The '66: Floors & Cabinets & Paint, Oh My
I've mostly been focusing my work on the '66 as it's in really good shape, I'm only one person and I can't do some construction things on my own just yet. What I *can* do is paint, scrape, measure, pick out colors & decor, scrape, spray, scrape, paint and scrape. Did I mention scrape? Did I mention paint? I started with painting the cabinetry in the "kitchen." Harvest Gold went out of style about 5 years after this thing was built, but someone decided the cabinets needed that color again anyway.
The armoire cabinet is original wood as are the tiny cabinets above the kitchen. Luckily, no one touched those with a paint brush. If I had the time and I was in restoration mode instead of photo booth mode, I'd love to restore the cabinets. Alas, paint covers a multitude of sins, especially Harvest Gold.
Tackling the floors in this one was a necessity. The "wood" sticky tiles were peeling up in the main walking area (yes, I tripped on one of them like 40 times. Graceful, I tell ya.) I busted out my heat gun (read: hair dryer) and a cool little $6 tool (it opens paint cans too!) and got to peeling (unpeeling?)
They peeled up fairly quickly - a small space is lovely - but that sticky residue is a killer. A KILLER. I tried Goo Gone, my tried and true wine label remover and all around great product. Nope. I tried Murphy's Oil Soap. Not a chance. Next, WD-40. Stinky stinky and didn't do anything. Gradually getting stronger in my solvents, I picked up a bottle of Krud Kutter, made by Rustoleum. With very, very low expectations, I tested it on a corner. After 30 minutes of sitting, the goo scraped right up with a plastic paint scraper from Home Depot.
Scraped right up. The first layer. Removing peel & stick tiles adhesive is a huge, huge pain, and I liken it to Dante's 9 Circles of Hell + Groundhog Day mixed together. You think you're done and you're not. Everything dries and your shoes stick to the floor and your foot keeps on walkin'. Your legs are covered in very attractive black sticky residue, which you can't help but get on you because it's the floor and you have to sit on it to scrape. I wish I had a better hack for this project but I believe I finally understand elbow grease. Or leg goo.
One more try tomorrow and I should be done. It has taken me about 4 once-overs with Krud Kutter, scraping, wiping and then washing down with a sponge and soapy water. Cross your fingers this is it!
NOTE: In the full reveal, I'll be adding a slideshow and lots of color photos, but until then, black & white keeps the mystery alive!