Thoughs on tile floor

Discussion in 'Your Vintage Home' started by 1mach1, May 3, 2018.

  1. 1mach1

    1mach1

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    This is my kitchen. It was last seriously remodeled in 1958, except for the countertops, sink , carpet and paintwork I did in 2000 to get the place rented fast. The stove is obviously 1980s. Now I am living here again and want to bring it back to a vintage look (as vintage as possible without breaking the bank). The floor is out of level, so large tiles are out of the question. I was thinking of maybe a small greyish herringbone tile to keep with the wall tile that I am not going to change. Thoughts? Thanks in advance![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. EstherWeis

    EstherWeis Vendor

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    May also be good to mention that we are going to paint the cabinets and hang different pull handles. ( boomerangs )
     
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  3. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    I don't know how bad your floor is, but there are flowable epoxy products available to correct that problem. Might be worth looking in to to get a level surface.
     
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  4. vitanola

    vitanola I'll Lock Up

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    Regular Armstrong Vinyl Composition Tile is inexpensive, available in a variety of colors and patterns, and may be cut into small sizes on a common miter saw. For a late 1950s kitchen 9" square tiles would be appropriate, as would be Forbo Marmoleum real Linoleum sheet flooring. A period range and period refrigerator, both of which items should be quite inexpensive, would complete the look. I recall a turquoise Frigidaire Custom Imperial Flair range which turned up on a local Craigslist for a pittance (<$200) a few months ago, along with a matching turquoise refrigerator.

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  5. 1mach1

    1mach1

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    Thank you for the input @vitanola. I like your ideas. I'd love to get my hands on an old IH refrigerator.

    Any thoughts on window treatments? These vinyl blinds drive me nuts.
     
  6. vitanola

    vitanola I'll Lock Up

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    I do wonder...

    Is it possible that the refrigerator was once installed where your range now sits? If so, that would leave room for a larger range with built-in work space, something like this Kenmore:

    https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/atq/d/antique-gas-stove-oven/6555233683.html

    Or this double oven Universal:

    https://kalamazoo.craigslist.org/atq/d/1950s-universal-gas-range/6557145456.html

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    Or perhaps this Tappan Deluxe:

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    https://akroncanton.craigslist.org/atq/d/vintage-tappan-deluxe-gas/6548740382.html


    If you could run an electric line, this 1953 Frigidaire would fit your existing space.
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    https://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/atq/d/1950s-frigidaire-stove/6543189353.html

    And here is an example of the single oven Imperial which is currently on offer for but $100
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    https://youngstown.craigslist.org/atq/d/frigidaire-flair-vintage-stove/6555437066.html

    All of the above ranges were expensive when new, and are of excellent quality. They will cook and clean quite as well as the best modern units.
     
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  7. vitanola

    vitanola I'll Lock Up

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    For the windows, 2" wide aluminum Venetian blinds WITH TAPE stringers would be a nice period touch.

    https://www.blinds.com/Catalog/ProductConfiguration?productId=503342

    Then make simple curtains using perhaps a reproduction printed cotton:

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    https://www.fabric.com/buy/fr-100/m...AjBDgiuKydo3BKu92Vwypa0goJq4uR0kaAnFIEALw_wcB

    And the windows will be done.


    Now, for the counters, Wilsonart offers a line of period laminates at prices which are competitive with more commercial stuffs, about $120 for a 4x8 sheet. It is pretty easy to make a DIY laminate counter top, especially with patterns like these:


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    https://www.wilsonart.com/laminate/virtual-design-library/retro
     
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  8. 3fingers

    3fingers One Too Many

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    https://retrorenovation.com
    You may already know of this site, but there are a lot of resources and pictures here of folks who have done projects like yours.
     
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  9. Paisley

    Paisley I'll Lock Up

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    I love your current stove--it's just like the one I had at my last house.
     

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