Wanna Meet My 1894 Kitchen Floor?
When I purchased the Cross House there was a 1970s vinyl floor in the kitchen. I pulled that up only to discover a 1950s linoleum floor. I pulled that up to discover…an astonishing 1930s floor. It looked like something Fred Flintstone would have in his kitchen.
This 1930s linoleum was totally fabulous, and while in good-ish condition it could not really be used. My plan was to remove it in strips, and then use these for counters in the basement. Last summer I managed to get one strip removed. I laid it in the hot sun on the driveway, where it became quite soft. Then, I was able to roll it up and store it in the basement.
The flooring was originally contiguous into the servant’s hall, which I will use as a breakfast room. Sadly, the previous owner removed all this due to termite damage, and I am crossing my fingers that the 1894 yellow pine can be matched.
I am hopeful that my kitchen floor can be restored. And I think it is going to be stunning.
It will just take some patience. Not one of my virtues.
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