DEAR HANDY GIRL,
I’m not ready for a big reno in my kitchen, but I would like to know how to fix a curling vinyl tile that’s driving me nuts. I get that, for sure—who wants a reminder of a project yet to come, especially when you’re not in the mood, or lacking time or budget? But you can do this, probably in about an hour. You’ll need a replacement tile, an old towel, an iron, tile adhesive, a trowel, and a heavy piece of wood or several books. Place the towel over the tile and heat it, using the iron until it’s soft and you can scrape the tile out. Apply a thin layer of adhesive to the floor using the trowel, and place the new tile. To ensure it sticks, top the new tile with the wood or books until the adhesive is dry.