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How to use vinyl tiles for a bathroom ceiling

Updated February 21, 2017

Contemporary design uses visually aesthetic elements like ceiling treatments to create a different look within a room. Designers frequently use different elements on bathroom ceilings, such as metal and vinyl tiles, to create an inviting atmosphere. Vinyl tiles are available in a large variety of colours, textures and patterns. Using vinyl tile on a bathroom ceiling requires very few tools, especially when self-adhesive tiles, which are lighter and easier to install than regular vinyl tiles, are selected.

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  1. Clean the ceiling thoroughly with soap and water. Dirt and debris make the tile's adhesive fail to grab properly, and moisture in the air will make the tile fall if it is not strongly attached.

  2. Remove any ceiling fixtures and mouldings.

  3. Stretch the chalk line from the centre of one wall to the centre of the opposite wall. Make sure that the chalk line is taut and positioned against the ceiling. Pull the line back and snap it, leaving a blue line across the centre of the ceiling.

  4. Repeat the process for the other two walls, creating a cross at the centre point of the ceiling. Snap the chalk lines from corner to corner instead of the centres of the walls if you want to create a diamond pattern.

  5. Peel the backing off of a self-adhesive tile and press a corner of the tile into the corner of the cross made on the ceiling.

  6. Use a roller, similar to the kind used for installing wallpaper, to firmly press the tile into place.

  7. Apply tiles into other three corners of the cross. This is your starting point. Add tiles around the square you created one row at a time until you get to the edges or a ceiling fixture.

  8. Measure the area near the wall or fixture with a measuring tape. Measure from the edge of an existing tile to the fixture to determine the proper width or length that the tile needs to be cut to.

  9. Use a utility knife or sharp razor blade to cut the tile. You do not have to press all the way through the tile to cut it. Cut a line with the blade, and snap the tile along the line. The tile will break along the line.

  10. Replace the ceiling fixtures or mouldings, tucking any tile edges under them.

  11. Use a damp cloth to wipe any leaked adhesive from the tile faces.

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Things You'll Need

  • Self-adhesive vinyl tiles
  • Chalk line
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Roller

About the Author

John Walker
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