Kimberly Wingfield: Philly Real Estate Agent
Kimberly Wingfield

Updating a Rental Bathroom on the Cheap!

(Or, how I made my old place into what I wanted without losing my security deposit.)

Upon moving to Philly in 2011 – and before buying my current abode – I rented a cute little apartment with an atrociously pink bathroom floor.  (It should be mentioned here that the floor didn’t even match the tiles/paint on the walls, as you can see in the pics below.)  Since it was a rental — and I think it’s terribly unethical to permanently alter someone else’s property without permission — I was looking for a cost-effective way to improve the look of my bathroom floor that could be reversed fairly easily.  This ruled out peel-and-stick tiles, paint, etc.

Fortunately, had reblogged a terrific tutorial on how to accomplish just what I wanted to do on a budget!

Thanks to Diane from In My Own Style, I now knew to buy vinyl decal material in the colors I wanted (in this case, black and ivory to match the walls,) a bunch of spare X-acto knife blades, and some clear acrylic spray adhesive in order to get started.  I bought the decal material from (5 12×24 sheets of both glossy black and ivory,) and the rest of the supplies from A.C. Moore.  Additionally, I also had a jar of clear, oil-based varnish on hand, as well as foam paintbrushes for extra waterproofing power, which will come into play later.

Please note that Diane’s DIY vinyl floor transformation took her two hours to complete, and she was only changing the accent colors on her floor.  My own project took about 36 hours of effort in total, since I had to cover every single tile in my little bathroom.  In other words, make sure that you have some extra time if you plan on performing this project yourself!  There were three different sizes of tile to account for, and so I had to measure and cut the vinyl accordingly.  I placed the vinyl on the tiles according to Diane’s instructions, and made sure to spray everything with the clear adhesive when I was done.  However, I wanted to make sure that all that effort was indeed going to last, so I added the clear varnish on top of the adhesive once the latter had dried.

Once I was done, the effect was lovely, and everything held up well until I moved out in 2012!  The landlord didn’t mind my improvement, but if he had wanted the original floor back, a bit of turpentine would have quickly gotten rid of the vinyl decal/adhesive/varnish combo and returned the floor to its original Mamie pink.

Total cost?  Slightly under $30 — including shipping — for the vinyl, with an extra $12 spent on both the X-acto blades and spray adhesive.  I had the varnish and brushes on hand, but the varnish is only about $5/quart at a typical craft or hardware store, and the brushes are $1 for a large package at any Dollar Tree you can find.  So when all was said and done, I redid my whole bathroom floor in a rental-friendly way for less than $50.  Check out the results below!  (Apologies for the crappy camera phone quality.)

Before: Pink bathroom floor


Before: Pink bathroom floor – closeup

After: Ivory & black bathroom floor

After: Black & ivory bathroom floor – closeup

2 Responses to “Updating a Rental Bathroom on the Cheap!”

  1. March 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm, Stevie Lutgen said:

    Wow only $30? Nicely done, Kim. I saw this on Google Plus and had to take a look. The approach seems pretty simple but your execution is Pinterest-worthy! 36 hours well worth a small home improvement. Cheers


    • March 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm, Kimberly Wingfield said:

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Stevie! 🙂 You rock!


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Kimberly Wingfield

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Virtual Realty Group

1418 Robinson Rd, Havertown, PA 19083


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