The top was originally wood but as the Vic­tor­ian concern with sanitation and hygiene grew, the top would have been covered in some sanitary material, such as zinc or oilcloth. Do you notice the size of the space? Real Homes is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Because cork was a fundamental ingredient of linoleum flooring, Armstrong's venture into manufacturing linoleum starting in 1909 was a natural offshoot of its main business. Toward the turn of the century, straight grain Douglas fir became the wood of choice, first in kitchens but then working its way into other rooms. Before the invention of the electric floor sander, floors were planed by hand using large floor planes and scrapers. If there was not enough space, it was pushed against one wall. Similarly, a retro dishwasher panel looks like … Well, we're not really sure what it looks like but it does not look like it should be there. Wood flooring was not a favored material until very late in the Vic­tor­ian period. Other appliances like dishwasher panels and microwaves are less successful. There are such things but they're not made by GE, LG or Amana; or, in fact, any other appliance maker you have ever heard of. Another advantage is that since the 1970s modern appliances have been made to standard measurements which fit modern standard cabinetry. Today the tendency is to call any walk-through pantry a "butler's" pantry but this term is not strictly correct unless it includes a counter-height set-up and serving area, and possibly a small sink. Traditionally, kitchens with Cathedral arch doors and barley twist pilasters (influenced by the Gothic revival period) came under Victorian classification, but they have been toned down somewhat in recent years, while wicker baskets and open wine racks remain strong. Wood floors became more common once durable enamel paints were available. showFaucetLink( "samuel heath", "", "," ); The one semi-modern cabinet that does look completely at home is a Hoosier-style step-back cabinet combining base and wall cabinet in one integrated (or apparently integrated) unit. We want it to look Vic­tor­ian. It results from a darkening of the finish over time and embedded dirt — although wood stain is often used today to replicate the look.