Home DIY projects continue to be a big priority these days. We've hygged up nooks for $50 or less, created themed micro-makeovers, and even stripped 1980s wallpaper in a bathroom. That last one was quite the challenge for this writer, and after all that hard work, the idea of peel-and-stick wallpaper, seemed extremely appealing. Chasing Paper, popular for its unique and modern wall-covering designs, offers a wide range of options, from bright and floral to darker and subdued.
Now the company is expanding into floor coverings. Its new Peel-and-Stick Floor Tile Collection is a versatile resource for renters and DIYers. The tiles can help transform even high-traffic spaces of any size—from kitchens to bathrooms to mudrooms—in a matter of hours.
We talked to Chasing Paper Co-Founder Elizabeth Rees about the company's new peel-and-stick floor tile collection, and how to install and clean them (the sample preview tiles we received feel durable and heavier than expected). Here is a look at the tiles and all the details you need to help redesign your space.
About Chasing Paper's Peel-and-Stick Floor Tile Collection
The tiles are made of self-adhesive vinyl, are water-resistant and have a UV protective print to prevent fading. They’re finished with a laminated top coating to make them durable and prevent scratching and tears. They can be installed on floors and walls.
The 12" x 12" tiles are $10 each or $50 per 8-pack; the 24" x 48" panel retails for $50 each, sold exclusively at Chasing Paper.
The collection features eight designs:
- Arrow in Blue, Mauve and Grey
- Carrera Marble
- Farmhouse Tile
- Marrakesh in Olive and Blush
- Simple Stripe
- Starburst Tile in Black and Turquoise
How to Install the Floor Tiles
The tiles are made to adhere to smooth surfaces such as smooth ceramic or glazed tile, glass, metal, linoleum, vinyl, vinyl planking, wood laminates and sealed/polished concrete.
It’s best to avoid installation on painted floors or hardwood floors as the adhesive will bond to the finish and may pull it up when removed.
What You’ll Need
- A broom, vacuum and mop for flooring or damp cloth for backsplash
- Utility knife, razor blade or scissors for trimming
- Squeegee or smoothing tool
- Felt discs to protect tile from furniture
Prior to Installation, Prep Your Floor and the Tiles
- Lay your tiles flat for 24 hours
- Clean your surface.
- Your floors need to be clean, dry and dust free. Sweep and vacuum flooring before mopping with a mild cleaning solution and allow at least 24 hours to dry completely.
- Backsplashes also need to be wiped down and completely. Using a damp cloth and mild soap solution, wipe down the entire surface to remove any debris or dust and allow it to dry completely.
How to Install the Tiles
Before getting started, carefully assess your space to determine the best place to start. Chasing Paper recommends starting in the middle of your space. This will ensure that the pattern aligns throughout the space towards the edges.
- Start by peeling 2 to 3 inches of the backing away from the tile and placing it down. Continue to remove the backing slowly. Using your hand, a squeegee or a smoothing tool, smooth the tile onto the floor/surface from the middle to the edges.
- Line up your next tile directly against the first. There shouldn’t be any space between the tiles. Move through your space from center to edges and continue until your project is complete.
- When the tile meets the edge of your space, work the tile into the edge by using a straight edge to tighten it against your edge. Then, come back with a sharp razor blade to trim any excess.
Dealing With Awkward Spaces
If you’re applying the tiles around awkward spaces, Chasing Paper Co-Founder Elizabeth Rees recommends pushing the tile so it’s flush against the edge of where you want it to end. “Using a sharp razor blade, guide the razor along the edge of the tile as it’s butted up to the obstruction, using it as a guide for trimming,” she says.
Cleaning and Maintaining the Tiles
When it comes to the maintenance of the peel-and-stick tiles, it’s relatively easy. “To clean the floor tile, use a damp mop and a gentle floor cleaning solution. Finish by wiping with a dry cloth to remove any residual water,” says Rees. Just make sure to check the labels of your cleaning products. “The floor cleaning solutions should be free of bleach to avoid impacting the color of your tiles. Avoid over-saturating the floors, as excessive amounts of water will get between the tiles and impact the adhesive. You should also avoid using any automatic floor scrubbers or mops with rotating brushes,” she said.