Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Marmoleum floor

Todd says the workers are at the house now putting down the new floor. We're getting bamboo in the new dining room, and blue marmoleum tile in the kitchen. (See picture at left.) We wanted an eco-friendly flooring that wouldn't be too hard or too brittle -- it's inevitable that I'll drop a cast iron skillet on the floor -- and Jeff suggested it. He's our house renovations project manager. Is that the right title? He's a friend of Nick's who basically handles all scheduling, hiring, materials gathering, and oversight. He rocks.

We ordered the tile from a catalogue, sight unseen, and it's kind of weird. Marmoleum is made of linseed oil, rosins, and wood flour, so basically it's paper. And it really feels like paper tiles. But it's apparently so environmentally friendly that we don't really care. Plus, it's got to be better than the carpet that's in the kitchen now.

Playing before daycare

Who puts carpet in a kitchen? When I spilled a bottle of salad dressing on the floor and was complaining to Alanna that it would never come up, she pointed out that I could steam-clean it. In my world, though, that's the same as never.


Collin, Amy, Eva said...

Did you see the description for the color "greydations" ?? I would never think of a floor as being "pensive," it's absurd! I love it, it reminds me of the flooring in the cafeteria of my elementary school. I've been looking at kitchen flooring lately, and now I'm thinking marmoleum may be just the thing.

As for the carpet in the kitchen - yikes! Who does that? I don't know why, but the very idea is stirring some deeply-buried memory that I may have repressed due to childhood trauma; so far all I can come up with is "daycare." Yeepers.

Kelly O said...

"Set your life tone": hilarious. Damn hippies.

Some people love marmoleum, some people loathe it and regret installing it (see the comments section here). If it's going to be a while before you put in a new floor, I'll let you know how we like it after six months!

Collin, Amy, Eva said...

Yep, it'll be next winter, probably, until we do anything to our kitchen, but I'm constantly looking for ideas and checking out materials - so yes, please, let me know what you think of it - it looks right up my alley.

Also, I remembered where I've seen kitchen-carpet. My aunt and uncle moved into an old farmhouse outside of Boise when I was about 7, and they had the same kind of carpet in their kitchen, same type of pattern too, only it was green instead of beige (at least it looks beige in your pix). No bad memories though, I loved that farmhouse, kitchen-carpet and all.

Kelly O said...

Actually, the carpet is green. (Crummy phone camera.) What is it with farmhouses and kitchen carpet?

Collin, Amy, Eva said...

Why would you put carpet in ANY room in a FARMhouse. In theory you'd be tracking in mud and chicken poop and hay every day - wouldn't you want a nice, smooth surface that could be easily cleaned? Why would you want to vacuum your kitchen? It's not natural. It boggles the mind.

But the real question is, how did you find such a perfect old farmhouse in College Park? American Gothic on the outside, funky-vintage on the inside (lately I find myself coveting the wallpaper in what I assume is your dining room, by the way).

Kelly O said...

In our house's case, the kitchen was added much later. The house is 100 years old and was there before any of the streets or other houses were.

The wallpaper was actually pretty hideous in most of the rooms. But it meant no lead paint on the walls and it chased away other buyers. We left the least egregious of it alone, but before we painted over the other rooms (I KNOW, I KNOW!), Thea's eyes would get jumpy while she looked at it, like they couldn't focus and she was about to have a seizure.

Collin, Amy, Eva said...

Mmm..I think lead paint might be a problem in our house, although it's been painted and even replastered so, who knows. I know wallpaper can be a real bummer and it's hard to remove or cover, but that dining room...I just love it. And all the family photos on the walls, really nice. We've done the same thing in our dining room with family pix, and it looks great, but that wallpaper would add a lotk1tten.

Kelly O said...

Hmm, you're giving me a new appreciation for the dining room wallpaper. I think I have an unfair impression of it because it was very similar to the wallpaper in the living room, except that the l.r. had a beige background. I have an allergic reaction to beige.

Collin, Amy, Eva said...

Beige = vomit-vomit