My MIL (Mother in law) gave us a belated anniversary gift of four hundred dollars of gift cards to Lowes building supply store. For those who don't know Lowes it's a Home Depot competitor. The kitchen remodel has floors, counter-tops, and trim left to do. My first thought was the gift cards don't cover either flooring or counter-tops as originally planned. But after some thought I came to the conclusion this is a good amount to do a "temporary" completion. So here's the first step completed.
This is the least expensive flooring solution there is. It is 12"x12" peel and stick vinyl tile. The black marble runs $0.88 apiece and the beige stone is $0.78 . The whole project totaled about $125.
With our white appliances, brushed nickel switch-plates / cabinet pulls, and the somewhat retro-50's green wall color, the old fashioned checker board pattern goes quite well. I think it's much better than trying to do a solid pattern of 12" squares. The checker board gives an antique or period feel which goes with an old house's 1929 architecture.
( Cat not included in estimated price. )