Before & After: Butterscotch Bathroom Tile Gets an Inexpensive Update

Melissa didn't let the outdated floor tile dissuade her from purchasing her first Sydney apartment. Instead, she chose an easy, inexpensive way to banish the butterscotch from the bathroom.

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From Melissa:

After researching relatively simple and inexpensive ways to update my bathroom's hideous 'butterscotch' tiles, my partner and I thought we'd give adhesive linoleum tiles a go because they're cheap, impactful (in classic black and white squares), relatively simple to install yourself, and super quick (versus not being able to use the facilities for a few days!). 

We purchased adhesive linoleum tiles from the local hardware warehouse, and after cleaning and levelling the tiles beneath (which were thankfully even and intact, just ugly), the installation process is straightforward. Starting from the middle of the room, lay the tiles super evenly so all the lines match up. Using a Stanley knife, a pair of scissors and a metal ruler, carefully cut around the irregular shaped parts of the floor. Always cut less than you need to, so you don't have to start again. Waxed baking paper, or tracing paper is also useful for tracing difficult areas, which you can then trace onto the back of the tiles, so you can make accurate cuts. The process only took a couple hours.

Thanks, Melissa!

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(Images: Melissa Leong)

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