How To: Cover up Nasty Linoleum

How To: Cover up Nasty Linoleum

Laure Joliet
Sep 18, 2007

Old linoleum. AT reader Dean had a bad case of it in the bathroom. You know the kind, the old stuff that can't be cleaned, is discolored, stained, doesn't come up easily and is just generally gross. Plus since her place is a rental she didn't have the option of just tearing it out and starting over. Her economical DIY solution? Installing a black, mod rubber floor right over it! You can see the whole process which she describes as 'incredibly easy' on her flickr set.

Dean was able to cut the rubber to the proper size and lay it in over the tile. The rubber is heavy enough and flat enough to not even need to be glued or secured down, it simply fits snuggly in it's place. We love that she used black rubber in the bathroom--so modern. About the process she writes: "As you can see from the sets and descriptions, the whole process was incredibly easy. I was super nervous at first and even considered hiring someone to install it for me, but I had a great time doing the work myself. It took about 4 hours, including several breaks ;) The company I ordered from is called RubberCal. They are all super nice and helpful, more than willing to send samples and offer advice. They're located in SoCal, but will ship anywhere...I ordered the Elephant Bark floor tile in black with white flecks."

Thanks Dean and great work!
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