Temporary Kitchen Floor?

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Everyone has been so enthusiastic and CREATIVE regarding ideas for our temporary kitchen. Thank you. You all are so supportive. In the next posting, I'll put up the dimensions of the kitchen and locations of the items we have to work around.

In the meantime, Carol made a suggestion about a product that I've been circling around for awhile. Linoleum. Through researching linoleum, I found Marmoleum.

A friend of ours designed a nursery school room using sheet linoleum. It's such a great material...soft and quiet underfoot. It is non-synthethic (no chemicals or fumes) and wears well if you use the right cleaning/sealing products.

Our current floor is maple...mostly. When they moved an exterior wall ages ago, they left the old porch floor in as part of the kitchen and patched the rest with painted and splintery wood. They sunk nails into it at some point as well, which will be a problem if/when we refinish the floor. Small head nails can be sunk below the wood floor. But large head nails would need to be dealt with in another way.

Originally, I thought linoleum was a product of the 1930's and 1940's. But I was wrong! It was originally patented by Frederick Walton of England in 1863. Real linoleum is made from linseed oil, powdered cork, wood flour, resins, ground limestone, and other natural materials.

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Vinyl imitations became more popular over time. Arranging linoleum in PATTERNS reached the height of popularity in the 30's and 40's. Borders are still available.

As much as I like sheet linoleum, I didn't consider it for our floors because it is installed with a special glue. And I didn't want to put glue on the floors again. (The previous owners had vinyl tiles in the back hallway and downstairs bedrooms, as well as the downstairs bath. We still have to finish removing it from the bedrooms.)

But then I found the Marmoleum Click product. I don't know if it is available yet or how well it works. However, if it does work well, it would be possible to fit ithe tiles into the current layout temporarily and then reuse it in the basement for the laundry room later (?)

Anyway, definitely worth investigating. Just like the book, Linoleum by Jane Powell and Linda Svendsen.

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From what I understand, Marmoleum can be somewhat expensive and difficult to install for a non-professional--though maybe as far as installation, the "Click" product is easier since it looks like a floating product.

Another cool producct you could look into if you're willing to make a slight exception to the faithfulness of your home's era is cork flooring, which is available both in glue-down tiles and floating planks. There are many patterns available, some of which have a very linoleum-like look. Very eco-friendly, and a wonderful surface to stand on (great on the knees...)

Cork is awesome, but you've got to watch the shoes with it.
I just finished our temporary bathroom and used linoleum. Man~ that glue is CRAZY stuff! Don't use it if you want to keep your maple. If there are other fixatives, though, I actually think it's a great material for all the reasons you mentioned. Vinyl, in comparison... that crap oughta be banned. icky icky. HOWEVER: you could use the sheet stuff as a temporary floorcover and just not glue it except at the edges, where it seems like your floor may have real refinishing needs anyway. Well, another idea, at least.

I like this idea! Now I'm wondering if we shouldn't do this in our kitchen, hall and office for a temporary (several years) fix. We have original wood under there, but it isn't in great shape and will be a huge undertaking. Hmmm ...

I'm planning on installing linoleum in my basement; I managed to find one local dealer who carries Marmoleum (there aren't many). Since this will replace composite vinyl on concrete, I wasn't concerned with the glue, though I'm seriously intrigued by the Click! panels. Thanks for the inspiration.


We checked into Maroleum and the prices start at about $6.00 per square foot. Nice stuff, but I didn't think this was inexpensive. Vinyl is what is cheap, though not environmentally friendly. We found attractive Armstrong commercial tile at 55 cents a tile. We were going to do a checkerboard pattern in granny smith green and a blue green, but when we took all 4 layers of old tile off our kitchen floor, we found we had pretty decent maple floors. We couldn't bear to pound a bazillion nail holes into that floor adding a sub floor and so we rented a U-Sander and refinished them ourselves.
Incidentally, if anyone wants to see the tile we were going to use, it's here:

I think that tile is cute, Jocelyn. So much cute stuff in the world, how is a person supposed to make a decision?

Here in Tacoma there's a really sweet liquidation store that has just tons and tons of tile--flooring tile, ceramic tile, you name it. They also, incidentally, happen to also carry floating bamboo planks and glue-down cork tile at pretty reasonable prices. I suppose they're buying up overstocks or something. Unfortunatly, I can't remember any numbers offhand.

Anyway, I would imagine there are similar type of stores in other areas ripe for discovery that might have some good, cheap flooring materials...

My parents installed Marmoleum in their kitchen a few months ago. (I had hauled my mom to a Jane Powell talk on "Linoleum" last summer). One tip is to search the Marmoleum site to find vendors and then call the wholesale places. My mom was able to buy her's at wholesale because she told them she had located them online. This resulted in a nice discount on materials, installation, and cleaning/finishing supplies. That place also recommended someone local that did cut outs. She chose a thin strip that circled the kitchen (vintage green floor w/ cream cut out). It looks really cute.

Just a couple thoughts here. How about synthetic sisal? It's waterproof, easy to clean and comes in custom sizes. The other advantage is that since it is just a rug you pick it up and reuse in it another part of your house, like your basement or laundry room, once you complete your remodel. One of the brands I'm familar with with Bolon. CurranOnline.com carries it. It's not super cheap--I think it's around $6 a square foot.

Also, check out Julia Child's kitchen for inspiration on how to get the most out of your kitchen space. She used a lot of pegboard to maximize her storage. Here's a link: http://americanhistory.si.edu/juliachild/default.asp

I also like the small framed prints hanging on her cabinet doors. I saw a similar approach a few years ago for a budget kitchen. The designer used simple black frames and some pen and ink sketches to jazz up the cabinets.

If you're looking for something just to cover over your floors for a few years, why not just make your own floor covering out of heavy duck canvas? My mother made several rugs for our house when I was a kid. She painted the canvas with a latex base and used acrylic for details. She then coated it with several layers of polyurethane to seal it.

We made our own wood floors from 4'x8' sheets of 1/2" plywood that we cut down to 1'x 4' planks, we sanded the tops, rubbed on gel stain in dark walnut and then used square head screws to screw them in to the floor. After all was in we applied 3 coats of marine spar polyurethane. We thought this would be our temporary floor, but it has been 12 years and they still look beautiful- and only cost $400 for our large living/dining room (17x30).

How about parquet floorin the kitchen? I have an open floor plan with all of the other floors leading to the kitchen, and they all have the parquet?


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