As I’ve mentioned before, we’re currently renting. If you’ve ever rented, you understand that it can make decorating difficult! It’s hard to make your place feel like “you” when so much of your home is permanent, and you can’t give it your touch. Though I respect that our landlord owns the apartment and wants it to be taken care of properly, I also LIVE here and I want to take advantage of every opportunity I can to make it my own. Even if it’s just temporarily.
If you are renting, general courtesy rule is you should always check with your landlord and make sure the changes you are wanting to make is okay with them. All landlords are different, but there are solutions that are widely accepted among the “landlord community” (don’t really know if that’s a thing. Maybe I’ll find out someday.) like command products, and contact paper.
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Wanting to redo my Plain-Jane bathroom, I happily stumbled upon TrafficMaster’s Allure Vinyl Plank Flooring on this Apartment Therapy article that allows you to place the planks over top the existing floor without damaging it in any way, so if you needed to, you could rip it out in 10 minutes and no one gets hurt! It simply lays on top of itself, sticking each plank to another. It’s awesome! And pretty simple to install, once you get the hang of it.
As simple as it seems, we came across a few snags, and ended up having to do it twice. 😂But the end result turned out great! So for your convenience, I’ve put together some “tips and tricks” so you can learn from our mistakes and get it just right the first time!
Biggest changes in the bathroom were:
1. New floors that look 😍
2. Took out the nasty blinds from the window, and put in some faux privacy glass using contact paper
3. New white towels, and new towel hooks
4. Added spa-like decor to help the room feel less like a dump (no pun intended) and more like an oasis!
When installing the flooring, you’ll need:
1. A straight edge or a square
2. A utility knife
3. Silicone caulk (if it’s in an area prone to get wet, and you can’t install baseboards over the flooring) You’ll want 100% silicone. We used the Almond color, but whatever your preference.
***4. I recommend getting some snips. Made the job 10x easier for cutting irregular shapes, like around the toilet and baseboards.
The planks are separated by a piece of parchment paper, and I used those to help me make a template for cutting. Templates will save you so much time and effort! Just like they did with this bathroom. Take your time getting it just right before you trace and cut out the plank.
Overall, it took us about a day to complete, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! What do you think? Also, if you are interested in any of the items featured in my bathroom, here they are listed below. Along with a FREE download of that cute poppy print! À bientôt!
- $6 Amazon Contact Paper
- $60 Hookless Shower Curtain
- $8 Hobby Lobby Natural Wood Stool
- $43 TrafficMaster Allure Vinyl Plank Flooring in Khaki Oak
- $15 At Home Bath Rug (I LOVE this rug, but I got the last one in the store, so just in case, I found a comparable alternative for you) $20 Amazon Bohemian Bath Rug
- $10 At Home Little Grey Trash Can
- $30 Amazon 8-Piece White Bath Towel Set