Friday, July 06, 2012

Are you as horrified by this as I am?



I would cut this print into little pieces for a scrap quilt. I might even use it as a backing.

Too bad it's not a piece of fabric. It's the floor in one of our bedrooms. Let that sink in for just a second....this is a floor. In my house.

Are you as horrified and fascinated by this old linoleum as I am?

I grew up in a house that was built in the mid-70s. I thought I'd seen scary floors. But this...this one just boggles my mind. Mostly because it's on my very own floor and I get to decide what to do about it.

When we moved into this house seven years ago, the carpet in the boys' room had a small paint stain. It didn't make sense to replace the carpet then, since it was in pretty decent shape and I wasn't about to put brand new carpet in the boys' room. (If your young children would be perfectly respectful of new carpet, good for you. Mine would take it as a personal challenge.)

My first hint of this flooring came a couple of months ago when I was cleaning out the boys' closet. It was carpeted when we first moved in, but somewhere along the line the carpet vanished and scary linoleum appeared. I was too busy trying to figure out where my carpet had gone to really worry about the new floor.

And it never occurred to me that it was more than a random scrap the previous owners had put down in the closet. I always assumed that there was hardwood under the rest of the carpet, which is what we've got in the other two bedrooms, or that the original wood floors had been replaced with newer wood flooring.

But I'm lucky. I apparently have a whole room full of this gorgeous stuff. I haven't pulled back all of the carpet, because I'm not that courageous.

So do I keep the carpet, or scar my boys for life by making them sleep in a room with flowered linoleum? And, while I'm asking questions, can anyone imagine choosing this as their bedroom floor?

This post is linked to Finding the Funny at My Life and Kids.

13 comments:

Needled Mom said...

I've never seen anything like that before. Good luck!

quilt happy said...

we have it in our house but our house is 155 years old

Denise :) said...

LOL! I've never seen flooring like this either! How funny! (Since it's yours, and not mine. Haha!) :)

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I ran across this THIS morning! I must be old because I do remember linoleum just like that! We renovated my parents old home the past 2 years and I would KILL for even a piece of that!!! I have an old very modern looking piece the size of a throw rug under one of my office chairs in my sewing room. It protects the floor from the rollers. And, was just wishing I had another piece of any color of linoleum for the other chair. See, I would be putting my bedroom in the boys room and moving them somewhere else. LOL Shirley in MO

Anonymous said...

I love this floor! I just moved from a big old farmhouse in Vermont and that flooring was in 2 of the smaller bedrooms! It's probably from the 1940s...I would sell my soul to find some of it for my sewing room! If you're in central Florida I would be glad to come and buy it from you! VermontPines at aol dot com

beaquilter said...

oh wow! take a picture of it and make either a printed copy of it OR make a mini quilt from the "tile" pattern... then IF you want- get rid of the flooring.
it's FUN finding treasures like that isn't it? how old are your boys now?

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Some of that old linoleum was pretty wild. I actually found some I liked under the carpet in one of our bedrooms, but it was too worn to save so I just tore it up, re-stained & varnished the old wood floor & put down an area rug. Ask your boys what they think of it...they might like it.

piece peace said...

I think it is awesome! That stuff is indestructible. I am not sure how your boys will lie it.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I think it's totally beautiful!

Mary said...

I have seen this pattern or one like it on multiple floors through out my childhood (60s and 70s). It makes me think of old farm houses with a fresh pie ready and chickens in the yard. Thanks for the memories!

treadle said...

I love your flooring!

Teresa said...

I totally agree with you, that IS scary. Check your walls - they might have the faux wallpaper panelling of the same era. lol. Save your children and recarpet. They'll thank you later in life.

Elaine Adair said...

No, I don't much like it! LOL There probably ARE reproductions of it somewhere for some giganto price! I redid an unused room in my basement and found red and white tile floor under terrible carpeting -- the tile was in really good condition glue-wise, but the top was horrible, yet that check was probably lovely at one time. I would have kept it if it had been in good condition. We never know what's under there, do we?

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