Starting a task that we had hoped would be done well before Christmas Eve party planning started was the mudroom. Part of the issue is that it has served as a dumping ground for tools, hats, coats, mail and whatever else we were carrying when we got in the house. There were already hooks on the wall and a cabinet that matched the kitchen cabinets, but it wasn’t what Julie wanted. Also, the vinyl flooring wasn’t a good match. Here’s what we started with:
See how my Carhartt coat is hanging by a nail in the wall? Yeah, not classy. So, I cleaned up all the crap and moved the cabinets to the garage. Took a demo pry bar to the baseboard on one side and was left with this:
After prying up a corner, I realized that this stuff was there to stay. The vinyl wasn’t coming off without a fight. So, out came the trusty wallpaper steamer that doesn’t work at all on wallpaper. It does, however, work for taking off old paper backing from vinyl floors (which we have a lot of.)
Notice how think this stuff was? What a pain.
After tearing it all off, (at 8 - 10 hours total) I started on the new VCT. Of course it isn’t a direct match to the older stuff that I had, even though it was the same brand/model. Oh well.
I also decided to take down the boards supporting the coat hooks. Whoops. Looks like the liquid nails really liked the face of the drywall, as they came together in a package deal.
Either way, floor was done and now I’m ready to move on to the next step. Building a bench!