Progress continues in the mudroom. When we purchased the house almost 17 years ago, the floors were painted a grey porch paint. As mentioned in my previous post, we suspect this mudroom had been an exterior or partially-enclosed porch originally. Over the years, the paint has been coming off the floors here and there. Sometimes when I'd vacuum this room with the power nozzle, large chips of paint would get sucked off the floor, adding to the lovely appearance.
Below is a "before" photo of the mudroom floor. That's right, this is before the scraping! We joke that this is My Little Bungalow's "dirty little secret." I'm embarrassed to show you, but this is a renovation post after all. Gotta show the ugly as well as the pretty. Over the years, some friends and neighbors have said they thought the floors had "character." I think they were just being nice.
My husband used a scraper and a lot of elbow grease to remove the paint from the majority of the floor. Along the far wall (behind my husband in the photo below) the paint was more adhered, so he used Jasco Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover, which helped, but it still required a lot of muscle! This paint stripper product has very little odor, but it is a toxic chemical nonetheless. Fortunately he only had to use it on a small area for a short period of time. With a fan running and the door open, there was plenty of ventilation. I kept offering to help, but hubby declined my "assistance."
asked him to smile for this photo, but this was the best he could do.
He said it wasn't really a "smiling moment." Poor guy. Such hard work! Thank goodness it's a small space.
After scraping, he did some light sanding to get the rough spots out. I'm happy with the condition of the wood underneath the paint. It's cool to see it in its natural color. Without thinking, I blurted out that maybe we should stain the floors instead of painting them. That idea didn't go over too well. The condition isn't that good, plus we have the primer and paint already purchased. Nothing was said, I just got one of those looks (smile).
Stay tuned for more updates, including the final color of the floor, which may be different from what we first chose.