How to: Make a Cruelty-Free Zebra Skin Rug

by Craftmel

How to: Make a Cruelty-Free Zebra Skin Rug

My dear friend Mandi has got to be the "Queen of DIY."  I was in a craft competition with her once, and when I found out she was a fellow contender, I practically threw in the towel before it began.   I don't know if any square foot of her house hasn't been affected by Mandi's Touch.  See that dimensional zebra rug?  Yep, she made that. No zebras involved.

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Considering Wood Tiles

by DIY Maven

Considering Wood Tiles

My boo and I are going to be putting in a new floor in our kitchen very soon. We've gone over the options and have kicked around the possibility of cork, wood and tile. Each have their pluses and minuses, which is why we're still vacillating and, frankly, why we haven't started the project. Now, to make things even more confusing, we have thrown in the notion of tile that looks like wood. Yup, the floors highlighted in these images are actually tile. 

The first two images are from the Tesoro Collection via South Cypress. 

The great thing about these floors is because they're porcelain, they're super easy to work with, unlike natural stone which can be a mother for the DIYer. From my cursory investigation, prices hover around the 4 (for ceramic) to 6  (for porcelain) bucks a square foot neighborhood, which means they're affordable as well. 

I think the success of their install has a lot to do with their grout lines. Take for example the one pictured below. That has to be un-sanded grout for such tight grout lines. 

 

created at: 01/27/2012

For comparison, here's a bathroom floor done with standard sanded grout lines, which looks overtly tile-y and busy, but that's what happens when you use a highly contrasting grout color. 

Here's an example of another good install. It's something called Easy Wood from Marca Corona that I spotted on Garden State Tile's Facebook page:

Lest we think these tiles would only look good under our feet, take a look at this (probably ceramic) shower install:

Marble Tiles Home Flooring Wooden Grain Styles

Or this one:

Nice-looking, super durable and easily DIYable? Throw in a heating element and that's a combo hard to dismiss.  

POST UPDATE: We spent yesterday perusing the aisles of our two favorite tile shops looking for samples of such tiles. I'm happy to say they're as gorgeous in person as they are in these pictures. Some things to keep in mind if you're going to DIY it, however. First, they're dense and long (one we saw was a whopping 8" x 48"!), so you'll need a tile saw or grinder to do any cutting. Second, you'll want to grout them using a FINE-SANDED GROUT if you want to keep those grout lines minimal. 

 

 

 

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Vinyl Tiles Go Mod

by DIY Maven

Vinyl Tiles Go Mod

Remember the peel & stick tiles that were all the rage back in the 80's? They still sell them, of course, and they're still an affordable and easily DIYed alternative to sheet vinyl. And they scream such. Now, however, Modularity Tiles, has a new vinyl tile line that just might leave the old peel & stick in the dust. Although they are NOT peel & stick, Modularity Tiles are still super-easy to install

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Ask Curbly: Cardboard Hoarders, Beastly Tables, and Painted Hardwood

by Bruno Bornsztein

Ask Curbly: Cardboard Hoarders, Beastly Tables, and Painted Hardwood

As usual, there's a lot of great discussions going on in the Q&A section this month. Here's a quick roundup in case you haven't been paying attention:

How do I upcycle cardboard boxes to make something useful or beautiful?

Nidhi was wondering what to do with all the cardboard boxes she'd been hoarding. Her cry for help prompted some great responses, least of which was my suggestion:

Then Gilboonet chimed in with some professional carboard-furniture-making advice:

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Glass Flooring

by DIY Maven

Glass Flooring

Think about the light in your house. Now imagine if your floors were made of glass. Boggles the mind, huh? To help us conceive of what our homes would look like with such flooring, check out the picture above. Installed in a

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The John Deere Rug Series.

by Chris Gardner

green rug Contemporary Rugs by John Deere

The John Deere rug series, by Norwegian industrial design studio Permafrost explores the industrialization of farming in rural Scandanavia, where machinery has replaced more traditional forms of agriculture. They don't seem to be ACTUALLY affiliated with the John Deere tractor company, but rather interesting, nonetheless.

black rug Contemporary Rugs by John Deere
brown rug2 Contemporary Rugs by John Deere

For other takes on crafting and design from a male perspective, check out the new site from Curbly - ManMadeDIY.com

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