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July 5, 2018

Susan’s Epic Journey to Have the Vintage Kitchen of Her Dreams – Part 2

By Sara In AZ

Today we continue on with Susan………toward having the mid century kitchen of her dreams. Today we will see what flooring she chose and also see how she deals with the trials and tribulations of a retro kitchen remodel!

Just to refresh everyone’s memory…this is the flooring Susan had in her kitchen when she moved in. It was originally a salmon color that had oxidized to brown – which she only figured out after removing the cabinets.



This is the original floor under layers of laminate. I actually like this flooring, too bad it was destroyed due to layers of laminate placed over it.
Pity they no longer make that pattern/design.


Floor guy said we cannot rip up the original floor because it is made with asbestos, so he covered over it with Luan and then VCT


I am LITERALLY dying over this harlequin pattern floor Susan!!! If this was ever offered again I’d rip out all of my flooring in a heartbeat to install this!

This is the original flooring I wanted, in a checkerboard or random diamond pattern (Like Sara’s mom’s kitchen) with Aqua Spring and Emerald Lace.


Unfortunately, two weeks before install, I was informed both tiles were discontinued. Feeling rushed and under the gun, I made the hasty decision to go with Carnival White and Bikini Blue, that is, until I saw the Bikini Blue in actual size and decided the blue was just wrong.





I literally changed my mind the day before the install and decided to go with Carnival White – only. To say I was/am disappointed would be an understatement. I am happy with the VCT product as well as the installation. However, I am not 100% thrilled with my floor color. To make up for it, I tried to bring out the colors in Carnival White, namely the pink and turquoise.

Here is a better close-up of the VCT tile Susan chose. I really love it Susan and think it was a great choice!


Carnival White has specks of color: pink and turquoise. I tried to play up those colors in my kitchen design.

And you can see – the flooring has been installed!!!


Side note – Susan painted her kitchen walls “Eartha Kitsch Blue”….click through the link to see my original post on this paint color!

New VCT Flooring: Carnival White
(Susan’s Fur Baby Mother Teresa approves!)


To reiterate: I had wanted a checkerboard or diamond pattern like Sara’s mom’s kitchen, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

Baseboard and window/door trim needed


February 2017, during the floor installation, I was having a conversation with the man who was installing my VCT flooring. I told him of my ‘vision’ to have a 1950s kitchen with custom knotty pine cabinets. Well, it just so happens the floor guy is friends with a custom cabinet maker. Going on the floor installer’s word alone, I contacted the cabinet maker and explained what I wanted. The cabinet maker came to my home on multiple occasions to measure, re-measure and measure my kitchen again! We reviewed the design plan. Once everything was agreed upon, I signed the proposal and gave him a deposit. This process began in March 2017. Sadly, months went by and it was one empty promise after another. He seemed to have an endless supply of empty excuses as to why I still did not have my cabinets. At one point he blamed the hurricane that hit Texas at the end of August. It should be noted that I had given him a deposit in April. Sigh. Long story short. The man took my money and produced nothing but excuses and lies. I ended up hiring a lawyer to get my deposit back.


That was September 2017. As a result, I felt demoralized because I was back to square one – no cabinets or countertops.


Rather than hastily find another cabinet maker, I decided to just ride out the remaining of 2017, lick my wounds and start over fresh in the new year. In the meantime, I had had a conversation with my ex-husband, who is a contractor. I told him what happened with the cabinet maker and he suggested I contact his custom cabinet maker: Dan Taccini of DWT Woodworking. https://www.dwtwoodworking.com/ My ex said he can “guarantee Dan’s work” and “You will not regret hiring Dan, that he is a true craftsman and professional”.  I would soon come to find out just how right my Ex Husband was!



This is the dinette set my aunt and uncle gave me. I am so glad they kept all the furniture from their diner. I had a choice between a table that sits 4 or 2. I felt the table for 2 fit better in the space


Come back next Thursday to see Susan’s dream of a Knotty Pine kitchen FINALLY come alive….you definitely will not want to miss this!

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6 Responses to Susan’s Epic Journey to Have the Vintage Kitchen of Her Dreams – Part 2

  1. Beth Reply

    July 5, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I opened a Zumba studio in 2012, had to lay a new floor and also chose Carnival White!

    • Susan from Boston Reply

      July 12, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Hi Beth!

      Great minds think alike. 🙂

  2. Jacki Reply

    July 7, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Susan, I think after you’ve had the flooring for a while that you will love it. We ended up using the Carnival white in our Tucson house, but had the installers put a pink border following the contours of the kitchen around the white. Even though the flecks in the Carnival were closer to a red color than a pink, it still made the colors pop in the Carnival. Your table and chairs are great and they look great with the flooring as I’m sure the rest of the accessories do too. Can’t wait to see the reveal!

    • Susan from Boston Reply

      July 12, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Hi Jacki!

      Thank you for the comment. Wow! I love the idea of a border that picks up one of the colors in Carnival White. Such a great idea!!!! Darn! I wish I had thought of that. Sigh. I think the issue was, I was so hung up on the checkerboard or the pattern Sara went with in her mom’s kitchen, that I didn’t even *think* to do a border.

      Oh well.

      The proverbial “they” always say, you learn so much after doing a remodel. If I could do a few things differently, I would – especially the floor. OH well, live and learn. right?

  3. Amy Weinholtz Reply

    November 25, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I’m new to this website, but I think you made a wise choice with your flooring. The color is great and you can add different shades of those colors all around. We put in a yellow speckle VCT in our 1969 kitchen and luv it! We bought a Koblenz little lightweight cleaning/stripping/buffing machine online for $87 and hubby got the new floor shining bright with no real effort! It has been 3 years since he put the multiple layers of wax on it and frankly, doesn’t yet need a strip & wax. I wondered why they ever did away with these floors and went to “no-wax?” I prefer the VCT!

    • Boston Susan Reply

      November 30, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Amy! Thanks for commenting on my kitchen reno. I agree with you about VCT – so practical and easier on the feet and joints. I live in New England, it gets mighty cold here. I can’t understand why anyone would want cold hard ceramic tile under their feet! I grew up with VAT (vinyl asbestos tile) in a turquoise and white checkerboard pattern. Ideally, that is what I wanted for this kitchen reno, but it was not meant to be. Oh well…

      When I first began researching my kitchen reno, I reached out to Sara often for her expertise. When she and her hubby were renovating their mom’s place, they had VCT installed. Rather than lay down layers of wax, they used a sealant – only. The sealant protects the floor and is intended to be used before laying down the wax. Sara said the sealant created a nice sheen without the need to maintain the floor. She gave me the name of the brand and I went to my local floor place to pick up a jug. Sara’s right. The sealant gives a nice sheen while protecting the floor. I mop my floor every week, sometimes twice a week (I have animals) and the sealant/shine is still going strong. 🙂

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