10 Minute Dollar Store Bird Feeder

10 min dollar store silver platter bird feeder

Mother’s day is right around the corner and I’ve been contemplating gift ideas for my mom this year. Like the majority of people I know, they’re working on a budget and my story is no different. I want to give her something that she’ll adore, but let’s be real it has to be reasonably priced.

Even though she deserves her own yacht in the Mediterranean.

It being spring and all I decided that a bird feeder would be the best way to go. Here are Some Reasons Why

1. Homemade gifts are freaking awesome when you are trying to save $$$.
2. This project is super easy.
3. There are hardworking bird moms that need easy weekday meals just like us.

Real talk people, real talk. Anyways my mom and I enjoy being outdoors and observing nature so it fits. I went to the Dollar Tree and found a super cute oval silver platter that would make a superb bird feeder.

I traveled to Walmart and picked up some thin twine so I could hang up the bird feeder. Obviously the silver platter was only a $1 plus tax. The twine ran me just under $4 if I remember correctly.

I spent under $6 dollars for this! Six dollars! It would be hard to find a half way decent bird feeder at a thrift store for that price.

Dollar store silver platter and twine

This bird feeder turned out perfect. It took 10 minutes of my time to make, if that. If you’re in need of a Mother’s day gift idea or gift idea in general, here’s how I made mine.

Tools for the Dollar Store Bird Feeder

Platter-mallet-mechanic pick

I used a mallet and mechanic pick for this bird feeder. An awl is another great option for hole punching. I had a mechanic pick on hand so that’s what I used. The dollar store platter was thin enough to easily punch holes in to string my twine through.

Punching Holes

This part was a little scary because I didn’t want to destroy this silver platter. The silver platter was cheap and I was nervous that any amount of pressure might awkwardly dent it. However, I gave it a try anyway and to my surprise it turned out just fine.

Punching hole with mechanic pick

I centered my pick and hit it with the mallet making one hole on each side of the platter.

Bird feeder platter with holes punched

Stringing the Twine Through the Platter

I started on the long end first. I ran the twine through the top of the platter and ran it underneath to the opposite end and pushed it up through the top again.

I used the second piece of twine to do the same thing on the shorter side. The twine made a cross pattern underneath to support the weight of the bird seed.

I didn’t measure the twine. I kept pulling the twine through until I had a length I liked.

Stringing through the top of the bird feeder platter


Twine through all 4 sides of bird feeder platter

Making a Loop to Hang the Feeder

I made sure the bird feeder was level before tying my knot. I grabbed all 4 strings and tied them together, leaving a couple of inches of string to make a loop with.

Knot for bird feeder loop

I left roughly 5 inches of extra twine after my knot. I held the knot and slid my fingers up 3 inches over the remaining twine and made another knot. Ta-da! Instant loop.

Bird feeder double knot loop

Please excuse the kitty butt photo bomb.

Dollar store silver platter bird feeder

I added some seed to give it an official bird feeder look. *Dinner bell rings in background* Come and get it birds!

Dollar store silver platter bird feeder with seed

Dollar store silver platter bird feeder

Trying to find the perfect gift for Mother’s day isn’t always easy. Go the easy and inexpensive route this year and make a dollar store bird feeder. I know my mom will love this, and yours might too!

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Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

Outdoor mason jar chandelier

Spring is here and the family and I are starting to spend more afternoons outdoors so I thought it would be nice to spice up our backyard with some new decor. I’ve been wanting an outdoor chandelier for some time now, one that we could hang in tree and lay a picnic blanket underneath.

I’m in love with the farmhouse look just like the rest of Pinterest is right now, so I already knew the look I was going for. Mason jars and rope would be involved for sure.

Mason jars would be a great addition to this idea for lighting since they are so versatile and have that woodsy feel. The rope would give it that rustic edge I was trying to achieve.

I planned to use battery powered tea light candles to prevent the possibility of burning the rope. Although real candles would look amazing!

