A possible explanation
We have long wondered what the original kitchen was like, and we think we know how it was changed…. The wall cabinets, upper and lower, at the end of this room were not there originally. There was just a row of cabinets and a sink on the window wall, and the range was centered on the opposite wall.
Under the dark green tile we found white formica with gold sparkles, but only on the counter at the end of the room. The original countertop was probably tile since that formica is a later design than 1947. The developer lived in the house next door; it’s possible that the same cabinet maker built the additional cabinets, which would explain why they match, but the mixed countertops would have made it a hodgepodge.
Ugly linoleum never dies.
The scoring was made today, when the contractor was removing the layer of plywood that had been nailed on top of this.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to get a photo of the original linoleum. I saw it peeking out from beneath all these layers when we had the hardwood floors refinished, before the threshold was added between the rooms.
The new mystery: an abandoned drain line under the cabinet next to the sink. The sub-floor above this had a lot of water damage and was removed, but what was this drain for?
In the breakfast room that linoleum covers the original red oak strip flooring. We discovered the nice original hardwood floor in the tiny pantry.
This remodel will replace all of the flooring with new red oak strip flooring, finished to match the original, but still…. .