait again for delivery. However, this project can totally be done within hours of a day, depending on the size of your space. The first round took me about 3.5 hours - again, keep in mind, I had to manually cut several tile pieces to account for various angle sizes.
ITEMS I USED:
Everything I used were items I already had from my wallpaper tool kit set, but you really don't need much. If you do need to purchase any of the items listed below, you can find them really cheap at your local hardware store or online retailers.
Stanley Razer Blade
You just need something with a straight edge to help smooth out the decal from air bubbles. Can use a credit card instead.
Wallpaper brush (I had it, but between the roller and paint shield, I didn't need to use this)
95 qty Persian tile decal pieces (Total cost: $204.98)
Please make sure you accurately measure to get the correct number of pieces needed. I miscalculated, so add another order that includes tax + shipping, bumping my total over $200.
TIP: You might consider bringing in a towel, small pillow, or even knee pads to use while working and kneeling for that long. My behind and knees got a serious workout and were pretty sore afterwards.
BEFORE: (original house listing pic)
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