My plan was to keep it cheap so I headed down to my local Dollar Tree and Walmart to pickup the necessities.

What I Used for my Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

I bought the hula hoop and tea lights at the Dollar Tree. They had hula hoops in a few different sizes, but I went with the smallest one I could find since it would be easiest to work with. The tea lights were two to a pack so my total spent was $4 plus tax.

The mason jars came in a pack of 12 for a little over $10. I’m sure I’ll come up with something else to do with the other six. Tiki torches maybe?

Anyways, I made sure to purchase the wide mouth variety. I didn’t want to have trouble pulling my hand out after placing my tea lights.

I also bought the rope at Walmart for under $8. I still have a decent amount left for other projects. I already had a glue gun and glue sticks on hand so no extra dollars spent there.

I spent $22 total which isn’t too shabby considering I only used half of the mason jars and had 14 feet of rope leftover. My cost is covered on other spring projects now. Thumbs up to that!

Mason Jar Chandelier Starter Kit

Wrapping the Hula Hoop in Rope

I cut my rope in sections of 3 or 4 feet so I wouldn’t have to toss the entire rope bundle around while I wrapped and glued it down. When I started, glued the rope as I wrapped it around the hula hoop.

After awhile I wanted to save my glue and speed things up so I glued 6 or 7 inches worth and then continued to wrap it around without glue until a few inches from the end of my rope.

Then I glued the remaining rope down as I wrapped to keep my entire section of rope in place. This helped me save glue and time, and also hold everything in place perfectly.

Gluing the rope to the hula hoop


Wrapping the hula hoop

Here’s the hula hoop completely wrapped in rope.

Outdoor chandelier base wrapped in rope

Look closer. You like where this is going don’t you?

Outdoor Chandelier wrapped in rope

Preparing the Mason Jars

This part turned out to be really easy, however, I was somewhat concerned if I could put a hole in the lid without ruining it. I planned to tie a knot in the rope after putting it through the lid. I figured that should secure it fairly well and it did!

First, I used a screw driver to put the hole in my lid. I centered the screw driver and pressed down until I indented the lid.

Once I had my center point marked, the “not so safe part” started. I held the mason jar down securely and made small jabs repeatedly with the screw driver until it broke through the lid. Definitely not safe, so be careful if you go about it this way.

Screw driver used to add the hole in the mason jar lid

I only held the screw driver up about 3 inches away from the lid during this process and it took a good number of jabs before the lid gave way. Like I mentioned before, my way is a little sketchy on safety protocol so if you know of a safer way please try that way instead.

Mason Jar lanterns with holes in lids

Turning Mason Jars into Pendant Lights

The next part consisted of measuring and tying a knot in the rope after putting it through the lid. After tying the knot and securing the lid I measured the rope about 14 inches from the top of the mason jar.

Tied knot in mason jar lid

Turning mason jars into 14 in pendant lights

Attaching the Mason Jar Pendant Lights

I held the pendant light rope up against the hula hoop and measured 6 inches in length. I didn’t want my pendant lights hanging too long so I thought 6 inches was a decent length.

Hanging mason jar pendant 6 in from base of hoop

Next I grabbed my glue gun and started gluing the rope down.

Wrapping rope around pendant base

The length around the hula hoop was 80 inches. Since I was hanging 6 mason jar pendant lights, I divided 80 by 6 and figured proper spacing would be about 13 inches apart.


Mason jar pendants spaced out 13 in apart

After I attached all the pendant lights, I cut 3 sections of rope at 27 inches in length. I wrapped and glued the ends and was ready to make my loop.

Tying the outdoor mason jar chandelier ropes

I twisted and folded over the remaining two strands of rope into a loop. Then I wrapped and glued the third piece around the ends.

Loop for chandelier

Here is the completed Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier! I’m so glad I took the time to work on this project. It’s exactly what I envisioned.

Completed Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

I waited til dusk to add the tea lights.

