Don’t worry folks! I have a qualifying exam I am supposed to be writing, so that means a new post on the blog! In case you don’t remember, I want to “redo” the kitchen a bit to fit a dishwasher and make it more functional. When I was finishing up the basement I had to pull up some of the kitchen flooring so I could paint the stairwell ledge, and that just kind of got the ball rolling in the kitchen.
I decided I wanted to know what was under the linoleum floor pictured above. I kind of liked the flooring, but it was a pain to clean and I suspected that there was wood underneath. PLUS, the floor doesn’t go with the sink! So I started pulling up the 70s linoleum.
And what did I find below? But sub flooring and… more linoleum! This stuff a little bit older and cooler, but still not wood floor! You can see all the holes from the staples from the sub flooring. You can also see a cool red border.
Here is a better pic of the border. It also had a black border along the wall. Quite the fancy flooring! Looks much like a bowling ball. I lived with that flooring for a few weeks until I had time to pull it up and see what what below. And below was a mess.
When I pulled up the flooring the backing stuck to the wood. That certainly wasn’t going to scrape off without damaging the wood, and I didn’t know if it held anything harmful inside it that might make me sick (you know what I am talking about), so I used my clever little brain to think of a solution, and pulled out the wallpaper steamer!
Dudes, this worked really well! I just steamed that stuff right off. Okay, maybe it took me two days, but it did come off without much of a headache; it was just time consuming. I used a wallpaper steamer, a bucket of warm water with Dawn dish soap, and a scraper.
For the most part, the wood is beautiful! There is a little staining under the fridge, but it doesn’t seem to be too much into the wood, just some surface water. I think it will sand out pretty well. And if it doesn’t, who cares, it is under the fridge!
After the whole thing was steamed, scraped, and mopped, it looks SOOOOOO good! I am really excited and motivated to get the kitchen remodel under way now! Next is to have the lower cabinets torn out so we can refinish the floor. I have contacted a couple people about building custom cabinets that can properly support the sink, so when that is figured out we will start the lower cabinet demo. Until then, stay tuned for other projects!