Kitchen Floor Demo - A Photo Timeline

As part of our 203K loan we have to redo the kitchen floors in the downstairs kitchen.  When we bought the place, the kitchen had ugly white broken ceramic tiles.  Yuck.  We could've lived with them, but the inspector thought they'd be a hazard if the broken pieces got loose and potentially cut someone.  No bueno. So out they'd go.

you can't really tell in this pic, but half or more of these tiles are cracked

Dennis and I assumed with our small budget we'd have to replace the old ugly broken ceramic tiles with new ugly unbroken ceramic tiles.  Not a big deal, as our sensibilities aren't that sensitive, but a little bit of a bummer to think we had to choose something we both ultimately wouldn't really like.  You gotta do what you gotta do, right?

Well, lucky for us, we happened upon a flooring sale at Home Depot.  We were there to buy paint (imagine that!), and decided to take a stroll through the flooring department.  We looked at some ceramics and some industrial vinyl figuring that's what we could afford, when we rounded a corner and saw this.

Brazilian Cherry laminate wood flooring for only $0.87/sq ft, regularly $2.68/sq ft!  It was being discontinued, and the store had just enough for our kitchen plus a little extra in case we needed to patch the floor at a later date.  Sold, to the lowest bidder!!!  We loaded up the truck and patted ourselves on the backs for such a great find.

Then people started telling us to be careful about putting in laminate flooring in a kitchen where it could possible get wet.  My Aunt Margo told me, " won't burn, tear, it's like kryptonite, but water melts the dang stuff."  My friend Lisa said, "[I] have discovered that if a small amount of liquid sits in it for a while (on the joints), it swells up."  I relayed this info to Dennis and we both figured we'd chance it anyway.  After all, we'd already bought the stuff, and didn't need it anywhere else in the house.  We also figured we'd research ways to better protect the laminate from water, like waxing the floors or sealing them somehow.

But before we could start installing the new floors, those old ones had to come out.  But before those old floors could come out, the appliances and bottom cabinets had to come out.  Cue Dennis, his BFF Roger, and our friend/contractor Shane.  The fridge went into the butler's office, the washer and dryer went into the dining room, the water heater and stove went curbside, the dishwasher went under the stairs, and the bottom cabinets went into the master bedroom.  We also knew the stove wasn't going to be going back into the same spot, so the cabinet above the former stove location was removed.

Now, finally, for the fun stuff; demolition!!!  I took care of a few tiles, then handed the reigns over to Dennis. Roger must've had some inner aggression that needed to come out because he was hammering out tiles like they were his enemy!  Dennis got bit by a shard of ceramic tile, but other than that, there weren't any casualties (except for all those ugly tiles!!!).

For some strange reason, under all those ugly tiles was an unnecessary layer of cement board.  Obviously that had to come out, too.  Shane and Dennis took care of ripping out the cement board, and finally, we were down to the subfloor layer!

the floors are looking better already

I never thought subfloors could be so beautiful

By this time, I was so excited to have all those tiles dead and gone, I was raring to start laying down those laminate floors.  Of course, all I had done all day was hammer out a handful of tiles for the camera, then stand back and document the rest of the process.  I did do a lot of sweeping, too.  Let's not forget that!  But the guys had been working their butts off and wanted to save putting down the floors for another day.  I really don't blame them.  They put in a hard afternoon's demo, and after all, this isn't HGTV.


  1. Check into sealers, you may be able to seal the poopoo out of that laminate and give it a bit of moisture protection. Not sure if you can do it with that stuff, but its worth looking into.

    ur friend, Kevin

  2. I'm hoping we can seal the poopoo out of those floors! There's got to be something on the market for that, especially when so many people seem to have had moisture issues with the laminate.


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