Completed Nightime Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

Nighttime view of Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier

How great would this look with fairy lights?! I wish I could’ve got my hands on some earlier. If I do, I’ll make sure to update this post with the new look.

Mason jar with tea light

If you liked my outdoor mason jar chandelier project make sure to stop by my pinterest page to see my pins and other inspirational backyard projects.

Let me know what you think. Would you prefer real candles, battery powered tea lights or fairy lights?

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How to Build a Wire Basket Organizer

How to build a wire basket organizer

I like easy. Easy is my favorite thing to do. And when adorable home decor projects are easy, it’s a beautiful thing. This simple wire basket organizer is just that.

In an earlier blog, DIY Natural Wood Shelves, I had a few pieces of scrap wood that had the potential to be something great, but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them.

A few weeks prior I picked up some really cool rose gold wire baskets at Walmart for under $2 each. I originally planned to sit these on shelves and use them for storage, but I thought about how awesome they’d look attached to a piece of scrap wood.

And so it began, the scrap wood wire basket organizer project.

Tools You’ll Need

Sanding Your Scrap Wood

Grab your piece of scrap wood and sand it down. My wooden plank had slight chain saw marks so I used an 80 grit paper to smooth it down. This part is optional. I decided to sand and coat it with poly to match my other shelving.

Sanding wood with 80 gritChoose a Sealant

I used polyurethane since I wanted a shiny top coat. If poly isn’t an option, I heard that coconut oil works as a great sealant too.

The difference would be the shine and the way the two sealants are applied. Obviously poly is super shiny and the coconut oil is only slightly shiny. Poly is painted on and coconut oil is buffed on like a wax. A brush or cloth could be used for coconut oil application.

If you choose poly make sure it dries for the recommended amount of time. I dried mine overnight just to be sure.

Picking the Wire Baskets

I mentioned earlier that I picked up these rose gold wire beauties at my local Walmart for uber cheap. Yay! I love a good deal. I mean I’m no Walmart fanatic, but these were a great steal for under $2 bucks each.

Rose gold wire baskets

I’m planning to use more rose gold throughout my laundry room and it made perfect sense to use these guys for my wire basket organizer. This is going in my laundry room by the way…now lonesome socks will have a place to hang out until a match comes along.

 Attaching the Wire Baskets

I started out by laying my baskets side by side across the piece of wood. Once I had them evenly spaced, I pre-drilled small holes where I wanted my screws to be.

Laying out wire baskets


Pre-drilled holes for wire basket organizer

I removed my baskets and drilled in the screws. I had to make sure I didn’t drill my screws in too far because I wanted my baskets to have enough edge to hang from.

Mounting the Wire Basket Organizer to the Wall

For this part I held the nearly finished organizer to the wall with a leveler on top. I wanted to center it between the two wall studs and avoid slapping it up there lopsided. I lightly marked the wall with a pencil and then marked the edge of the wood in the same location so I could line up the wall screws with the D-rings.

Holding organizer level while marking studs

Make sure the wall screws are about 1.5″ to 2″ long so they can support the wooden plank.

These are the D-rings I used for the back of the wire organizer. I knew I needed something sturdy enough to keep the organizer in place and these D-rings do the job.

D-rings for hanging wire basket organizer

I used my drill to screw in the D-rings. Now I was ready to hang my wire basket organizer!

Hanging my wire basket organizer

Love, love, love! Look at those colors!

Here it is, baskets and all. Now this is a storage fix that’s simple, beautiful and useful!

Completed wire basket organizer made from raw scrap wood

Excuse my pile of freshly washed clothes hiding. Actually I think I have a few single socks I could throw in there right now.

Wire Basket Organizer Made from Raw Scrap Wood

I think I’ll be adding one of these to my kitchen next for storing fruits and veggies. Where would you use a wire basket organizer in your home?

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How to Make Your Own Brooder Box From a Storage Container

How to make a brooder box from a storage container

Our first time raising chicks taught us a lot about what to do and what not to do. Providing your chicks with a proper brooder box from 0-6 weeks makes things easier for you and them.

