Kitchen Redo: Peeling back the layers

Husband found this random Sears brochure between the floorboards and saved it for me. He knows I get oddly excited about finding things like old timey handwriting on scraps of wallpaper and mouse munched faucet instructions.
Then amazing, handy Husband peeled/chiseled off 2 layers of lino to get to the asbestos style lino that was put in when the house was built in the 1920's.
It's actually looks kind of cool and we half debated trying to reproduce it. Then we got down to the maple floorboards. They are awesome! Though there is one tiny glitch. Or should I say about 2,000 tiny glitches in the form of staples. We spent about 3 hours ever so gently picking out the staples and are only about 1/3 of the way done. We've got calls in to 4 floor refinishers and none have called back so far. This scares me as I fear it means they've got lots of business and the quotes will be high.

Next up...paint colors, back splash and counter top. Also to be known as the time we entered marriage counseling arguing whether or not Martha Stewart's Mineral Green paint was too country. (It's not.)

20 comments:

Mamma said...

You are my kind of girl. I love that stuff. And maple floors?! Boo Yah!!

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

LOVE the brochure. You should have that puppy framed.

And P.S. Next time I am in Chi-town, I'll definitely snap pics of your kids! ;)

jakelliesmom said...

I love that someone just floored right on over the Sears catalogue. I'd frame that thing and give it a place of honor in the new kitchen.

Please keep posting the remodel in progress. I'm living vicariously through your new kitchen.

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

That is too cool.

Good lcuk with the floor refinishers...asses.

mommiebear2 said...

I love the floor you found hidden underneath - nice. Makes me wonder what may be hiding under ours.

Kelly said...

I always have trouble with contractors! How do they stay in business?

Anyway, the floors you found...too cool.

Anonymous said...

One way to save money on wood floor refinishing is to have a pro company do the sanding (the messy, hard part) and do the staining and sealing yourselves (easier part).

Just a tip in case those quotes come in too high.

M'Lynn said...

OMG...the staples. I did that!

In the foyer, the hall, the kitchen, the morning room, the breakfast nook and the family room...

We had the builder just put in cheap ass lineoleum when they built the house cause we knew we'd want to do our own hardwood later.

A pair of long, needle nosed pilers that are curved on the end. The longer the overall tool is, the better. Levers rule. Wear gloves. Blisters suck.

I was four months pregnant and not working so I did it all, sitting there, popping those damn things outta the floor, but I get mad credit for my effort. Good luck!

Lotta said...

We didn't save the catalog but we found an old Kleenex coupon (I'll take a picture if I can find it) when we first moved in and have kept that.

We have a wood floor guy coming over Thursday...I don't want to do it ourselves cause I'm convinced we'll get cancer from the fumes!

I will of course keep you all posted!

Brillig said...

Wow! What a project! Good luck with that--and the rest of the staples!

Anonymous said...

that linoleum is really cool looking, but i understand your wanting to go down to the floor boards, esp. if they are maple. i don't know, maybe you could paint the edges of the floors like the linoleum, and refinish the floors to match the brown in the linoleum? that would look pretty awesome. stencil painting looks cool on wood floors too.
btw, what place are you in at "help me blog for a year"? i am still voting for you every day. well, almost every day. just about every day i vote for you.

Lotta said...

Staples are out! But I'm hacking up a lung now that husband is cutting into the drywall to do the plumbing.

ANON - I'm in 3rd place. Kinda been stuck there for awhile. I've been thinking about what I could do to push for a few more votes to move up. Thanks so much for your votes though!

Worker Mommy said...

Nothing like a remodel to send you straight to marriage counseling.

I thought our bathroom remodel was going to be the end of us.

I knew it was headed downhill when we fought, for several minutes mind you, in the middle of the aisle at Home Depot about what type of knobs to buy for the new vanity.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh how COOL! Stuff like that is such a cool link to the past, makes it so real. You can just imagine past homeowners doing just like you guys.

I'm jealous you can strip flooring and find great subflooring. I've got...cement.

Sounds like your remodel is going well by which I mean progressing. We are stuck for now.

GL with the deciding.

This is why a year later we still have boxes packed in our still undone bedroom...

Mary Fran said...

Try Jepson Flooring.Jim Jepson is the owner. They are fabulous. We had terrible hardwood floors when we moved in and after Jim working his magic 5 years later they still look brand new!!!!!

Jepson Flooring
630-530-2100

Lotta said...

Thanks for the comments - you all are keeping me sane by reminding me how much I coveted getting a new kitchen. Hard to remember when you're hacking up drywall dust!

Maryfran - thanks, I will call!

Jenny said...

I love the asbesto floor. Seriously.

If I lived there I would help you pull staples.

julie said...

no..no..no..."mineral green" is not too country...you'll love it. In our first old house, my husband and I made all of the decisions together...big crazy mistake. In our second old house I told him ALL decorating decisions would be made by me and only me...much better. ...and thanks for the link to the oplusd cards...

Rapunzel said...

Oh, man, I don't envy you this process but it'll be awesome when you're done! Looking forward to seeing the progress. :)

michelle said...

I'd love to see more of your kitchen remodel! I'm not implying your husband needs this, but mine sure does!! http://youtube.com/watch?v=PdYfOZe2tnc