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How to Lay Vinyl Peel and Stick Flooring

Learn how to lay vinyl peel and stick flooring. Vinyl peel and stick flooring is the perfect budget-friendly solution!

How to Lay Vinyl Peel and Stick Flooring

Hello! Welcome to another craft closet (and wine cellar/cat poop cave/general storage closet) update. Make sure to check out the last two updates: I shared before pics and inspiration first, and then I shared some awesome under-the-stairs shelving build plans. 

Today I’m talking about how to lay vinyl peel-and-stick flooring! Did that warrant an exclamation point? I don’t know, maybe I’m just to a point in my life where vinyl peel-and-stick flooring gets me that excited.

terraza grand peel and stick flooring
storage closet with concrete floor

Vinyl peel-and-stick flooring is the perfect solution for this space. It’s just a closet, but the unfinished, constantly dirty concrete floor was driving me nuts. And I didn’t want to paint it. 🙂

So I went to Lowe’s one Friday night (party animal, I am) and wandered around the flooring area to see if there were any good options. I originally didn’t want to do a peel-and-stick option because I thought it wouldn’t adhere very well to the bare concrete flooring, and I was worried about it popping up on the future. But when I saw the price (.99 cents/sq ft), I decided to give it a try.

I went with this simple gray color, which is supposed to be a faux concrete. So I’m covering real concrete with faux vinyl concrete, I know, I know…

tile of vinyl peel and stick flooring

Here’s what I used:

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  • 18-in x 18-in Aspen Gray Faux Concrete Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Tile (here from Lowe’s)
  • Ruler or yard stick
  • A utility knife of something with a sharp single blade (like this)

And here’s how to lay vinyl peel and stick flooring.

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Step 1: Our floor was unfinished concrete that just never seemed to get un-dusty, but I swept it up as much as I could.

Step 2: I picked the 18in x 18in tile because two of them together fit the majority the closet’s floor without any cutting. I started by peeling the backs off of each tile and laying them carefully onto the floor. Yes, that’s it, I peeled and stuck. A novel idea for peel-and-stick tile.

peel off tile back
laying vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles
laying vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles
laying vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles

Step 3: Once I had covered almost all of the floor, I had to figure out how to cut the smaller pieces to fit the sides.

First I tried to use heavy duty scissors, but that was a huge failure. If you look in the smaller piece below, you can see the ragged edge. (And Blanche being nosey.)

laying vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles
laying vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles
cutting a peel and stick tile

I ended up using a utility knife with a brand new single blade on it. (Thanks for the tip, Alyssa!) First I used a yard stick to draw a line on the tile along where I needed to cut. Then I kept the yard stick in place as I ran the utility knife along the line…over…and over…and over.

I probably did it 20-25 times before I had cut about halfway through. At this point I was able to just snap the tile along the line and get a super clean edge. It worked perfectly!

laying vinyl peel and stick flooring tiles

Now for my honest opinion…

  • The pieces didn’t seem that sticky when I first peeled off the backing. Also, for about 48 hours after laying them, they made a bit of a “crunchy” sound when you walked on them. I figured that was just due to the uneven floor and that the sound went away as the tiles settled. It did go away…no crunching noises now.
  • They’ve been down for about two months and we haven’t had any issues.
  • I love the vinyl peel-and-stick option and think it’s the PERFECT solution for the craft closet/cat poop cave. It’s actually probably way too much for the poop cave, but I just couldn’t stand that unfinished concrete floor. This is very easy to sweep or wipe up and looks a million times better than what we had before.

Blanche wants to make sure you check back next week to see the completely finished space..and don’t forget, I’m participating in a BIG DecoArt giveaway that you don’t want to miss if you love paint 🙂

kitty on a lap

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  1. Donella says:

    The new flooring looks great! Doesn’t look like vinyl at all in the finished picture.

  2. Jeannee Taylor says:

    You made that look so easy, I may give it a shot! The floor looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing! #HomeMattersParty

  3. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says:

    Hey, Brittany! Just wanted to let you know that we loved your How To Lay Vinyl Stick and Pell Flooring so much when you shared it at the #HomeMattersParty last week, we’ve FEATURED it THIS WEEK! Hope you can check it out when you get a sec. Happy Friday!!!

    Life With Lorelai / Home Matters Linky Party

  4. Theresa says:

    Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party @DearCreatives Pinned & shared.

  5. Lindi says:

    SO good! LOVE the results. I haven’t used this flooring yet, but I just might now 🙂

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      Thank you! I think you’re going to love the full closet reveal tomorrow 🙂 <3

  6. Vanessa says:

    I really like peel & stick flooring. It’s inexpensive, quick, and it sure beats walking on bare plywood or cement. Most of my house is peel & stick, the bedrooms in Armstrong brand and it’s lasted years.

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      That’s good to know! I was curious to see how this would hold up. I’m not a big risk taker, so I’d be scared to install it in a high traffic area without researching, so good to hear it holds up well. It was definitely easy to lay, that’s for sure.

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