One thing we learned was that chicks grow fast! They transformed from tiny balls of adorable yellow and brown fluff into mini feathered raptors. Sweet and curious raptors though, not the scary meat eating kind.

Originally we used a kiddie pool for a brooder box, but our chicks kept hopping out until I found a better solution. (I know, I know! I should have done more research on raising chickens before starting on this quest.)

Next we tried a general plastic container, but it still wasn’t quite tall enough after another week or so of booming chicken growth.

The final solution? It was a 45 gallon storage container with a lid. Why this didn’t occur to me sooner is beyond me. My only issue was how to craft the lid so it would keep the chickens in, but also allow for air flow.

Storage container for a brooder box

Cut out the center and replace it with chicken wire of course! Here’s how we made our cozy and secure brooder box:

Items You’ll Need

  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutter
  • 45 gallon storage container (Target for $17)
  • Power Drill (saw disc and drill bit)
  • Sturdy twine or craft string

Removing the Center of the Brooder Box Lid

We used our power drill with the saw disc attachment to cut out the center of the lid. There are probably more ways to go about this, so do whatever is convenient for you.

Cutting the lid for the brooder box

We kept the lid attached to the container for added support during the sawing process. If you do it this way, make sure to wipe the container and lid down really well afterwards. We didn’t want our chicks eating any of the plastics granules or dust left over from drilling.

Brooder box lid before drilling holes

Drilling the Holes on the Lid

The plan here was to create small holes so I could weave my string through and secure the chicken wire to the lid.

Brooder box holes for chicken wire attachment

I used our regular drill bit to punch holes through the lid. I spaced out the holes roughly 3 to 4 inches apart.

Brooder box lid with drilled holes

Attaching the Chicken Wire

Luckily, I had some left over chicken wire from when we built our outside coop so I didn’t have to buy any. I grabbed my chicken wire and rolled out just enough to cover the area I needed to cover.

Chicken wire for brooder box lid and wire cutter

I trimmed the wire with my wire cutters making sure to leave a 2 inch overlap so I would have enough wire available to weave my string through.

Brooder box lid with chicken wire

Once my wire was trimmed, I centered it on my lid and started weaving my string through.

Craft string for attaching chicken wire to my brooder box lid

No fancy industrial string here. I had this craft string laying around and it seemed sturdy enough to handle the job after a couple of tug tests.

Weaving my string through my brooder box lid to attach the chicken wire

I wove the string through an extra time on the last hole and tied a knot to keep my wire in place.

Completed storage container brooder box

Now you can sit easy knowing your chicks are happy and safe in their brand new brooder box.

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DIY Natural Wood Shelves

pin natural wood shelves

Natural wood shelves have been a secret obsession of mine for some time now. I love the effortless beauty of raw wood and the warmth it brings into a home. This was the perfect project for us to tackle due to the fact that our backyard is practically a mini forest.

Shelves in general are a great way to fill up an empty wall space and get organized. Plus, we had plenty of lovely cedar trees to choose from.

I knew it was only a matter of time before I started a project involving wood shelves in our home and I’m glad we did because they turned out amazing!

So here’s how it went down.

Slicing and Dicing Our Cedar Tree

Since this project was basically screaming to be done, we dove right in and got it done. The hubs busted out our monster of a chain saw and connected the chain saw mill attachment and sawed away.

I wanted thick shelves, so he cut the planks on the 1.5″ setting.

cutting cedar planks

Measure Twice, Cut Once

All I needed was 2 planks from this log since it was so large. My goal was to make 3 shelves, each at 26 inches long. These babies are going into my laundry room that’s currently under construction.

The next step was the cutting process. I measured the 26 inches I needed and marked it with a pencil for an accurate cut. We used a table saw to do the dirty work.

raw cedar shelves

The Sanding Process

I decided to sand the chainsaw marks down for a smooth surface by using our super convenient mouse palm sander. I used 80 grit sandpaper.

