We could remove the brick-print vinyl and leave the particleboard underneath. Then put the new tile on top (I like 12 x 12 industrial vinyl composition tile and marmoleum tile, but the marmoleum costs five times as much).
We'd do the same through the kitchen, office and back hall, so everything would look continuous (remember the discussion about what to do with the back hall floor?).
But then I saw on the oft-mentioned Sanborn maps that the office and enclosed back hall were already in place by 1925, so I pulled up the floor vent to see a hint of what's under the office vinyl. Looky-loo, we've got pine under there, too. Hmmm.
So now I'm having a quandary. Are you surprised? I feel like I'm always wringing my hands about one house decision or other. Please help me!
Pros of industrial vinyl composition tiles:
Pros of painted pine:
As you can see, there are good points for both options. Every time I see a photo of a vinyl/lino checkerboard floor or see one on TV, I think how great it looks. But then I saw a photo in the March Old House Journal from a 1930 ad for congoleum ... it showed a pine floor covered with a congoleum rug, and it looked so like what our kitchen must have then.
So what do you think? I know a lot of old house people are anti-vinyl of any kind. I think I want permission to go with the vinyl. Or maybe I won't be able to make a decision and feel comfortable with it until we rip out at least one sheet of particleboard and evaluate the condition of the pine floor and how much work it will require to look good.