If you’ve ever thought it was a good idea to glue linoleum tiles over beautiful hardwood floors, you may want to skip this post because you are officially on our naughty list!
Clearly the linoleum must go, so Matthew and I decided to test the waters and see what was lurking under those popular squares of a bygone era. Whaddyah know? There’s beautiful hardwood floor under there! In both the kitchen and the butler’s pantry, the previous owners had pasted over the original hardwoods… and it was no easy task to chisel our way down to the good stuff. Matthew and I spent the better part of two days chipping away at the tiles with scrapers and a rubber mallet, but it was worth it!!
As we were scraping along, we wondered to ourselves, “what exactly is linoleum, anyway?” So, naturally, we Googled it. In case you’re wondering, too, here’s the scoop according to Wikipedia:
Funny thing – you’ll notice that the use of the word ‘linoleum’ grew exponentially in the late 1940s/early 1950s… back when our little nest was just a teenager. Maybe the linoleum was just an awkward phase. 😉
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Brent and Lindsey also had the dreaded glued linoleum floor and underneath found beautiful heart pine flooring from the 1920s. The sourced some additional flooring to match from a neighborhood house that was being demolished and then some more from a salvage place in Baltimore. After sanding and refinishing, their floors are dynamite! You scored!
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That is awesome! We are looking forward to the day when we can see our floors come to life after refinishing. Like Brent and Lindsey, we also need to source some vintage boards for just one room that doesn’t already have hardwood. 🙂 Thanks for encouraging us! xo