The higher the sandpaper number, the finer the grit. The lower the sandpaper number, the grit is more coarse.

For example, if the wood is really rough it would be best to use a 40 or 80 grit sandpaper to easily remove large indentations in the wood.

sanding cedar 80 grit

Use a finer grit such as 120 or 220 to get a smooth polished feel after the initial sanding. I, on the other hand, only used 80 grit and the result was smooth enough for me.

There were a few slight chainsaw marks left, but I liked the look so I stuck with it.

sanded cedar plank 80 girt

I also sanded all the edges for a rounded worn look.

rounded cedar plank edges

Sealing our Cedar Shelves

The natural color of cedar is way too pretty to stain in my opinion, so I opted for polyurethane finish to seal my shelves. I used the clear Minwax brand with a 2″ synthetic bristle brush.

Minwax clear polyurethane

Excuse my can. Its been used and abused.

Make sure to dust and wipe the wood down before applying any type of sealant.

The last thing you want to deal with is getting your brush gunked up with loads of wood dust and messing up your smooth finish.

cedar shelves with polyurethane

The color came out so rich after applying the poly. LOVE.

Once the shelves dried, I sanded lightly with a 220 fine grit block and reapplied the poly. I only coated the bottoms with one coat of poly because who cares?…I didn’t. I was ready to slap these beauties on my wall. I have no patience. That’s one thing I’m still trying to master.

All done!

cedar planks with 2 coats of poly

Mounting Our Natural Wood Shelves

This was probably the scariest part for me. Not counting the chainsaw part because chainsaws and I don’t get along. I like my limbs attached to my body.This project wouldn’t have happened without my husband’s help.

I hate the leveling and drilling aspect of this because I feel like I just plain out suck at it. If I could eyeball everything and have it turn out perfect I’d be golden. Anyways, back to reality.

Tools You’ll Need for Mounting Shelves
  • Stud finder
  • Leveler
  • Screws
  • Screw driver

I decided the best way to do this was to mount my brackets to the wall first. So I grabbed my stud finder and went to work.

stud finder

The red light on the stud finder supposedly indicates the “edge” of the stud. I used my pencil to lightly mark the edges of the stud from both directions.

Next I placed the leveler on top of the bracket to make sure I screwed it in properly.

wall bracket with leveler

I’m not sure if this is the best technique for installing shelves, but it worked for me.

I measured the space I wanted to have between my shelves and continued on my way until I had all my brackets in place. Then I put the icing on the cake when I attached my cedar shelves, Viola!

installed natural wood cedar shelves

I present to you my beautiful natural wood shelves with my final touches.

Complete natural cedar wood shelves

Fill me in on your latest project using raw wood or shelving you’ve been aching to attempt!

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DIY Bird Bath for $20

DIY Two Tier Bird Bath pinterest

 

For the longest time I’ve wanted to add an adorable bird bath to our front yard, but I could never find one within the right price range.

I wanted something that had a great color to make our yard pop and had that water fountain-like elegance.. Anyways I decided what better way to get what I want than to make it myself.

I’ve seen people use candle sticks and lamp posts for bases in a couple of projects so I thought that would be perfect for my DIY bird bath. Goodwill is my main go to.

One day I’m hoping to get myself together become a more consistent garage sale hunter, but Goodwill is always there for me at 4:30pm on a Sunday afternoon. Well, here’s what I was lucky enough to nab up during my Goodwill raid:

My Finds

  • Large table lamp in a Roman column design. (Great bargain for $3.13 since it wasn’t working.)
  • Small and shallow flower shaped bowl. ($1.25)
  • A baby shower platter. ($1.57)
  • Decorative glass cup ($1.91)

Good will bird bath finds

I came across the flower bowl first and then the lamp second. I initially thought the flower bowl and lamp would work great together and then I thought why not go all out and make it a two tier bird bath. Yea! I could definitely pull that off.

