Tearing out My Heart

Demo is supposed to be the easy part, right? So why, why renovation God’s have you forsaken me? Sometimes, home renovations move a bit slower than you’d like. Case and point – our floor demo process. So, if you can’t tell from the previous posts, Jay has been the main guy stationed in the kitchen area these days and he’s most definitely on demo duty. Rip it, rip it good. I’ve been continuing my cathartic wallpaper removing ritual and Jay bird’s been tackling this beast of a kitchen.

See this linoleum floor. Turns out I just wasn’t able to fit this beautiful pattern into my design for the space, so heave ho, out it goes.

How to Remove Linoleum Floor

And although removing linoleum floor in itself doesn’t sound so beastly, it turns out when there’s 3/4 inch of additional flooring hanging out underneath it, it’s a bit of a task. Sad truth, somewhere down the line someone definitely put linoleum floors right on over wood ones and totally and completely ruined them. In the end we decided to rip everything out, down to the subfloor since nothing was really salvageable with all the nails and glue on it.

After considering lots of options, I’m super excited to say that we’ve decided to install wood floors in the kitchen, which after everything gets sanded down, should match up with the rest of the house. I think once it’s all finished it will make everything look a bit more intentional in the house, and aesthetically, I think it will help the kitchen and dining space flow into each other nicely, too.

How to Remove Old Subfloor

We also noticed a bit of leaking under our sink in the kitchen, which was leading to some wet flooring underneath that needed to be ripped out. Look, here’s the amazing job the previous plumber did under the sink. Saaayyyy what!! It’s like a roller coaster in there – and none of those million little ups and downs have a good seal on them. People, I’m telling ya!

Since we’ll be moving the sink location over to our new peninsula, a plumber will help to cap off this old (obviously not functioning location) and help install the new one. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about the prospect of some new plumbing 😀

Bad Plumbing Under Sink

So the combination of our desire to tie in all the floors in the house for a cohesive look, coupled with the fact that a lot of the flooring had seen better days, meant that replacing the flooring in the room was, in our minds, the best option.

We tried a variety of tactics, and found in the end that it worked best to remove the plastic linoleum sheeting first, since it was essentially binding everything into one piece, making everything that much more difficult to pop up.

How to Remove Old Linoleum

Once we were ready to start taking out the actual wood underneath the plastic (seriously, I find it kind of crazy that a floor can peel up like the photo above), we had to move on to the using the big guns. A mallet and a crowbar. Going old school here, people.

Tools to Remove Subfloor

To get at the subfloor, we just took the crow bar and tried to nudge it right underneath the flooring (as much as possible) and then tapped it a few times with our hammer. And slowly, but steadily, the flooring started to come up.

How to Remove Subfloor

Needless to say, this was quite an undertaking. The 3+ layers of flooring really had us feeling whipped after a full evening of working. When we were finally coming around the corner toward the double door off the eating area, we started to notice that the flooring underneath was not the same wood we’d seen throughout the rest of the demo. With older homes, you really never know what you’re going to get.

From the looks of it, it appears that some type of porch used to be over here, and they closed it in to make the larger eating area. There was all kinds of weirdness over here, including shingles that we’re used to shim the floor to bridge the gap between the two surfaces.

How To Replace Subfloor

After we had the majority of the floor removed, we moved on to taking out the kitchen cabinets. Luckily we found someone on craigslist who was willing to take these off of our hands. Since we just wanted to get rid of them, and they were quite old, we just listed them for free and they were out the door pretty quick.

We knew we wanted to try and sell the other items in the kitchen, including the large cast iron sink, so we were very careful to remove it without damaging it. We just scored the edge of the sink (where it meets up with the counter) until we were able to pry it right off.

Removing Cast Iron Sink

After we had all the base cabinets and flooring removed, the room was looking like this! Almost ready for some nice wood flooring! 🙂

Replacing Floors in Kitchen

Anyone else have exciting projects going on this weekend?