Monday, November 24, 2008

Vintage Linoleum

If, like me, you love the look of old linoleum floors, you would REALLY enjoy this book. It's completely filled with fantastic photos of pictures of vintage kitchens, advertisements, close-ups of linoleum patterns, etc. Trust me - it's a wonderful book, as are all of the books by Jane Powell and Linda Svendsen.
Here is an advertisement from 1937 for Sealex linoleum. I wouldn't mind having a kitchen floor like this:
And another from 1938. This one shows a few more patterns. We need a new kitchen floor very badly. I'd love to have a custom inlaid linoleum design! But we'll have to settle for a less costly option when/if we get it done.
Check out this kitchen with Armstrong Linoleum on the floor. This picture and the next one are from a 1945 advertising calendar my sister gave me that was from the furniture store where Daddy used to work (he didn't work there in 1945, though!):
I LOVE this design with the semi-circles on the floor in the tan and burgundy colors! Click to see it larger and read about the Lazy Susan table! Cool:

This ad for Johnson's Wax is from 1958 - cute poodle! I like the commercial grade vinyl tiles that are available now as one of the the least expensive flooring options out there. They look similar to old linoleum, and come in a myriad of colors; my favorites are the color-flecked type. You can do a checkerboard or plaid pattern or just a border, anything you like. They're made to withstand heavy use - that's why you see them in supermarkets and the like.
I love everything about this fabulous kitchen, below, that I cut out from a magazine. The owner is a San Francisco designer named Candra Scott. What a beautiful room! The floor was done with an old, unused linoleum rug that was bordered with cut Armstrong tiles. I love the floor, the pottery, the table in the center (I want that!), the cabinet doors, the swivel stools, like I said - everything!
Isn't it fabulous?


Annette said...

Great kitchens. Beautiful linoleum, and I agree it is a great book. I also love all the old stoves. I sure wish I could get my old stove hooked up in my kitchen. I like the paper lanterns in the last one too. Love T

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

So sorry. I posted my oooohs and aaaaahs under the cookbook section. I was so excited about the flooring I wasn't paying good attention. Demerits for Melony.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I love this post! It was a feast for the eyes. I love old kitchens. I loved that lazy susan table idea. Oh course I love the poodle! Twyla

Monica said...

Why dont they make floors like this anymore!!!

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

LOVE the Candra Scott kitchen! It's currently featured in the May 2010 issue of This Old House.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone give me any information on where the floral print linoleums may be available for purchase?