Before: Kitchen Floors

Things are slowly moving along at the new house. We received our new appliances and soon will have a microwave once more. My husband has finished putting the subfloor in the kitchen/eat-in area/mudroom so we’re ready to order flooring. The only thing is I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for. How I wish I could find the original kitchen flooring minus the probably asbestos backing.

Original Kichen FlooringThey just don’t make flooring with this pattern anymore. We’ve decided to go with vinyl composition tile, or in the industry it’s known as VCT. It’s economical, DIY, and close to what was originally there. Here are a few inspirations I found.

Original Kitchen

From Flickr.

Here’s a beautiful mid-century kitchen. We have pink bathrooms so I’m wondering if I need to continue the pink theme in the kitchen or if I can just branch off to something different.

Kitchen Pattern


This layout is close to ours, and when I first saw it I loved the pattern. But I’m afraid it’s a bit too much for my streamlined taste.

VCT Kitchen

Found on Pinterest.

Here’s a closeup for what’s in stock at the big home improvement stores. I think we need a little more pizazz.

VCT Bedroom


And if I could convince my husband we’d have this beautiful VCT throughout the entire house. That’s not going to happen.

VCT close to original


I did come across these samples which had a little more confetti pattern to them like the original. I like the upper left one. We were afraid the colors would be too neon. I went to look in person and that green and pink is indeed fluorescent.

VCT Final?

I think the one we’re going to go with in the end is this top right sample. It has a fun confetti pattern but in non-neon colors. It will match the wood built-ins throughout the house and hide some serious dirt as I’m a lazy housekeeper.

What do you think? Any ideas come to mind?

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  1. cindy
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    i think it looks fabulous!

  2. Carol
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Armstrong has some very nice VCT tile in beautiful colors and lots of patterns. I bought some for a project a few years ago at Louie’s Floor Covering on Ingersoll. It’s not quite what the original is that you have pictured, but very close. The Safety Zone line of Armstrong might be what you’re looking for.

    • Angela
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      Carol I like that option! I’ll have to see it in sample to make sure it doesn’t look too peachy. Thank you!

  3. Susie
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I also think the one you chose is a great choice. Very similar to the older style.

    • Angela
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Susie! I’m anxious to get it installed. One step at a time 🙂

  4. Shawn
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    I’m having a hard time finding floorimg too. Would love to find the older style confetti tiles. I’m going with the blue Azrock Karim in my kitchen but stuck on the bathroom. I was considering the Azrock white but yes, it’s neon specks! I really love the last samples that you posted. Exactly what I had in mind! Where did you find that tile?

    • Angela
      Posted February 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shawn! I took a picture of the front of the book and it’s Core Elements and I couldn’t find any references to their color choices. On their website you can find a showroom, that’s where I first found it. If I remember correctly it’s a little over $2.00/sqft, but not too much of a hike especially in a bathroom. I did order a few samples from Congoleum, one which had confetti so I’ll see how that ends up. Hope this helps and let us know how your bathroom turned out! I love seeing examples of vct tile 🙂

      • Shawn
        Posted February 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

        Geez, I couldn’t find the Core Elements website anywhere but finally found a site that had samples to order. Can’t wait to see them in person. I actually got a nice sample box from Azrock today with almost their whole collection. Fun to look through on my snow day!

        • Angela
          Posted February 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

          I couldn’t find a website either! It’s like they don’t want us to order their confettied samples or something 🙂 The Azrock line does look to have a lot of fun colors. From our local Menards we could check out the sample boxes of Armstrong and Congoleum. Needless to say I’ve hoarded them for three weeks while I fret about my decision making! Have fun looking through them, I know just what you mean!

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