After staring at this dreaded carpet and tile for 7 years, we are finally replacing it! Now that I just finished painting the kitchen cabinets we can start on taking the floors out. We chose to tear out the existing floors ourself and I’m glad we did. Had we paid someone to take them out the cost would have been tremendous. Removing carpet and tile is no big deal and something we have done many times before. It’s what was under the Kitchen tile that almost had us defeated.
Here is our flooring before: These are very old pictures, just look how little my sweet babies are. We had the same tile in the kitchen and entry alone with that lovely carpet and gold tac strips. Check out that wall color too.
When laying tile in your kitchen, don’t take shortcuts, tear out the existing flooring please. There were many layers that were put down over laminate to then lay tile down and it was all down before the cabinets were put in. Surprise to us, we had more work ahead of us than we knew. We are going to be laying hardwoods throughout the entire first level and that won’t work quite right if the Kitchen floor is several inches higher than the rest. We took the tile out easily and then shad to rent a small jack hammer to wedge under the flooring it get it up. This took hours an hours, I’m sure Mr Modish has backaches just thinking about it. It was a very laborious weekend that we could not have completed if it weren’t for family that volunteered to help and also watch the boys for us.
Don’t do this:
After all the existing flooring was up, we had to be sure that all staples and nails were either removed or hammered down so that the new flooring would lay evenly. I then went around and scraped all the baseboards where the old carpet was stuck and then repainted the trim. The hardwood floors will sit a little lower than the carpet and I didn’t want to have to paint once the new floors were down. We also chose to paint the corner round before it was cut down and installed so it would match the base boards. Just a little tip for those of you that have squeaky floors. Screwing in new screws in the floor joists can lessen and get rid of squeaks.
Demolition is done! This was quite a project but worth every bit!
Now to let the professionals put in the flooring. Had we only been doing one room I would have wanted to tackle it ourself but we did several rooms and I wanted it to be perfect. I just love my new floors! It’s like having a brand new house!!