12 September 2007

use a rubber

even though today is New Stuff day on 1stDibs, I'm putting off that post so can I brag about how handy I am.

the floor in my bathroom has always been something of an eyesore and no matter how much i scrubbed, it never seemed clean. it's been there for god knows how long and while i sure it was once white, the linoleum has turned a dingy yellow. it reminds me of un-brushed teeth. sick.


anyway, i got it in my head that i had to do something about it...but what? my bathroom is all white (which only made the yellow floor more obvious) and i decided that a black floor would look smashing. but i wanted a matte back floor, because i thought that glossy black tiles would just look too tacky. now...where was i to find matte black floor tiles? BF teased me about how I'm always making up things in my head that dont really exist, but I knew I could figure this one out. and i did! i found a great solution: RUBBER!

while searching online, i found RubberCal, a company in SoCal with all sorts of rubber flooring solutions; mats, tiles, you name it. i'll save you all the blah blah blah about the whole process, but basically, they delivered some sheets of rubber right to my door, i made a template of my bathroom, and now I have a gorgeous black floor!


the whole project was so easy! and whats more, the floor is made from recycled rubber, so it's enviro-friendly. oh, AND the rubber is so heavy, i didnt need to tack it down or use any stinky adhesives, so whenever i move, i can literally just pick the rubber up and return the bathroom to it's original...er, splendor. to top it all off, the whole project- the rubber, shipping, and tools and materials- cost about $100.

im so proud of myself :) you can check out the whole process here.

up next...the yard! stay tuned as i install sod for the first time on Saturday!

15 comments:

taylor said...

I am so impressed... I think I might do the same thing in my bathroom since my pops is not coming anywhere cose to redoing mine for me. You should get Bunny to be in all of your photos. Also, how long have i been yoru "parent"?

Cristy said...

rad! i can't believe i haven't gotten the full apartment tour yet. i've heard too many good things. :)

laure is at home at home said...

Dean--This will go up on Apartment therapy Tomorrow! Looks awesome and thanks again for sharing.

Making it Lovely said...

I just followed your link from over at AT. That rubber floor looks great!

purple rascal said...

Looks great! How does it feel? And is it easy to clean?

dean said...

thanks everyone!

it is super easy to clean-- my dog sheds a LOT, so i sweep it every other day or so and then mop it ever other week. i use what i use on my wood floors- a big sink full of hot water and sudsy Murphys Oil Soap.

it also feels great!! its cushiony and always stays cool. water just sits on it and evaporates quickly...i love it.

Schmidty said...

Thats an interesting spot to install rubber flooring Dean. I have always seen it marketed as a weight room floor or Rubber Gym Flooring. I have also seen it used on wheel chair ramps which seems like a good idea to help prevent people from slipping when walking on them. If you get a chance, can you comment how it has held up over the long haul. I just wonder how it handles the moisture.

rd said...

I am planning to use the same in my rental kitchen, since you have been using it for some time, I wondered if you have any incidents of water seeping between the rubber and accumulating on the tiles below (in between both the layers) through the edges on the side?

my little apartment said...

hey RD-

I've had absolutely no problems with my rubber floor. in fact, I took it out this weekend and hosed it off in the driveway and gave it a good scrub. the floor underneath the rubber is in fine condition, with no signs of rotting or mold.

you should go for it! and totally use Rubber Cal, they are so nice!

Sarah said...

Hello,
Thanks for the post, I love the idea, might do it in my kitchen/entree kitchen (now tiled) area, but does anyone think this might be a good option for a rental studio apartment with horrible carpeting (in the living/bedroom)? Even if it is black and rubber, at this point I'd rather have anything but look at the horrific brown old carpet there is here... do you think rubber flooring would hold up on it? Thanks!

carrielparsons said...

I LOVE you floor and have been obsessed with rubber flooring for my bathroom since I came across your blog. I can't access the link you posted about "seeing the whole process here," but i would love to know more. If you have any more to share, please respond let me know!!

Anonymous said...

hi,
I was just wondering which flooring (exactly) you chose from Rubber Cal?

my little apartment said...

hey Anon-

I believe I used Elephant Bark? you can email me directly if you have any other questions, I'd be happy to tell you everything about my project! goodnightdean at g mail dot com.

devis en ligne said...

Wonderful! What a blessing it must be to work in your "new" kitchen. :) And thanks for sharing about the costs. That's encouraging to know. Our kitchen is in need of an update, and now you've made me think it might be possible.

jennybwilde said...

I am hoping to move into a beautiful old apartment in a couple of months. Well the bones are good and the rest of the apartment is in incredible shape, the bathroom is tiled with green and black tiles that have seen better days. I am thinking of covering them with waterproof bead board and this flooring would be perfect for it. Thanks so much for sharing all of the information. It looks great! Best, Jennifer