One Room Challenge {Week Three} – How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

Adding vinyl plank flooring to your home? Follow these five simple steps to install vinyl plank flooring in a short period of time.

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I can’t believe it’s week three of this amazing whirlwind of a challenge!  That makes us half way done already – Eek! If you missed it, a couple weeks I kicked off the One Room Challenge, by shared my plans to renovate our Modern Industrial Guest Bedroom. I have three more weeks of the #OneRoomChallenge to create my beautiful space, along with a ton of other amazing designers and bloggers. Visit Calling it Home to be inspired by all of the decor! I’m sharing all of our progress today, including 5 Simple Steps for How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring. 

Guest bedroom before installing vinyl plank flooring

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5

In this post we discuss installing side-by-side vinyl plank. If you are wondering about installing click or tongue and groove vinyl plank, watch THIS VIDEO!

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s where we started (minus all the furniture). Horrible walls, carpets, blinds, and light fixtures. We basically needed to fix EVERYTHING. We may have been a bit over-ambitious when deciding to renovate this room in only 5 days. I’m still hopeful that we’ll be ready for reveal day though!

Clean room to begin the remodel

Step One

Remove old flooring. With carpet, you just have to grab the carpet with pliers and pull it away from from the tack strips on the walls. Most other flooring can be cut and then pried up with a pry bar and a mallet.

Walls patched and carpet removed from guest bedroom to install vinyl plank flooring

Step Two

Clean your floors. This means removing the old nail strips with a pry bar and hammer, or scraping off old glue with a glue remover (or a putty knife and Varsol).

Step Three

Make sure your floors are level. Luckily our floors were in really great shape, but if there are bumps, or uneven spots on your floor you should address this. I recommend a self-leveling grout. If there are bumps, you may need to consider installing sub-flooring or grinding down the bumps with a diamond grinding disc and a grinder.

We placed our flooring down on the basement floor, and I was a bit concerned about the temperature, but it’s actually very nice – I’m glad we didn’t spend the extra money on a subfloor that wasn’t necessary!

Level your floors with self leveling grout

Step Four

Add glue. Put glue down along the perimeter of the room. If you want the flooring to be permanent, you can start laying it right away. If you want to be able to remove it (like we did! In case a board gets damaged.), then let the glue dry for a couple of hours before starting to lay down the planks.

Adding adhesive to the floor for the vinyl plank flooring

Step Five

Lay your flooring. You want to lay your flooring so that all of the lines are staggered, and there is a minimum of 7″ between joints in adjacent rows. We used a measuring tape to measure the distance of the pieces, used a speed square to make a straight line, and cut with an X-Acto knife. Once cut, the boards easily broke over our knees. You can make the cuts on a table saw, but this is MUCH easier, and works just as well.

Installing the vinyl plank flooring
Carefully placing your vinyl flooring
Installed vinyl plank flooring
Completed laying the vinyl plank flooring

Once the flooring was done, it was time to tackle the trim and mouldings! Honestly, we haven’t gotten to the trim yet, but we did replace the ugly old pony wall mouldings with new straight edged sleek mouldings.

We pre-painted everything so that it would look pretty. Then we cut them and nailed them in place. Lastly, we puttied all of the holes. Now we just have to get the rest of the trim up, and paint it all one more time! <insert my panicked face here>. We are running out of time!

Laying the baseboards after installing vinyl plank flooring
Updating the moldings
Finishing the moldings

Finally, time to start on some decor! I couldn’t wait to search for DIY light fixtures this week. Can’t imagine why I would’ve wanted to replace this old boob light?!

Changing out the light fixture
Updating the lights

I gathered up some of my FAVOURITE Industrial lighting options from the amazing 1STOPLighting (or Canada Lighting Experts), and shared them on the blog a couple of days ago.

Industrial Light Fixtures

Did you guess which one I chose? Top left!! I really wanted an industrial pendant light, and I didn’t want anything too big because I was worried that it would overpower the small basement space.

New bedroom lighting

My light arrived already and I LOVE it! Can’t wait to install this one!

DIY Industrial Sconces

I also got creative this week and made these amazing DIY Industrial Wall Sconces. I made two so that I could have one on each side of the bed. Pop on over to the post and let me know what you think!

Don’t forget to find more great Industrial Ideas by following my Pinterest Board.

Here’s how we are doing on our lengthy Industrial Guest Bedroom To-Do List:

  • Clear room
  • Paint walls
  • Paint ceiling, trim, and doors
  • Install new flooring
  • Install new trim
  • Install pendant light
  • Buy a new rug
  • Buy new bedding
  • Put up faux brick wall
  • Buy new pendant light
  • DIY new bedside lights
  • DIY side table refresh (done!)
  • Install new blinds
  • Make DIY Valence
  • DIY headboard
  • Build DIY sideboard
  • Build DIY Towel Rack
  • Find/thrift room accessories
  • DIY or buy new artwork

What do you think of our plans?

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39 thoughts on “One Room Challenge {Week Three} – How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

  1. Wow, the space already looks transformed. The old colors sucked all of the light out of the room! I love your lighting choices and can’t wait to see the finished room.

  2. You made this look so easy in your post. :)

    The floor looks great. My MIL has something like this in her kitchen and she absolutely loves it. Very easy to clean and doesn’t show anything.

    I love your lighting choices! Those will add so much personality.

    I hope you’ll join us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday today. We’d love to have you.

  3. Holy smokes Lindi! You two are totally knocking it out of the park girl! That new flooring looks amazing and I cannot wait to see that new light installed! You’ve got this my friend!

  4. I can’t believe you’ve been able to do so much! Definitely ambitious but is looking amazing! That vinyl plank floor looks like real hardwood and the light fixture choices are great. Very farmhouse industrial! Pinned to refer to again later!

  5. The new floor looks great and the white paint really lightens up the room. I’m also working on a guest room and just remembered how much I hate the carpet in there. I don’t think we’re ambitious enough to put the new hardwood down! We have vinyl plank flooring in the big room in our suite. It doesn’t seem to get that dirty, which is
    nice! It will be nice to see your room when you’re all finished.

  6. It looks great! We’re revamping lots of floors in our old house soon, and this will come in very handy. Thanks for sharing! I’m pinning this one! :)

  7. The flooring looks beautiful and I want those fun lights! We are redoing all the main floors in the house hopefully this summer and I just can’t decide what I want but I love the contrast and graining of yours. It surprised me that they were vinyl because they look so authentic.

  8. Love the flooring Lindi! So glad you shared because we’ve been checking vinyl flooring g and wondered what it’s like to install! Keep it up! xo

  9. Lindi, I can’t believe that floor is vinyl! It looks fantastic. Great choice for the room. It looks sooooo much different than the carpet that was in the room before. The light you chose for the room is gorgeous too. I’m loving how this space is coming together and can’t wait to see the rest.

  10. I’m so impressed! I can’t wait to try this – we have been so unhappy with the laminate floors we had done when we built the house a couple years ago & have been trying to find something we like. This might just be the perfect thing!

  11. I can’t wait to see the finished room! Thanks for sharing your flooring tips at the Talented Tuesday Link Party, I’m featuring you this week!

  12. Your floors look absolutely incredible! It already makes the room look a thousand times better-more open and spacious, too! You guys have made some fantastic progress already! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. We are planning to install vinyl plank flooring in our home. What brand and color did you use?
    Thank you in advance for your reply.

      1. Thank you so much! I will look it up online and see where it is available in FL.
        Your room is absolutely beautiful!

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