My sister Susie and I went on another shopping excursion looking for flooring that met all her requirements…
1. Had to be flexible to accomodate the uneven subfloor
2. Had to be a light color
3. Had to be fairly easy to install
We found some great vinyl, groutable, stick-on tiles at Lowes that fit the bill.
12″ x 24″ Oyster Travertine Travertine Finish Luxury Vinyl Tile
First we rolled on some Kilz primer and then let that dry a couple of hours.
Then I began laying the tiles starting on the wall that will be most visible so that it would be straight in case the walls were not plumb, which since it is an old house they are definitely not plumb!
I was able to lay the tiles out without using spacers because I have a pretty good eye but they would help if you don’t feel comfortable not using them. The process went smoothly and I didn’t have to do too much cutting because its a square room. A utility knife cuts it very well.
After all the tiles were laid I came back the next morning and started grouting with a special vinyl grout that is more flexible than regular grout. The tiles look and feel like travertine marble, especially since it is grouted which makes it very hard to tell the difference! This project was a huge success and I would recommend this product to anyone because of the ease of installation and at about $1.00 per square foot, you cannot beat the cost!
September 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm
Thanks for posting the pictures. I’m considering putting this flooring down in my kitchen, and a google search for Oyster Travertine lead me here. Would you say your pictures give an accurate representation of the color? My sample looks lighter, more grey than brown looking. My kitchen is painted light blue and I’m struggling to find a tile that will look good with it – everything is earth tones.
September 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm
The photos of the tiles do show them as having more color than they actually do. In reality they are white with light shades of gray. I think they would look great with a light blue wall because the color in the tile is on the cooler side. I also used a gray grout that picked up the tones in the tiles.
Hope that helps! Lori
September 12, 2012 at 8:10 am
December 26, 2013 at 11:23 am
I know this is an older post, but I’m considering the same Oyster flooring from Lowes that you used. I was planning to grout them, but I haven’t heard of a special vinyl grout. Can you tell me what brand and color you used for the grout?
December 26, 2013 at 11:33 am
I used Blue Hawk Saddle Gray Vinyl Grout, found at Lowe’s. Its usually with the vinyl tiles instead of where the other grout is.
May 12, 2014 at 2:26 am
I would love to try this, but Lowes has been OOS on these tiles for months. My kitchen is begging for an upgrade!
May 12, 2014 at 7:21 am
I ended up having to order these from Lowes, just re-floored my basement and they never had them in stock. Call and ask your local store to do this for you.
June 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm
Just found this post when looking for reviews of this tile. Considering it for my kitchen. How has it held up?
June 29, 2016 at 4:09 pm
Very well! It looks as good as the day it was finished. I’ve used it in my basement as well and it has also held up great.
June 29, 2016 at 10:35 pm
Excellent, thank you! I think we are going to install butted against each other rather than deal with grout. Hope it comes out well! Your pics look great!
April 24, 2017 at 8:24 pm
I love it i just installed it on my floor but i dont know what color wall to paint it what color is the wall where you installed the tile?
April 25, 2017 at 7:49 am
The color was Sea Salt from Sherwin Willams. Getting ready to paint my basement now with Tidewater (SW) and it has the same floor. I also sampled Alpaca and it looked great too. I hope this helps! Lori
December 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm
Did you use this tile over existing tile or subfloor? I am trying to decide if I need to pull out my existing ceramic tile.
December 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm
I installed this in my basement also. I put it over a cement slab that already had stick on tiles. I replaced some of the old beat up tiles to keep the floor even and then applied the new flooring right over top of it. It worked great and is still holding up well. In my sister’s home I installed the new flooring over an old plywood subfloor and it is also holding up very well. I think if you are putting it over ceramic tiles it will be fine. In fact, it’s probably the best kind of surface to use these planks. The adhesive is very strong, I used a heat gun on low to heat up the planks as I placed them but that isn’t really necessary. Good luck!