Monday, March 26, 2012

Curiosity leads to another project....

Living in an old house, we're used to things like cracks, peeling paint, stains that you can't know, normal things.

Most people just accept those things as character and leave it be. Me? Not so much.

I'm one of those people if I see peeling paint...I pick at it. Pickpickpickpickpick until the next thing I know I've picked/peeled half of the paint off of a door. It's like an obsession. Neil always gets suspicious if I text him in the middle of the day looking for a razor blade, a pry bar, or the heat gun. He usually knows he's going to come back to a mess made by his OCD wife.

Anyway, the curiosity got to the best of us in the kitchen. Tired of the ugly pink and white vinyl floor, we did what most home owners would do. Pull out a saw and cut down to see what the hell is underneath. Because surely it can't be worse right?



That putrid green (with an accompanying putrid smell) is linoleum. Much like what we experienced in our bathroom floor re-do. Neil and I were just THRILLED TO PIECES to learn that we had 200 sq. ft of that ugly stuff that needed to come up. But the bigger question remained, what was underneath? We got a little bit of the linoleum up and PRAISE JESUS - hardwoods are underneath. Tragically, just like the bathroom, the linoleum has been applied directly to the hardwoods.


So take a guess about what we're going to be posting about?

All because curiosity got the best of us.

Anyone else have this problem?


Shasha Kidd said...

Looks like a fun project--NOT! I'll enjoy watching your progress.

A. and S. said...

Careful there! We have a similar amount of old layers in our 1928 bungalow, but were warned not to remove them since some vintage flooring can contain asbestos. You may want to talk to a professional or purchase an asbestos-testing kit before you proceed.

(By the way, I'm the same as you. We ended up destroying one of the walls in our bathroom because I was so curious to see what was behind it.)

Sarah said...

Neil is certified for Lead Based Paint Removal and we have a general idea of what to do and what not to do (and most of the time we end up on the path of what not to do...hahaha). We don't test anything because the results then become a material fact that we'd have to disclose when selling our house (if it came up positive, we'd have to have it professionally abated before anyone would come near this house to buy it). So, we just assume the worst and hope for the best but don't ever confirm our suspicions.

Thanks for the heads up!