Tearing Out The Hardwood


Finally the day has come when the work starts on the kitchen!

The kitchen has been basically a closed off wasted space since we moved in. It became our junk storage room were all the miscellaneous boxes, tools, and whatever else found its way in there. We only have about 900 sqft of space so every room counts!

I really really wish we could have kept the wood floors in the kitchen, at least for now. Unfortunately they were too far gone from water damage and general lack of upkeep. They were also full of nails and staples from all the layers of flooring that was put on top of it. Getting all those nails out so that the floors could be redone would be a never-ending job. A crying shame! The almost 100-year-old hardwood could have been a beautiful floor.

We plan to do tile floors in the kitchen when we put the permanent kitchen in. That won’t happen for quite a while I’m guessing because we want to knock a load bearing wall out to enlarge the kitchen. So first we have to put a new beam in. Sounds pricey!! For the time being we’ll just put some cement board down and cover it with rugs until we can proceed.

Kitchen Floor Before


This is what the kitchen looked like earlier today before I got to work. We’ve had it blocked off so the pets couldn’t get in and hurt their feet on the nails and such. It’s been bugging them for weeks wondering what secret new world is in there!



I think the little nook in the photo below is where the refrigerator must have been, and probably leaked for years. You can kind of see how far the tongue and groove has separated. You can actually see into the basement in some sections. This whole nook and where the sink was located was basically one big rotten area. I was worried about falling through once the hardwood was pulled up, but that didn’t happen thankfully. The sub-floor seems to be still in good condition.

Kitchen Nook


The kitty approves!

The floor came up pretty easy and the area isn’t that big, maybe 10′ x 12′, so it only took a couple of hours. The vacuuming, sweeping, and cleaning took the most time. It’s really nice to finally be getting some work done in here. It looks so much better in here now that the old wood is gone. Too bad this is just the beginning of the work. I’m going to be repeating the routine of make a mess, clean up, make a mess over and over again.


Next on the list is laying down durock in preparation for tile, and taking out the corner wall that is the closet for the bedroom behind the kitchen. That’s going to be a dirty messy job. The wall between the kitchen and the room on the other side is coming down eventually as well but not until we can find a place for our things that are in there. The bedroom will then become the dining room.

Things are getting exciting now!

Plaster and lathe, fun!

9 comments for “Tearing Out The Hardwood

  1. Once Smith
    30 July, 2012 at 12:03 am

    digging your blog man. like the picks

    • Joe
      30 July, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Thanks, we’re having fun!

  2. Lori Baker
    30 July, 2012 at 3:13 am

    I’m so impressed with the progress you have made so far. Can’t wait to see the place some day.

    • Joe
      30 July, 2012 at 9:07 am

      If you can swing a hammer or push a broom…you can see it now. Hahaha!

  3. Ellen
    30 July, 2012 at 5:25 am

    The total transformation is so dramatic. When all is said and done and you go back and look at the before and after photos, you’ll probably pass out! A ton o’ work.

    • Joe
      30 July, 2012 at 9:08 am

      I can’t wait till that day when we can look at all the before photos and see just how far we came. Of course then I’ll probably get dizzy and pass out at the thought of ever doing it again. :)

  4. Ricky T
    30 July, 2012 at 8:20 am

    You guys are making such awesome progress! It’s looking great!!

    • Joe
      30 July, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Thanks! Only a million more projects to go!

  5. Nancy
    1 August, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Love seeing the renovations. Found you on LE and have been following your progress ever since. :)

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