Suzanne’s cheery red, black and white checkerboard floor


We sure do love our checkerboard floors — lots of ways to play with this idea. Suzanne writes:
Hi, Pam — Here’s the checkerboard floor in my 1941 house in Burbank, CA.  Note the double border, my attempt to imitate Armstrong’s wonderful patterns of the period.  Anyone in the LA area looking for flooring will be delighted with the selection at Linoleum City.And here’s my restored 1940s O’Keefe & Merritt 6-burner 2-oven, 2-broiler beauty.  Keep up the good work! –Suzanne (Burbank, CA)


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  1. John says

    Hi, I’ve always loved the floors with the borders that follow the curves of the room. You did a terrific job and thanks for the inspiration. I have to replace my kitchen floor in my 1959 ranch here in MA. one day.

    • Suzanne says

      Hi, John–
      The linoleum squares are from Tarkett. I think they’re the industrial-strength ones. I wash it with white vinegar diluted in warm (not hot) water. Tarkett makes floor care products.
      BTW, I’m from Mass. also. Born in Haverhill & graduated from Wellesley High. I go back once or twice a year. Also lived on Beacon Hill a couple of doors down from a stop on the Underground Railroad.
      Good luck with your project,

  2. Cynthia says

    Gorgeous and very inspiring! We need to re-do our kitchen floor…previous owners put down some hideous stick-in tiles from Home Depot and every time I look at it I cringe (I’ve been doing a lot of cringing in the kitchen for the past 5 years…). I have not been be able to find anything I like yet, but have not done much research either. This gives me a starting point…going to show this to my husband so he knows what’s next on his honey-do list… 😉

  3. Suzanne says

    Hi, All-
    Thank you all for your encouraging comments. Will post more pix.
    Barbara–sorry you couldn’t get the link. Try
    California Kathy–the stove came from Savon Appliances in Reseda. Go to The Burbank store sells mostly washers & dryers (that’s where I got my “new” ’60s stacking Maytag), & the Reseda store sells mostly stoves. Mine was totally refurbished, & I had them paint the knobs & handles red.
    If you’d like to see a video narrative of the renovations on my house–including the pink bathroom–go to YouTube & key in REVA1040.

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