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10 Uses for Vinyl Tiles

One TOH reader shows us other uses for these stickable squares

Not Just for Underfoot

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You'll be floored by the clever ways TOH reader Stan Williams repurposes these peel-and-stick squares, with and without the paper backing. "I have a knack for reusing leftover supplies."

1. Protect Against Leaks

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Line the bottom of a cabinet under a sink to prevent water damage or cover one that's already been beat up (just be sure to fix the leak first).

2. Make a Jig

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A measured length of tile becomes a guide for drilling holes a consistent distance apart—when installing new cabinet knobs, for example.

3. Pad Your Clamps

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Use tile scraps as barriers to keep metal clamp feet from denting your wood-working project.

4. Clad a Birdhouse Roof

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To create a rainproof covering, use a utility knife to cut tiles into small rectangles, and layer the "shingle" courses. For long-term adhesion, dot the back of each piece with waterproof glue.

5. Decorate a Lampshade

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Cast a shadowy design by sticking small tile pieces, trimmed into shapes, to the inside of an inexpensive paper shade.

6. Create Plant Coasters

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For a no-ring solution under a potted plant, cut two tiles into matching circles and stick them back-to-back.

7. Shim Stuff

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Use cut strips to stabilize a leaning bookcase or a wobbly table, or to align a door during installation.

8. Add a Backsplash

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Cover the wall behind the washer and dryer or the utility sink for a hit of color and an easy wipe-clean surface.

9. Scoop Up Messes

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A tile makes a great in-a-pinch dustpan. Press one edge flat to the floor. Hold the other side up to make a snow-shovel-like curve against which to sweep your broom.

10. Customize Wood Shutters

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Draw a shape on a tile and cut it out to make a template. Center the guide on the shutter's top panel, trace the shape, and use a jigsaw to cut the wood.