Linen Closet Update

I was so happy to find a nice, large linen closet in the new house, but I wasn't happy to find that the shelves were made of rough plywood.  The simple solution? Peel & Stick floor tiles.  Off I went to the local builders supply store for a box of tiles that cost about $20.
Here's what the closet looked like before starting this project...keep in mind these are photos taken inside a closet!
After wiping them down, I started laying the tile in front, mostly because I didn't want any 'piecing' to show and, seriously, who looks in the back of your closets/cabinets??
Then it was time to measure and cut a piece to fit in the back:
In the interest of full-disclosure, I have to tell you that my husband did most of the measuring and cutting.  He's faster than I am and we were still moving in!
As you can see, on the right, we only needed part of a tile, so we measured the width and cut the tiles with a utility knife.
Notice there's cardboard under the tile?  Be sure to protect the workspace!
Before you knew it, the shelves were done.  Thanks to my speedy husband!
We finished  three 30-inch deep shelves in about an hour, in spite of the fact that this is an old house where nothing is square.  That's right, even though we measured carefully, we still had to trim some of the tiles with scissors to get them to fit.  Oh, the joys of old houses!  
I had 2 reasons for choosing floor tiles to finish the shelves:
1.  The shelves were rough and I didn't want to spend time sanding and smoothing them enough for something like contact paper.
2.  Peel & stick floor tiles are very durable.  If something spills or leaks on one of the shelves it can easily be wiped up.  In fact, they're so durable, I used them to cover the cabinets under all of the sinks - remember easy clean-up!
I still have some extra tiles in the box that I'm sure I'll find a use (maybe another bar?  You can see that project HERE). Till then, the heatwave finally broke yesterday, now I can get back to my list of other projects!
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  1. It looks great! I used those same tiles in one of my bathrooms and underneath my kitchen sink!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks, Tania...Great minds think alike!

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  2. Looks amazing! Those tiles are so pretty

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  3. So much better than contact paper! Looks great! 😍

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  4. What a pretty update! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  5. it looks great, I might do that under my sink - I think I have a box of those tiles. The blog/comment glitch was fixed weeks ago. You have to go to your dashboard, and email and delete your email address. Save. Then re-enter the address and save again. You'll then get a message asking if you want to receive the emails, click the link and you're done.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. I love the fact that they can be wiped off easily if anything spills! Thanks for letting me know about the glitch being fixed. I had heard something about that and then someone said it wasn't working. I'll give it a try!

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  6. What a great idea! I have some kitchen pantry shelves that need re-sanding and painting, but this looks like a much better idea!

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    1. Glad you like it, Donna. It's a lot less work than sanding and painting!

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  7. What a great idea! Such easy cleanup when something spills! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger's Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

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    1. Thank you, Roseann. I'm all about the easy cleanup! So glad you stopped by!

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  8. Great idea and so much better than contact paper! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. The tiles are easier to work with, too!

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  9. You just solved my closet problem. I must buy these tiles. I may cover my entire ugly closet in the back bathroom , think that will work on the whole inside closet?

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    1. I'm so glad I inspired you! As far as covering the entire closet, it might just work! Good luck!

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