The kitchen in our home is in need of renovation. It’s look is dated, and nearly everything about it needs an upgrade. We’re keeping the cabinets because they’re made of wood, and it’s cheaper to re-finish them than it is to replace them. We’ve opted to paint them. This post will show 2 aspects of our kitchen renovation:
- The pulling up of the old flooring, and
- Some of the sanded cabinets in bare wood condition prepped for painting.
About the Flooring
Originally we wanted to tile the floor with glazed porcelain tile, but we had to scrap that idea because we found out that the backing of the vinyl tile on the subfloor has asbestos. We’ve now opted to tile with Marmoleum tile, which is natural linoleum. Right now the flooring that lies on top of the original 1960s vinyl is cheap sheet vinyl over particle board. It’s set into the subfloor with nails.
Here’s the pics of the floor removal:
We chose to “blue glue” (MBP) some of the old subfloor. Then we decided against it because we decided that we would use an underlayment with the new flooring. It’s a much less smelly solution to the challenge of burying the old asbestos floor.
About the Cabinets
We began our sanding prep for painting with the cabinets that will be above the refrigerator. I have a feeling that they’ve never been refinished yet. They still have the same original 1960s paint. Wow! I know this because there only seems to be one layer of paint, and for that I’m grateful because it’s oil paint, which is some sturdy stuff. For this job we used 3 different kinds of hand sanders:
- A small sheet sander by Porter Cable
- An orbital sander by Black and Decker
- A specialty detail sander by Skil
That wraps up this first installment of our kitchen renovation project. If you’ve read this far, thanks for reading and stay tuned for Part 2 🙂