Genius Sink Cabinet Projects: Sprucing Up Inside The Cabinets

The use of kitchen vinyl has been used in my family for ages, and recently I started using them over the flooring in my cabinets. Mainly because it would be easier for me to clean any spills and it would protect the wood below from rot, if God forbid stuff spilled and penetrated the ply, staining it and making it an eyesore. You can call it one of my cleaning life hacks; I want my routine to be as stress-free as possible (house cleaning hacks). The first place though I want to install these kitchen vinyl tiles would be under the sink; I feel like it’s the first place that deserves this floor makeover. What I did was choose a design that was simple and easy to clean and could hide dirt (if you know what I mean, home decor hacks come through). Of course, this is what works for me, get something that works for you! I want to open my kitchen cabinet in front of my guests and not be embarrassed because it is pure chaos in there.

What you will need:
Vinyl tiles (your preference)
A sharp blade (XACTO)
Ruler
Pencil
Measuring tape

What to do:
So by now, you should have measured the floor space that will be covered and enough tiles purchased to complete the job correctly. Next get a damp cloth and clean off any dust and grime from the surface so when your tiles go on it won’t impede the adhesive. Start by removing the covering on the vinyl carefully and starting from the most visible corner start the installation, remember to press down firmly to ensure that the tile perfectly adheres to its intended surface. Continue this process until you can’t cover another area with a whole tile. Now it’s time to measure and cut the exact pieces out for the smaller spaces on the floor. These spaces should be at the back of the cabinet and the outer most edges. Flip the tile over and transfer the measurement you got from the area to the tile that has already been applied and make the necessary markings. Using a ruler keep the lines straight and use the ruler to begin the initial cut in the tile body. Next, remove the ruler and run the blade down again to encourage a beautifully sharp, cleanly separated tile. You can gently bend the tile to help it snap into two pieces, and there you have it, the part that’s needed to complete the tiling. Continue this process until everything is covered, press down on the tiles to remove any air bubbles. Congratulations you did your floor project like a pro!

The best kind of kitchen sink is the one that’s tiled underneath it!

The best kind of kitchen sink is the one that's tiled underneath it!

The best kind of kitchen sink is the one with the best flooring because let us face it, we put so much stuff under there, and it looks like a forgotten wasteland. So we will give a much-needed makeover to the floors that are neglected in our cabinets using these lovely vinyl tiles.

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cheap kitchen decor for flooring under the sink. | Burnished tiles chosen for the project.

cheap kitchen decor for flooring under the sink. | Burnished tiles chosen for the project.

Yup, cheap kitchen decor in the form of these lovely burnished vinyl tiles. This color of tile will hide dirt and always look presentable for sure!

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kitchen rules indicate that you should clean the surface before the tiles are laid.

kitchen rules indicate that you should clean the surface before the tiles are laid.

kitchen rules dictate a clean surface to have an excellent adhesive application, in this case, the adhesive would be already on our tiles.

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Removing the adhesive carefully for installation.

Removing the adhesive carefully for installation.

Take your time and peel back the protective covering. You don’t want to rush and risk having little pieces stuck on the adhesive and then created gaps when laying down the tiles.

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Kitchen tile placed from the bottom corner to the outer edge.

Kitchen tile placed from the bottom corner to the outer edge.

Start placing the tiles in the front of the cabinet since this is the most visible part. Remember to work from the inner corner to the outward.

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Press down to make sure that it is firmly stuck to the floor surface.

Press down to make sure that it is firmly stuck to the floor surface.

I have to impress this upon you, during the installation process you HAVE to press the tile down and smooth out any air bubbles that may be trapped underneath.

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Cover the most visible part of the flooring under the sink first.

Cover the most visible part of the flooring under the sink first.

Your floor tiles should look like this. See how the front of the cabinet flooring is all but covered. That’s the space we want to be taken care of first for aesthetic purposes.

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Measure how much is needed to complete the space at the back of the floor.

Measure how much is needed to complete the space at the back of the floor.

Now that the whole tiles have been used, we now need to measure what needs to be cut for the spaces at the back of the cabinet.

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Use tile to transfer the measurement for exact cutting.

Use tile to transfer the measurement for exact cutting.

With your measurements in hand, merely transfer said size on to the back of the vinyl tile where it will be visible for accurate cutting.

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Use a flat ruler and a pencil and draw the area that you will cut from the whole tile.

Use a flat ruler and a pencil and draw the area that you will cut from the whole tile.

I used a steel ruler because the blade can’t shear off any parts of it and ruin the cut like it would if I used a wooden ruler.

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Without moving the ruler, use the Xacto blade and begin your cut.

Without moving the ruler, use the Xacto blade and begin your cut.

Protect your fingers during the cutting process; the blade would be sharp and pressure applied to make sure the tile breaks apart cleanly.

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Now that you have the groove line cut, finish off the separation.

Now that you have the groove line cut, finish off the separation.

Remove the ruler and press down with the blade again just to make sure that the cut went through the thickness of the tile neatly.

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Gently bend the tile to help it come apart.

Gently bend the tile to help it come apart.

A gentle bending of the tile at the cut helps break the pieces apart. Like a bird flapping their wings (smile).

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Successful cutting of a whole tile for one part of the space under the sink.

Successful cutting of a whole tile for one part of the space under the sink.

How’s that for tile separating anxiety! Now that you have gotten the tile piece needed, now peel and apply to space. Continue until there is no more space left bare under the cabinet.

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Looking good! The floor under the sink looks better than it did before!

Looking good! The floor under the sink looks better than it did before!

Almost at the end of this cabinet floor installation. I only have one little piece to cut from the vinyl tile, and I am all set to start on another cabinet in the house!

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