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DIY Vinyl Hexagon Tile

By February 20, 2019Uncategorized

I love the transformation the floor-to-ceiling DIY vinyl hexagon tile made in our kitchen.

I ended up using a groutable vinyl hexagon tile material for this space. When deciding between installing real tiles and vinyl flooring/vinyl tiles, consider how damp the area will get. If it will be a high-water area, use real tile over vinyl.

This pantry wall is completely dry-much like a floor would be with damp water only to wipe down and dust. Considering the price difference on other materials I loved that ran anywhere from $8-30/square ft, this vinyl material for $2.48/sq ft was the perfect fit for my budget/function as a pantry accent wall.

This material I used is black groutable vinyl tile, in the color obsidian.

Click HERE for obsidian black color tile

This material also comes in a white color. Click HERE for Grecian marble color

I chose the black tile and debated between a white and black pattern but ultimately didn’t want it to be too busy. I chose to go all black with white grout. I feel like it added the perfect modern touch in our transitional style kitchen and home. 

We have some traditional elements through our home that are timeless-like wainscoting and corbels. I love those elements and mixing them with newer modern elements. This large scale vinyl hexagon tile just won my heart, and added the perfect touch of modern to our kitchen!

I really hope to see some of you tackle this project and tag me on instagram to to see your work!

Materials for Tile Application

locktite instant grab- zero seconds( HERE)

-caulk gun (HERE)

-utility blade knife for cuts (I used THIS ONE link HERE)

-(my favorite smaller/compound miter saw HERE + circular saw HERE optional for cuts if preferred over razor blade)

-pencil

-24” level optimal

-vinyl hexagon tiles

-May need a ladder

Materials for Grout Application

-vinyl tile grout (HERE I used pure white)

-rubber grouting trowel (HERE)

-large foam sponge

-bucket of water

-microfiber cloths

-Drop cloth to protect other surfaces.

-paint tape optional to protect surfaces you don’t want to grout

Diy Vinyl Accent Wall Tutorial

—-1. Choose a starting point

Choose a focal, starting point. I started in the center of my focal point wall-which is the middle of the 3 walls I was working with. With pencil draw a level line to follow as you apply tiles.

Apply tiles:

—-2. Apply tiles to wall

Remove paper backing off of tile. Generously apply LOCKTITE to back of tile. Press and hold onto wall (or floor) for about 30 seconds. I chose locktite over vinyl adhesive as reviews were poor for this product saying it bows up and pops off-this material worked so great as an adhesive and it actually removed just fine with minimal dry wall damage when removed. I tested to see before beginning. If you choose to remove your flooring or accent wall later you will need to re-texture/skim coat your drywall.

——3. Choose your spacing

—-If choosing to grout, use nickels as spacers like I did (to save), or tile spacers no larger than 3/16” for spacing your tiles for optimal vinyl grout results (no cracking). If not grouting, continue in the same manner placing tiles right next to each other-with no gaps.

——4. Continue in same manner

—-Continue placing tiles together much like a puzzle, using a level and drawing pencil lines guides as you go, to ensure a straight, level pattern.

—-5. Make cuts as necessary

—-To make cuts, I used my miter saw and utility blade knife equally for more precise cuts. You can use a utility blade knife for the entire project if you don’t have a miter or circular saw. Measure where you need a cut and draw a guide line. Then using your miter saw or utility blade cut down that line.

With a utility blade you will need to make 1-3 passes over the same line, then taking your tile bend tile to cleanly break it along the guide line you just made. Vinyl is flexible and easily breaks Or tears in a Clean, perfectly straight, smooth line-once you have scored through the hard outer layer with a utility blade.

—-6. Light switches

—-This material is thin enough it will fit under your outlet switch panel, remove the panel and place vinyl under the switch plate, then replace the switch plate. You may need to loosen the electrical switch plate itself just a bit- but it fits just fine under outlet covers.

Continue in same manner until wall covered in vinyl.

Grout Application

Before grouting, allow your vinyl grout set at room temp for 24 hours before application, to ensure no cracking.

—-1. Place drop cloth to cover areas you catching the mess/and using paint tape, tape off any areas you don’t want to grout.

—Take rubber trowel and dip in grout. Place between all the joints at appx a 45 degree angle, then remove the excess with a 90 degree angle. Only work with about 2-3 square ft at a time so your grout doesn’t dry before removing excess.

——2. Wipe down excess grout using large sponge and clean water. You will need to pour out and refill clean water frequently as you work. Using a damp microfiber cloth, wipe down excess or water drips from sponge.

—-3. Once clean move to your next 2-3 sq for area to grout and continue in same manner until all joints grouted.

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