Linoleum Tile Must Go – Part III

Let’s be positive: The wonderful thing about removing linoleum tile is that two rooms are never the same.  Sort of like that proverbial box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.  With the triumph of the upstairs kitchen (see 08/25/2009 post) and dining room (see 08/26/2009 post) under my belt, I decided to attack the first-floor entrance hallway next.  I had all my tools at the ready, and my strength gathered…

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Here we have tiles made of cardboard stuck down with what looks like Elmer’s glue.  How anticlimactic.  They came up like butter using the Big Mutt tool that our friend Jay leant us.

Figuring that I must be getting pretty good at this, I set my sights on the remaining rooms that had tiles. Some came up very easily using the Big Mutt tool, while others were much more stubborn and required serious strength. Those glued down with asphalt based adhesive were painful to remove. When the Big Mutt tool failed, I had to go back to the Silent Paint Remover (see also 08/25/2009 post).

At the end, I had one tiny room left, the little entrance vestibule at the front door.   As I peeled up the first few tiles I realized that something wonderful was hidden underneath.

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It was very rewarding to finish this big task with the discovery of this little treasure.

5 thoughts on “Linoleum Tile Must Go – Part III

  1. Cathy, I can’t tell what the treasure is under the fake parkay – it looks like more linoleum, which I can’t imagine you would label a little treasure. What is it?

  2. P.S. I think the clock feature on your site is off. It’s August 28 at 3:30 p.m., and the post I just left says Aug. 29th at 2:30 a.m.

  3. Ginnie – The treasure is terrazzo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrazzo). We think this must have been there since the house was built. There was also terrazzo in the two bathrooms but it had to be destroyed as part of the reconstruction process. It’s so excellent to have a little piece of it that survives and speaks of the history of the building, especially in such a prominent place!

  4. Also, regarding the time, it’s set at GMT. We haven’t figured out how to change it yet!

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