Our next step is to remove the wood floors from our family room so we can repurpose them elsewhere in our home. You know from our last post that we removed the stone from our family room fireplace. Hmm, before that we removed stain from the walls. It seems like all we’re about is removing. Are ya’ll as ready as we are to see some adding instead of removing LOL?! It’s coming!
I’ll get to the “why” on removing the wood floors in my next post, but for now just know that we had to pull it up.
Protecting the wood floor for later use
The flooring is beautiful 8″ pine. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the wood came out of an industrial building in downtown Atlanta. We weren’t sure how we would repurpose the wood, but we knew we would. A few planks will need to be trimmed because of damage, but most of the wood came up with no harm.
Just a girl and her pry bar
This was not snap in flooring. There were 2-1/2″ nails every couple feet – on both sides of the planks. The wood flooring was nailed solidly into the sub-floor. To get the right angle so I had enough strength to loosen them, I used a long, narrow wrecking bar. In the picture below I’m using a small one, but I switched to a longer one like this to give me more leverage.
I took this picture the next morning at breakfast. As I’ve mentioned, we do our renovation work on weekends and in the evenings. Sometimes it feels like there’s never a day to just chill. I snapped this pic because I could just see TJ’s brain spinning . . . Oh Lord, here we go again – and why do we keep doing this? =)
Here is a quick sketch of how we envision the new fireplace. We know we’re doing a stone fireplace, but we haven’t picked the stone out. I’ll share a pic as soon as we do.
We’re all cleaned up and ready to prep the fireplace for its new front. Can’t wait!