DIY bird bath bowl

Oh, you fancy huh?

Why yes, yes I am. Thus the idea of the two tier DIY bird bath was born.

I started looking for a larger shallow bowl of some type that could serve as my base for the bath and then I stumbled upon this tacky pink baby shower party platter. Yes, its uglier than hell but I had a good feeling about it. It was the right size and depth for what I needed.

The shopping wasn’t done yet, I had to find something to separate my tiers. I was thinking along the lines of a decorative vase.

To my surprise I found this really cool cup aka the goblet. It was wide enough on the bottom and top to support both levels of the bird bath and tall enough to separate them nicely.

DIY bird bath tier base

Pickin’ Paint and Glue

I’m not sure why exactly but I desperately wanted a royal blue bird bath. I stopped by Walmart to grab Krylon spray paint in a lovely shade of Oxford blue and clear sealant. $3.98 each.

Krylon Spray Paint

Krylon is supposed to be a quality spray paint and non toxic after it’s dried so I thought that this brand would be the best choice.

I also needed glue to put my bird bath together. After some research I found that Dap Aquarium Sealant is what I needed for a strong bond and to keep the water safe for the birds. $4.57 at Home Depot.

Dap Aquarium Sealant for safe bird bath water

Let the Prepping Begin

Once I was ready to paint my bird bath parts I made sure all pieces were wiped clean and dry.

I took them outside and laid them down on some old random piece of plywood in the yard and began spraying with my blue paint. So far so good.

DIY blue bird bath parts

I let them dry for a night and then went out and sprayed over them with the blue paint again. The instructions mention that you only need about 2 hours to dry in between coats so you don’t have to wait over night like I did.

How to Drill a Hole for the Base

One question you might have is how to set the bottom bowl on the base of the bird bath to begin with.

We used a circular drill bit/hole saw bit for this process. Anthony rummaged through our tool shed and found a drill bit that was perfect for what I needed.

I didn’t use any measurements, I just eyeballed the size I needed. As long as the drill bit could drill a hole slightly wider than the light bulb base on my lamp I was good to go.

hole for bird bath base

Assembling the Two Tier Bird Bath

All my parts were dry and ready to be put together! I found a nice level area in the yard to stack my two tiers. After some practice balancing all the pieces of the bird bath, I was ready to glue.

aquarium sealant on bird bath base

I finally got enough sealant around the base of my bird bath so it was time to add the party platter bowl.

DIY bird bath base

This sealant takes a full 24 hours to cure. This was good for me because I had plenty of time to rearrange and center all three of my pieces.

Getting them all centered was trial and error but it only took a matter of minutes to perfect it.

I was ready to put the finishing touches on this beauty. I let the glue cure over night and stepped out the next day with my Krylon Clear Coat in hand.

DIY bird bath finished

I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this DIY bird bath project. I felt like this was going to be an awesome idea and I’m thrilled it turned out better than I imagined.

Here is the finished product in all its glory.

Completed two tier DIY bird bath

This was an excellent DIY project for our yard this spring. I’m looking forward to watching the birds splash around in this! What spring time accessory does your yard need?

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Peel n Stick Laundry Room Floor for $60!

Laundry room floor peel n stick vinyl

Our laundry room has been driving me crazy over the past couple of months due to the fact that it has a bare cement floor that was in serious need of rehab. I knew I needed flooring, but I was mainly concerned about what we should put down.

Of course in a laundry room there is always that worry about water damage at some point, so I knew we needed flooring that could withstand water. Could peel n stick vinyl be a legit option?

Why We Chose Peel n Stick Vinyl

Wood and laminate were out of the question since I knew both would warp if it ever absorbed too much water so naturally tile came to mind. The hubs has a some background in laying tile, but honestly I wanted this project to be something I could handle on my own and tile isn’t a project I was ready to tackle.

Tile can get costly when you consider the additional cost of adhesive, grout and a tile cutter.

