We were hoping to also tear out the old vinyl in the kitchen and restore the oak floors that are underneath, but once my husband started lifting the floor underneath the stove, we realized that there are two layers of old asbestos linoleum tiles glued onto the wood. The asbestos in the tiles is bad enough, but apparently the glue they used to stick them down has asbestos in it too, so sanding it off is not an option. We're not sure what we're going to do instead, but we're thinking about pulling up the vinyl and laying ceramic tiles over top.
Why are renovations in an old house never straight forward??