My partner has been doing demo on the kitchen in his spare time. While this saves on having to interview a bunch of workmen, which doesn't necessarily work out, it also takes a fair bit of time and has gradually made our kitchen non-existent.
Here are a couple progress shots from a week ago:
The top two layers of flooring are removed (black and white linoleum and plywood) revealing black and white vinyl tile. My partner kept shaking his head and asking, "who replaces a floor with the same floor?"
Here is what the kitchen looked like after the remaining layers of flooring were removed:
When I mean layers, I mean layers:
(1) the top layer of black and white linoleum and (2) plywood, underneath which was (3) another layer of black and white linoleum tile, (4) a layer of gray and yellow linoleum, (5) a layer of original black and brown linoleum glued with some tar-like adhesive to (6) a fir floor which we have opted to discard (our friend tried to salvage hers and said it was a disaster). I think the only other room in the house that contained this much of the house's decorative history is the master bedroom which has about 7 layers of wall paper and paint.
The original kitchen color was a green, with a black and brown linoleum tile floor.