There’s nothing like a delivery of boxes upon boxes of fresh, beautiful wood flooring to kick you into high gear for removing all the rest of the ugly old flooring in your house.
Yep, 59 boxes of flooring ready to be installed. So while I was busy finishing up our planked ceiling in the kitchen, M was all over tearing out more of our floors. We had two main areas left on our ugly-floor list: 1) the tile in front of our french doors; and 2) the shiny faux wood floors atop particle board in our breakfast nook.
While we’ve removed hundreds of square feet of carpet, linoleum, and lots of other floors in this house, for some reason these last two areas were the worst. First up, the tile. The tile was laid on top of concrete backerboard, which had been glued down and screwed into the plywood underneath. We tried a bunch of different removal methods (using the royal “we” here) and the winner was renting a jackhammer to get off the tile before unscrewing the backerboard. Over 350 screws later, the backerboard was ready to come out.
Luckily, the glue they used to adhere the backerboard was all dried out and had minimal sticking power, so a little jackhammering got the rest of that job done. Note to all DIYers, don’t use glue to stick backerboard to plywood – use thinset. Although thanks to this shoddy workmanship, removal was easier. Now we’re left with plywood covered in some remaining glue, which we are in the process of patching to prep for new floor installation.
As for the breakfast nook area, this thing was a beast. Particleboard is thy enemy! Am I even using the word “thy” right? Questionable. First we had to tear off the sticky, shiny, gross wood-floor-lookalike product, to expose the particleboard. Again, a million screws awaited us. Efforts to remove the screws or to pry up the particleboard just resulted in a sawdust mess. This stuff disintegrated without coming out – it was the weirdest thing. So we ended up using a circular saw and a crowbar, along with a dremel for the edges. Oh wait, and then a chisel to get up some random sections of particleboard that had fused with the floor underneath.
Now we’re down to bare plywood (again with a few spots to fix). While plywood may not be exciting for most people, just getting rid of the last of the old ugly floors in our house is a dream. A dream I tell you.
Let’s get real. That old stuff was gross. And ugly. And shiny. And now we are one step closer to our new floors. Most importantly, all this was accomplished by my jackhammer-wielding husband – my main job was to stare and glare at the floors while he worked on removing them.
We are hoping to finish up patching and prepping so we can start on the new floor installation next. I mean, come on, we’ve got cabinets to install!