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Topic: Counter top goes from meh tiles to WOW! wood!  (Read 1894 times)
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« on: July 31, 2010 09:02:07 PM »

So the lovely previous owners did some projects to spiff up my 90 year old house. Their idea of spiff up and my idea of spiff up are different. Their idea is to turn my 90year old house in to a Lowe's demo floor and to do a job that doesn't hold up. Case in point, the tiled counter in my kitchen.



It wasn't *so* bad, it just didn't fit with the age of the house. Then the tiles started popping off. I checked under them and found that it was painted wood and the thing set wasn't sticking to it. Awesome! It made my job easier!

I removed the tile job in about 5 min. I then used a heat gun to remove the paint job which took slightly longer and then I sanded the whole thing. After it was buttery smooth, I stained it in Kona colored stain which matches my floors I redid. I heart it!



It was super easy to do and it looks loads better now. Plus! It's so much easier to clean
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2010 10:54:22 PM »

WONDERFUL! A thousand times better!
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010 11:43:52 PM »

Lovely! I'm actually in a 40s-era house with fabulous cherry wood doors and trims...that have been caked over in layers of white paint Sad My landlord won't let me sand everything down and refurbish the original wood because "it will make the house too dark." Boo. Your countertop is great--goes with the aesthetic of the house and respects the age at the same time. nice job!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2010 08:03:46 AM »

thanks you guys. I was pleasantly surprised how nicely it turned out. You never know with this house if it's going to be something great or something awful!

Lovely! I'm actually in a 40s-era house with fabulous cherry wood doors and trims...that have been caked over in layers of white paint Sad
Ugh mine too! All the trim in my house is paint with multiple layers of paint and most of the windows were painted shut. I can at least open the windows now but I'm so not stripping the wood. I can see it stripped and pretty in my head, but the sheer amount of work it takes to do it is amazing. I just don't have it in me yet, maybe if I stay in the house longer.

We did strip and refinish some of the floors though. They're dark wood that matches the newly done countertop. They look LOADS better and feel so much nnicer now.
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2010 02:25:15 PM »

Very nice!  I love old wood . . . and old houses.  It's amazing what some people do to lovely old homes!
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2010 07:00:43 PM »

Very nice!  I love old wood . . . and old houses.  It's amazing what some people do to lovely old homes!
omg is it ever. These are the same people who put clearance lowe's peel and stick tile over vintage hexagon tile floors. And no, there was nothing visually wrong with the tiles. The floor slopes because the house is 90 years old but that's expected. So the POs decided to put (omg) self leveling compound on the slope and then put the cheapest peel and stick in the ugliest pattern (seriously looked like someone painted in colors of poo) over beautiful vintage hexagon tile floors. We only found out because the peel and sticks weren't put down properly (yeah... how do you mess that one up?) and were coming up. Rather than have one of my boys fall while getting out of the shower, I peeled up the tiles hoping something usable was under it.

I now have to remove self leveling compound without chemicals which basically means I do a lot of steaming with my wagner steamer using a wire brush attachment and a lot of scraping with a special razor.

I'm consistently amazed and what they did to my house to "fix it up." It's like... they put lipstick, a wig, makecup, and a dress on an old pig to make it prettier for sale when all I wanted was the old pig because i liked its wrinkles and age. /sigh
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