How to Lay VCT.

Curious about how to lay VCT tiles?  They look great, cost nothing and are especially appropriate if you want a bit of a vintage feel.  This video will show you exactly how easy it is to lay VCT tile.


I’ve had VCT tile in my kitchen for years now and I still love it. It’s softer and warmer to walk on than ceramic or natural stone and you can even put heated floors underneath it, which I also did. 

Laying VCT tile is an easy job for any do it yourselfer and it costs almost nothing to lay down. To do my kitchen, mudroom and bathroom the materials cost about $300, tops! 

How to Lay VCT

Quick video of laying VCT tile.


  1. Laura says:

    I’m wondering why you didn’t include any video of you actually laying all those tile? Very odd

  2. Darlene says:

    That was great. I have been wanting to do the floors in my shop/business. Oh my, we levelled 1/2 the house 30 years ago and not the other 1/2 so there is a good 1.5″ step up. You should see strangers go flying if they don’t see it. geehs. I have been wanting to do the concrete like you. After watching you I think it would work perfectly. The tips are so valuable – especially renting the drill-my hubby will appreciate that one. Your floor looks fantastic. I would venture to say there is not much you can’t do. I always say: never underestimate the power of a good woman. :-).
    Thank so much Karen. I am encouraged now.
    Nova Scotia

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darlene! That’s great. :) Yes you absolutely can do it. The only reason I can do any of these things is because … I try. :) Good luck. ~ karen!

  3. Jess says:

    I’m late but I love the floor! I found your site via google while looking for info on VCT tiles. You mentioned in the earlier post that you had an easy trick for cutting tiles on the diagonal. Not just the hair dryer but – I think – a way to easily calculate the cut the edge against the wall. Can you please share? Thank you!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jess! I ended up not doing that post! Maybe I will now, lol. And now … I forget how I did it! It’ll come to me, just not this second. It involved making a template out of cardboard that was 17″ instead of the 12″ you would think it should be. I’ll try to remember! ~karen

  4. Nathan says:

    Amazing attitude, amazing site. Marry me !!!!

  5. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Love the floor!!!!

  6. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Hey Karen..I got an email from HGTV Gardens today..Tells how to hypnotize a chicken..cute trick..thought you might enjoy don’t know how to do links..

  7. Barbie says:

    PS: my favorite flooring look …. black and white checks btw!!

  8. Barbie says:

    WOW! It only took you 1:17 and three outfits to get the job done! Maybe even I can do that!!

  9. rktrixy says:

    Really nice, Karen! I love the flow into the bathroom and the way the diagonals lead your eye.

    I didn’t miss the chickens. Too much. (Besides, they make the cat drool!)


  10. Linda S says:

    Boy that was fast…you sweep a mean floor. Hope you framed the little cleaver.

  11. Laura Bee says:

    Great music as always. Was the closeup bits for your scrapbook? Really this whole blog is a scrapbook for your home – if you ever sell you’ll have to sign the rights over & make the new owners swear they will continue to keep us updated on changes.
    Then you can start The Art of Doing Stuff in a Retirement Home…

  12. Carole McGinnis says:

    You are amazing.

  13. Becky says:

    Great video… I really thought the last shot was going to be of you sinking into a bubble bath. I’m reaaaaaaally jealous of your claw foot tub.

  14. Jeannie B says:

    Cute video Karen. I didn’t realize that your bathroom was right off the kitchen.I wondered why you were using the same tile in two different rooms. Now I understand. Looks great.

  15. Toronto Boy says:

    Some of the most iconic tunes are from the 80s. There are some great tunes from the 70s butI find that the tunes from the 80s are much more accessable. On a side note, George Michael just announced last week that he’s writing a new album. Say wha….?

  16. cred says:

    NIce! and I liked the song you used. Who is it?

  17. Kat says:

    I had to replay a few times to catch the little cleaver haha… I thought it was something really important I needed to know about laying tile…I was right LOL!

  18. Megan says:

    Love the music, who is it?

    • Karen says:

      Megan – That would be the 80’s classic “Freedom” by George Michael. The video for that song is iconic and stars all of the major supermodels of the time. In my opinion the only true supermodels there have ever been. Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, etc. etc. ~ karen!

      • kate-v says:

        ah! a new list – first true pies – now true super models – maybe there are some other lists that I’ve missed… or forgotten…

  19. Jill says:

    I especially enjoyed the music. I forgot about that song!

  20. Rebecca says:

    See, I knew there was a reason I wanted to watch a video on laying tiles even though I have no plans on doing that. Thanks for the George Michael morning pick-me-up. I love that song!

  21. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I hope they paid you some big bucks to get in bed with Springer..Couldn’t you talk Mel Gibson into that..Of course he is know to be an asshole at times..quite a few times come to think of it..

    • Karen says:

      I didn’t really like Mel Gibson, Nancy. He was slightly arrogant and kind of bored to be interviewed. Jerry Springer is way smarter and has way more personality. ~ karen!

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        That doesn’t surprise me about Mel Gibson at all..or about Jerry Springer..I joke about him but I can tell he is very intelligent..and fun!!

  22. Marti says:

    Very impressive, but really, no chickens?

    Actually, what impressed me most was the fact that most television professionals would NEVER allow a butt-ock level camera anywhere near themselves. Nerves of steel, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Oh please, LOL. I made my living by being willing to not give a shit. I’ve been on camera soaking wet, no makeup, in bed (literally) with Jerry Springer, fumbled my lines, laughed at inappropriate things … See? Again … the difference between host and reporter. I’d be a terrible reporter. I have no sense of keeping my mouth shut. ~ k

      • Diana says:

        And therefor we all follow your blog!!!

      • Judy says:

        …Why we love you! Oh, and inspiring video. You made it look “quick and easy” which we know it wasn’t.

      • Marti says:

        Yeah… what they said.

        Seriously, that’s why I fail as an “actor” or host: I’m not good at pretending and I’m not good at opening up to the universe.

        When are you going to post your career’s Top 5 Video highlights? That might be fun. For us.

  23. Rebecca says:

    Karen, it says this video is private.

    • Karen says:

      Uch, I know. I’ve fixed it. This is the last time I ever try to “schedule” something with a Youtube video. It never, EVER works. Grr. It’s up now! ~ karen

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