Good Monday morning, home improvement heads!
Guess what we spent our weekend doing?
If you guessed "scraping the kitchen floor until your knuckles bleed" you're right!
So, when we last left you we had pulled up most of the yellow-ish, orange-ish linoleum (and the brown lineoleum underneath) and we were left with this:
Black crud everywhere and still plenty of staples. On Friday we pulled up all of the staples that were left and thanks to my dad's brilliant idea for floor scraping...
Here's what we have now:
What was this brilliant idea that Dave (and no one else) had, you ask?
A paint scraper.
Specifically this one that we had from when we scraped the paint off of the laundry room windows the summer before our wedding. It worked like a charm. So much so, that I ran across the street and bought another one from ACE Hardware so I could join in on the floor scraping fun.
But it didn't get everything up, you see. Those dark spots up there are the stubborn gunk that just would not move so on Saturday and late Sunday night we scraped up most of what was left using just a flat scraper (he's the onen with the red handle).
So there you have it. We still have just a couple of places to scrape off gunk but we should be done pretty quickly.
Another before/after shot of the corner near the sink.
You can see a couple of places near Conan's feet where I still need to scrape.
All in all though, I'm going to say it's not that bad. I'm not even sure anymore if we're going to paint it. I shouldn't say that. I still totally want to paint it I just am weary of the time that's going to be involved. Also? I kind of like the way the floor looks. I mean, yeah after a little sanding and staining, I think it will look pretty spiffy. Now I'm leaning toward painting just part of it and leaving some of the wood showing like this lovely floor from Lemon Tree Creations
I mean, that's a hot floor.
I think since we have black counters still, it would be wise to leave a little wood color on the floor instead of doing black and white.
Well, I've got to stop rambling and go finish scraping the floor.
When I come back I want some suggestions.
Do you like the semi-painted floor idea,
or should we just stain it and move on with our lives already?
After all, this wasn't supposed to be a full-blown kitchen remodel!