It took me all of yesterday, but I finally got all of the old wood flooring removed from the kitchen, and I got all of the old, rusty nails removed from about 2/3 of it. At one point, my kitchen looked like a death trap, with old boards scattered everywhere, and old, rusty nails just waiting to attack. (I started on the far side of the room and worked towards the door where I’m standing in this picture, and then started working my way back the other way removing nails from the boards.)
The good news is that my subfloors aren’t nearly as bad and I thought they would be. I had expected really wide gaps all over the floor, but it turns out that most of the boards only have very small gaps between. There are a few wide gaps, like the one at the bottom center of the picture above, but I just put those out of my mind and get on with the work that needs to be done.
I had planned on beginning the installation of the new wood floor tomorrow, but it looks like that will have to be postponed by one day. After calling all of the equipment rental places in town, I learned that not one single place rents out the nail guns that you use to install hardwood flooring, so I ended up having to buy one. I ended up buying the cheapest one I could find on Amazon.*
It has consistently good ratings on Amazon, so I felt okay with going with the cheapest one. Plus, my money for this remodel is dwindling fast, and I have very little wiggle room for unexpected surprise expenses at this point, so I really had no choice but to buy the cheapest one. I had expected to have to spent between $60 and $80 to rent a nailer for two days, so the extra $50 wasn’t too much of a blow to the budget.
I’ll let y’all know how it works out. I ordered it yesterday, and I’m an Amazon Prime member, so it should get here by tomorrow at the latest. But many of our purchases get here in one day, so maybe I’ll be surprised and have nail gun on my front porch today! That would be nice!
Now as far as the kitchen floor, I’ve decided to keep with my original plan. I’m going to install the boards straight (no fancy pattern with installation), and I’m going to paint stripes. Yes, I’m painting my brand new wood floor. 🙂
A few people have asked, “What’s the point of putting down new flooring if you’re just going to paint it?” Well, the point is that now I’ll have new, solid flooring, rather than 65-year-old wood boards that have random holes from old plumbing that need to be patched, warped areas, stains that can’t be removed no matter how much I sand them, boards that need to be repaired/replaced with new wood, and wide gaps between the boards.
I’ve had my heart set on the painted stripes, and I finally decided that I’m not going to let the fact that it’s new wood get in the way of my vision for this room, especially when paint can be easily sanded off and refinished if I ever get tired of it. So far, this is my favorite design for a painted striped floor.
Painted striped hardwood floor, from House Beautiful
Now as far as the old flooring goes, I mentioned before that I’m keeping it, and that I would find a use for it. I wouldn’t dream of throwing out that much tongue and groove wood when so much of it is salvageable!
So what am I going to use it for? My hallway ceiling! And that’s where I’ll get creative with the pattern when I install it. Right now, I’m leaning towards a straightforward herringbone pattern, like this one from Domestic Charm.
Of course, mine probably won’t look that perfect since I’m using old, very imperfect wood. (Can I officially call it “reclaimed” wood if it came out of my own house? I’m a little fuzzy on the rules of the usage of that term.) 🙂
You know, I was thinking about this yesterday. For all of my talk about herringbone and how much I love it, still the only things I have in my house so far with a herringbone pattern are my watercolor “tile” lamps that sit in my entryway.
I love the pattern so much that I’m so afraid I’m going to go overboard with, so I’m have a hard time committing to anything major (flooring, backsplash, etc.) with the pattern on it. But then again, I’ve only just begun on this house. By the time I’m finished, we may all be referring to this house as The Herringbone House. 🙂
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