Loving the versatility, beauty of vinyl tiles

By Joanne Loos Posted in: ImproveThe Fix is In

Maybe it’s because of the limited space that comes with Island living, but I tend to gravitate toward things with multiple uses. Instead of gift-wrapping ribbon, for instance, I have a spool of twine. That way, I can use it not only for wrapping presents, but also for cooking roasts, creating decorative banners and embellishing picture frames. I’ve even used the twine to replace hooks for Christmas ornaments.

I enjoy finding alternative uses for everyday items. I always have a giant jug of vinegar for cooking, cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting, and a stash of lemons for similar reasons.


Now, I’m looking at vinyl tiles. While I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of vinyl tiles for their intended use, as flooring, I do love their variety of colors and patterns. Vinyl tiles are water-resistant, which increases their appeal, and also very affordable. They come in two types: glue-down or self-adhesive. Because I’m a stickler for simplicity, I prefer the self-adhesive versions. If you’re looking for a fun, easy project, consider some of these many uses for vinyl tiles:

• Label everything. Purchase vinyl mosaic wall tiles. Using a razor, cut out the individual rectangles of the mosaics. Then, use labeling stickers, a marker or other writing utensils. Because the tiles easily wipe down, you even can use a dry-erase marker for labels that may periodically need changing. Then, peel off the paper backing and stick them where they belong.

• Create a splash. Because they’re water-resistant, vinyl tiles make for a great backsplash that’s also easy to clean. Use it in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room.

• Line your cabinets. Again, the water resistance makes vinyl tiles perfect for many uses, like lining the bottom of cabinetry. Try it in moist areas, like under your kitchen, bathroom or utility sinks.

• Cut coasters. Start by flipping the tile over so that you are working on the paper side. Place a drinking glass top-side down on the paper, and trace the circle with a pencil. Trace another circle. Then, use a sharp razor knife to cut out the circles. Peel the paper backing off both and stick them together to create a coaster. Use for drinking glasses or cut larger coasters to use beneath potted plants.

• Stabilize furniture. Cut a small piece of tile to fit beneath the leg of wobbly furniture. Peel the paper back and stick the adhesive side to the bottom of the leg.

Have a question or comment for Joanne? Email her at thefixisinhawaii@gmail.com.