Saturday, December 10, 2011

Restoration vs. Renovation

Having tackled nearly identical vinyl tile in my Hawaii rental, I knew this kitchen floor was going to be a challenge. Removing the decades old tiles is easy, it's the underlying adhesive (otherwise known as the 'black goo') that's the tricky part.


The black goo
Kitchens floors in old houses were commonly laid with a cheaper, soft wood, like fir, in anticipation that the floors would be covered with tile, or linoleum, depending on the age of the house. Filled with dread at the prospect of having to use a chemical remover to strip the black goo, I decided last weekend that if the underlying wood was fir, and not hardwood, then the kitchen would be tiled. 

Denise was devastated by this decision. She wants any wood preserved at any cost---even my lung tissue. Yesterday she won. Hello respirator.

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