(Photo via Farbo)
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.
(Photo via This Old House)
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.