Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Goodbye Old Kitchen

Last night we ripped out the remainder of our brown pebbled linoleum and the associated subfloor. Now we're just down to the lovely grey vinyl and a layer of felt. We tried sanding a bit of the hardwood; it's pretty but we'll have to wait until we rip out the black felt before making a final determination on flooring choices.

Have I told you how much I like the demolition process? So much more than the building phase which I find to be frustration and stressful. Give me a hammer and a crowbar any day!


  1. Good luck with the floor! A friend of mine had gooey black glue on the pine floors in her kitchen. She used hot rags, a scraper, and elbow grease to get it up. I recently read about a product, which I'm dying to get for my old house's projects, called the "silent paint remover": http://www.silentpaintremover.com.

  2. Pat says that the backing or mastic might have aspestice! Be careful!!!

  3. Ah, asbestos, how I hate thee.

    Good reminder, thanks Pat!

    I didn't test the mastic but I do have a few of the felt samples pending at the lab. I didn't post the ones of us sanding it down with our lovely masks on, well, because I'm terribly vain and don't really care for pictures of me in my dust mask. ;)

  4. Jenn, I wonder if you could rent something like that. The price tag is pretty steep for a non-contractor but I'd imagine our local rent-a-tool centers might have something similar. I'm worried about our floors, they've had a pretty rough life. We'll see how they look when that last sheet of vinyl comes off. Fortunately, they used nails to attach most everything, for the first layers, it must have been in the pre-mastic era.