Before and After: A Kitchen Floor Gets A Rubber Makeover

Tile can be the right choice for a kitchen. It can be easily updated, but hard to keep clean depending on the material it’s made from. This kitchen was out-dated with its ceramic tile with a black edge design. Luckily, it got a quick makeover that cost very little money, and saved the owner much heartbreak over broken and cracked tiles. Check out the finished product after the jump!      


The black rubber flooring brings this kitchen into the modern age. Continue Reading

Rubber Hose Chair.


This rubber hose chair created by Wholman from Instructables has been making it’s way around the DIY blogosphere this week, and rightfully so. It’s clever, unique, and seemingly pretty easy to make. And admit it, if the hose were black and the frame a sleek stainless, you wouldn’t balk at seeing this dude in contemporary art museums.

Check out the how-to here.


10 New Things Made from Recycled Tires

created at: 2009-02-18

We’ve been recycling rubber tires since, well, the invention of the rubber tire.  Remember those clunky tire sandals? As an homage to the art of recycled tires, here are 10 pretty decent looking products made from recycled tires, wheels and inner tubes.  For your added value, you get a link at the bottom to the instructions and pattern for making your own nerdy, yet eco-cool sandals from recycled tires.

1. Andy Gregg’s Bike Furniture (above and below)

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25 Alternative Uses for Inner Tubes.

Okay, so you might not have a huge stockpile of unused inner tubes in your garage, just waiting for an uncommon use. But if you did, here’s twenty-five things you might do with them.

•    Deceptively simple dog toy.
•    Make rubber bands
•    Clear the drain.
•    Make a belt.
•    Clamp glued projects.
•    Make a rubber ball.
•    Use as a funnel or hose.
•    Temporary gaskets.
•    Make shoe insoles.
•    Reduce vibration. Continue Reading

Hole in Your Rubber? Caulk it.

The washing instructions on most rubber-backed area rugs read, “Machine Wash Warm. Do Not Tumble Dry,” or something to that effect. I consider these directions suggestions, as I machine dry my rubber-backed area rugs within an inch of their lives. The effect? Holes in the rubber. And sometimes, if I’m really lucky, rubber confetti sifting to the floor as I take my toasty rug from the drier.

Penny-Pincher’s Alternative

A few years ago, after growing weary of spending the cash to replace perfectly good rugs with holey backs, I tried repairing them with caulk, although I had no idea, at the time, if caulk was machine wash and dry-able. Continue Reading