Hello renters, this one is for you! We’re renters ourselves so we know what it’s like. When house-hunting, you don’t look for the perfect house, you try to find the best house possible. This means a lot of compromises which you can’t do much about, unlike homeowners. We prioritized a newly renovated house with a modern kitchen and a large terrace – but what do we do about the drab bathroom? A tile makeover with tape! I briefly considered using peel-and-stick flooring but it almost seemed too easy… I’ve been on an experimental streak lately so I’m looking for a challenge!
A lot came into play before I figured out how to pull off this idea. I was inspired by the brilliant creators using washi tape to create temporary wall decals on Pinterest, lusting over DIYers stenciling over their tiles and, frankly, put off by the price of good-looking peel-and-stick flooring!
The trick to this DIY project is to find good waterproof tape with strong adhesion, although don’t go and buy permanent tape since the point is to be able to remove the tape when you move out!
Clear out a few hours to complete this tile makeover and be aware that this is a really great thigh workout! 😉 The result is worth it though. This graphic tile pattern is striking and has completely changed the way our bathroom feels!
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For this Tile Makeover with Tape, you’ll need…
- Heavy-duty waterproof black duct tape
- Utility knife
- Microfiber cloth
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Step 1: Tape the first floor tile
Before you start, give your floor tiles a thorough cleaning. Let them dry well before you start and marvel at how unnaturally clean they are. It’s not humanely possible to keep a white tile floor spotless for more than 5 minutes when you have a household full of people who have HAIR.
To start, stick your tape so that one edge of the tape runs from one corner of the tile to the other. Cut the ends of the tape by following the shape of the tile. Don’t apply too much force, just enough to cut through the duct tape without gouging out your grout!
After sticking your piece of tape, rub it with a dry microfiber cloth to ensure the whole piece adheres to the tile well.
Once you have your first piece taped down, you’ll see it’s not in the exact middle. To continue, place your tape right into the opposite corner and cut it short. This piece should pretty much just be a piece of tape shaped like a triangle.
Now, go back to the opposite corner and place a piece of tape next to the initial piece. This one shouldn’t touch the tile corner. To finish, add a last piece of tape in the remaining blank space, placed evenly between the other two pieces, and rub a dry cloth over all the pieces to remove any air bubbles.
Step 2: Continue taping over 4 tiles
Now, extend the tape design over a 4 tile square by adding tape to the 3 surrounding tiles.
Start by mirroring the design on the tile on the left of your current tile. Every mirroring piece of tape should meet its twin at the grout but go in the opposite direction so that you will see downward arrows when you’re finished.
Next, continue over the 2 tiles above. Just like you did for the second tile, create a mirror image of your 2 tiles by taping what looks like an upward arrow. Once you’re done with the 4 tiles, you will see a large diamond design spreading over the area.
Step 3: Extend the tape design over 9 tiles
To widen your design, continue applying tape to mirror the design of the neighboring tiles. Once you have covered a 9 tile area, you will see the smaller diamond appear. This tape design will alternate large diamonds with white hearts and smaller diamonds with black tape hearts.
When you have completed the tape design over 9 tiles, it will be very easy to continue extending it over the entire floor. This 9 tile area will serve as a template as you extend it by mirroring tiles.
Once you get going, it works up very fast! I did my entire bathroom in one morning – granted, it’s a small bathroom…
Does it last?
Well, we’ve had this tile makeover in place for more than a week and I’ve got to say, it hasn’t moved a bit (the first few days are usually a giveaway) – including after a mini-tsunami caused by a shower curtain malfunction!
This is definitely more of a way to update your floor, especially if you’re renting and you’ve been blessed with dull builder-grade bathroom tiles.
I wouldn’t expect this to last like actual tiles or a tile stencil might though, but if you use heavy-duty waterproof tape, it should hold for quite a long time! As an added bonus, the rubberized texture of the tape has made our floor non-slippery, which is pretty useful in the bathroom.