I had no idea what I wanted to do with this crappy floor until I ran into Angela’s blog post about this same exact flooring on simplybeautifulbyangela.com. This was the solution I was looking for, vinyl peel n stick flooring! Sounds ridiculous right?

I thought so too, but after reading Angela’s post and doing some extra online research, I discovered that vinyl is the perfect fix since this material is

  • Water resistant
  • Very durable
  • EASY to install. You peel, you stick. Bam done!

Where We Found the Goods

Angela mentioned that she found this flooring at Lowe’s so….

Off to Lowe’s we went.

We grabbed one pack of Style Selections Driftwood Grey, 60 sq ft per pack at $0.88 per sq foot. (It was 10% off this weekend. Score.) Regularly its $0.98 per sq foot and I would have happily paid that because this flooring was well worth the money spent.

What’s great about this flooring is the fact that these vinyl tiles are in planks not square tile which give them a genuine appeal.The texture and color also add to the natural wood look as well.

If you’re going for the shabby chic farmhouse look like us then this flooring is a must.

Driftwood Gray peel n stick vinyl flooring
Lowe’s Style Selections Driftwood Gray

Tools You’ll Need

  • Box Cutter
  • Tape Measure
  • Liquid nails (for those stubborn unstickable spots)

2 Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Make sure your floor is totally clean. You don’t want the tiles sticking to dirt or crumbs and not properly adhering to your floor.
  2. The flooring must be level or your planks will lift up or sink in. Over time vinyl will show the unevenness of the sub-floor.

cement floor laundry room and peel n stick vinyl flooring

Prep Work

Luckily we have a fairly level, plain cement floor to start with. We didn’t have to deal with removing old flooring or leveling our current floor. If you do have some dips and grooves in your floor you can purchase a liquid leveler that you pour over your floor to fill in all the gaps. I’ve heard it also acts as a great primer too.

Installing Your Vinyl Floor

I decided to start behind the washer and dryer since our water heater was on the other side of the room and I really didn’t want to bother with that thing until I absolutely had to. I took a few planks out and lined them up against the floor in a staggered pattern.

It’s better to stagger these planks like you would with wood flooring because in my opinion they look more natural that way. However, I made the mistake of not laying them out wall to wall.


staggering peel n stick vinyl flooring

As I would come to find out I ended up with a 2 inch gap along the left side of the wall. Oh well. Live and learn right?

Life moved on and we used a simple technique to cut the appropriate size to fill in the gap. I lined up the plank to be cut over the area that needed to be filled in and I used another plank as a guide to keep my cut even.

Make sure the spare plank you’re using as the guide lines up properly to allow an accurate cut.

how to cut peel n stick vinyl flooring

Okay, so Help Might be Needed

Remember that part where I said I wanted this project to be something I could accomplish on my own? Yea, well as easy as this was supposed to be I still needed assistance from my wonderful hubs.

I got frustrated when my planks started over lapping a teensy bit. It seemed that some of the planks may not have been completely even, so Anthony came to the rescue with a rubber mallet.

It only took a small amount of effort to pound the planks side by side when we used the mallet. It made things way easier therefore I would highly recommend a mallet or something similar to add to the tool list above.

Make Those Planks Stay Put

We did have a few planks that refused to stay down and our go to solution was liquid nails. We dabbed a little underneath the stubborn planks and found random heavy objects around the house to add weight on the problem areas.Then we waited for the glue to cure. Other than that I can’t complain. Things went fairly smooth with this flooring project.

liquid nails for peel n stick vinyl flooring

Once all the planks were in and the 2 inch “oops” was covered I stood back and marveled at our handy work. Our floor was dramatically different and in a very good way. Our laundry room floor went from dungeon-like creepy to farmhouse chic in about 3 hours. It was amazing!

peel n stick vinyl floor finished

Before and After

peel n stick before and after

Hopefully this post will inspire you to take the dive and try out this awesome product. This did wonders for our washing hole. What laundry room revamps are you eager to try? Share your thoughts with me.

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