How to Cover Up Old Kitchen Tiles

Kitchens are a focal point in a house.

Laying a Vinyl Floor

Renovations are often very costly but there are many things that can be done on a budget in order to revive a kitchen. Old kitchen tiles can be an eyesore and one of the biggest changes to affect the overall design of the room. While tearing up a tile floor can create a huge project and consequently additional cost, covering up old kitchen floor tiles with vinyl floor tile is an easy fix for a new floor.

Measure the floor you will be covering. Decide whether you will use vinyl tiles or a roll of vinyl. Refer to your measurement to purchase the appropriate amount of vinyl and vinyl glue.

If the walls have baseboards, be sure to remove the baseboards before you begin this process.

If using a roll of vinyl, cut the vinyl to fit the space needed. If using vinyl tiles, the tiles can be cut as they are glued.

Clean the existing tile floor. Use a mild abrasive cleaner to thoroughly wash the floor and prepare it for the vinyl layer. Be sure to remove all the cleaner from the floor before proceeding to the next step.

Let the floor dry thoroughly. There should not be any moisture or dirt on the floor.

Begin to spread a thin layer of vinyl floor glue onto the clean, dry floor. It is ideal to have the room between 72 and 75 degrees for the gluing stage. If using a roll of vinyl, spread a few feet of glue, and then place the beginning part of the roll onto the glue on the floor. Roll out the vinyl onto the floor as you spread more glue on the floor. Continue this process until the entire floor has been laid. If using vinyl tiles, spread enough glue for one tile at a time, adding more glue as each tile is laid. For tiles around the edges that need to be cut, cut the tiles before applying the glue to the floor.

Smooth the surface to secure the vinyl to the floor. Begin at one corner of the floor and smooth out any air bubbles that might have been created. Be sure to firmly press the entire surface to the floor.

Replace the baseboards once the floor is complete.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Roll or tile vinyl flooring
  • Sharp knife
  • Mild abrasive cleaner
  • Vinyl flooring glue

Warning

  • Apply the glue in a well ventilated room.

About the Author

Virgil Dudley is an artist, designer, and urban theorist who has written, researched and designed projects in the fields of art, architecture, fashion, and design since 2001. She has written for websites such as eHow. She holds a B.F.A. in ceramics and art history and a M.Sc. in architectural history and theory and is co-owner of an environmentally responsible clothing line.