February 27, 2010

The Upstairs Bathroom Floor Project Re-Re-Recommences

I had some time last weekend to work on the upstairs bathroom floor. I've taken a two step approach to caulking the floor prior to painting it.  These 100 plus year old fir floors were never meant to be finished floors, so the spaces between floorboards are sometimes cavernous and echo-y enough to lose a barrette, a pinata, or a small dog.

During the first pass with acrylic caulk, I just try to fill in the major gaps. I let it dry and harden for a week, then go at it again to create a more smooth, level surface.  Et, voila:

All that crawling around on the floor gets me very close to the bead board. Oh bead board. You are my Mt. Everest. My Waterloo.
After removing the nasty giant vinyl panels from the bead board, we were left with lots and lots of  this:
I did some research (thank you fellow house bloggers!) on what might soften the adhesive enough to remove it, all the while not producing enough toxic fumes to knock out a pinata or small dog.  According to y'all, this is the product to use:
I am not being paid or recompensed in anyway to say the following: This stuff is AWESOME. It's thick consistency clung to the vertical surface while softening the adhesive. And it really does smell like an orange. Not a toxic orange. Just plain old orange.  Cleaning off the bead board will still take for-effing ever, but at least we know it's possible.


  1. Hey there! Stopping by from SITS.

    Looks like a LOT of work is a total understatement but wow is it going to be amazing when it is done! LOVE those claw tubs!!

  2. We have a lot of that bead board all over our house...which is still a work in progress...probably always will be....
    I have used that citrus stuff on a painted door and stairs and floors...it's great stuff

  3. Hi from SITS! You are literally living my dream of buying an old lovely home and making it my own!! Though, I don't envy you the stripping of walls. I hate stripping gunk.


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