Bringing in the muscle: Removing 5 layers of kitchen flooring

When it comes to projects that require (or would at least be faster) some extra muscle, I call in the destroyer: My Dad.

Beginning to demo the kitchen floor definitely qualifies as one of those projects where some extra muscle comes in handy. Thankfully Dad was free and willing to help! He is totally in the lead for Dad of the Year 2012.

The guys attacked the floor with a circular saw, sledge hammers, large crow bars, and some muscle power. The goal was to remove the top half of the flooring in the laundry room: One layer of vinyl, one layer of particle board subfloor, another layer of vinyl, and a layer of hardwood. Crazy, right?!?! All of the floors measure to about 3 inches of flooring. Insane.

We didn’t leave ALL of the hard work to Dad. Ryan got his fair share of fun, too.

My Dad wasn’t the only one to join the fun on Saturday. My Grandpa and cousin Tyler gave a hand as well. Tyler now has a new hatred for wallpaper.

Just kidding. Well, he may have a new hatred for it. I am not really sure. In all seriousness, he was a champ. He didn’t complain AT ALL! How many adults teenagers scrape wallpaper without complaining? Um. Like none. Major props for Tyler!

Grandpa pitched in with the kitchen floor demo and clean up.

I am not sure if Grandma knows Papa can use a broom. He has been hiding that skill for years. SECRET IS OUT PAPA! I have a picture to prove that you can pitch in with house hold cleaning 🙂

I spent my Saturday with this guy: Hello Shop Vac. I am glad we are friends.

I started vacuuming downstairs trying to remove the 100+ years of dirt and coal dust under the stairs and between the removed walls. It may not sound fun, but it was pretty rewarding watching all of the dust and dirt disappear. It gave me hope, hope that one day, in the not so distant future, this house will be clean.

After some quality time with the shop vac, Tyler and I had a nail pulling party. We went around the living room pulling nails from all of the studs that will be remaining, either as interior walls or exterior walls.

I threw in a little wallpaper scraping and vinyl scraping just for kicks, ya know, round out the day. By the end of the day, the “muscle” (Dad and Ryan) had removed the top layers of flooring in the laundry room, just like we hoped. Yay! Tori looked like this at the end of the day.

Tired puppies + tired Saffells = done for the day.

Fingers crossed we can stay on schedule the next few weeks before we bring in contractors and things REALLY get moving! Still no updates on the construction loan. It shouldn’t be too much longer though.

What have you been up to this weekend? Any floor demo? Clean up? Do you share a love for a shop vac? Thanks for stopping by!


3 thoughts on “Bringing in the muscle: Removing 5 layers of kitchen flooring

  1. About three weeks ago we did a similar project; I think I went half-deaf from listening to the clang of the hammer on the bar we used to pry up the flooring. SO MANY NAILS. Are you refinishing your floors or installing new flooring?

    • Haha! Yea, it was a little loud! We are installing new floors. Since it is such an old house, a lot of the subfloor is in really bad shape and needs to be taken the bare bones and replaced. We don’t want our beautiful new kitchen to fall through the floor 🙂 We are refinishing floors in most of the house though!

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