Green Linoleum – really?

After years of wanting and three years of trying for child #2, we decided it might not be in the plans for us. Instead we bought a new house that needed much work. Boom, I was pregnant one month later.  Having a new child and then two in daycare put all renovation plans requiring money (or time) on hold. 

The house we bought was built in the early 1960s.  Every room had hideous wallpaper.  The bathroom is pink tile.  The half bath is puke green and baby blue tile.  At some point the hardwoods had been covered by carpet which was then removed again. The kitchen was the worst.  The cabinets had wallpaper across the top – like a border. The walls were green and the floor was green linoleum. Think Brady bunch.  This weekend we finally decided to do something about it.

Our eventual plan is to gut the kitchen and destroy those hideous cabinets with the silver rimmed counters.  Knock out the window and put in sliders and a big deck and open the kitchen to the living room more.  But for now, we’ll settle for new floor and paint, removing the wallpaper and putting windows (big $$) in the entire house (replacing the horizontal levered 1960s style crank out, leaky windows).

This is the kitchen just before we moved in.

Last week I took a new approach to painting. Instead of spending hours contemplating shades of colors, I went to Lowe’s and picked out the first three colors that caught my eye. I bought samples and spread huge splotches on different walls. I settled on a lemony yellow.  Then I went and picked a peel-n-stick tile floor. Eventually I want real tiles, but this will do for now.  In the closet, we noticed the floor was different than the kitchen, which led us to believe that the green linoleum had been laid on top of another floor. I peeled up a tiny corner just to see and —– rip — a huge 5 foot tear.  Lo and behold the floor came up super easy. (wish I had known that 3 years ago)

This is the old green floor being pulled up.  The older floor underneath is a WHOLE lot better.  Why on earth did anyone chose that hideous green to cover up the other stuff?

So now we have a beige tiled floor underneath. It is scuffed and the “Armstrong” label printed on the bottom of the green linoleum has been permanently imprinted on the beige flooring.  But that’s okay.  It is laid in nice, neat squares which will make lining up the new tile so much easier.

I have a house party in mid-April. My goal is to have the new floor, painted ceiling and painted walls complete by then. Wish me luck!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lawyerchik1
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 12:31:32

    THAT’S what’s under the green floor? Cool!! 🙂 That should make for a nice even surface for your peel-n-stick tiles. Someone put peel-n-stick tiles over something really weird (almost dragon-scale green) in my entryway that – if I had my way, some really nice weather, and a free weekend at my disposal – will one day be a nice ceramic/stone tile, but that’s a much, MUCH smaller area than a kitchen.

    Good luck with the renovations!


  2. mssc54
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 15:57:20

    Our church used alot of that peel and stick tile in small areas. You may want to check to see if it is better to overlap the old tile. It may not stick well or void any warranty if you line up “seam on seam.” Also make sure you have the correct tool to cut in around door jams and closets.

    I will bet you a dollar to a doughnut you wouild be able to sell those cabinets on Craigslist! If not they would serve as great storage in a garage!! Wish I were closer, I would remove them for you and cart them right off!

    OH! Go the extra mile and invest in some knee pads too!

    Have fun!!


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