The DIY Project Parade

We’re not working on anything glamorous (yet) this week but the results should be glamorous. This is our gross kitchen floor now:
It’s very old white vinyl that never looks clean, no matter how much it is scrubbed. The surrounding floors in other rooms are original soft wood (pine) that we sanded/refinished when we moved in and removed the dirty old carpet (shown below), but it’s in poor condition with bad patch jobs from the past and the newer addition to the house is just regular a sub-floor (remember our painted floor in the newer addition bathroom?). It was a “clean” temporary fix.

Our plan is to start with the kitchen and a small adjoining room (with 5 doors/entryways) which will become a pantry area – eventually continuing the same flooring throughout the rest of the first floor.  We know the look we want but we’re still narrowing down our options to make a final decision on the product (bamboo or hardwood) that we’ll go with. 

In the meantime, this is what we’re doing…

  1. Remove old vinyl.
  2. Pry up top plywood.
  3. Remove bottom plywood.
(Underneath is original hardwood.) Here is what original hardwood looks like after it’s been covered for probably 1/2 a century:

The kitchen has 2 layers of plywood making it at least a half inch higher than the rest of the house.  Removing is tedious and time consuming. Applying another layer of hardwood on top isn’t an option.  Blah!  But we have a vision and it’ll be worth the hard work in the end. Thankfully the new flooring can be installed directly on top of old in the rest of the house!

More details/tutorial to follow. 


Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!

The DIY Show Off

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