From Chaos to Cuisine Part V | The Wood Floors are Coming Out INTACT! | It’s Working!

Feb 12, 2024 | On Design, The Parisienne Farmhouse | 1 comment

Well, it’s been a week of learning.

“How to remove wood floors without destroying them”

All the furniture is out of the boot room and it’s time to get to work. The goal is to have these floors in BEFORE I leave for Paris.


First things first – get the floors out without trashing them and set them aside for future projects.

So many people told us it would most likely be a waste of time, but we had to try, and I’m so glad we did!

Instead of going to town with a big pry bar or crowbar, we’re using a smaller version and gently tapping them out (as you’ll see in the video) and they are coming out splendidly! After we got a handful out, I thought we’d better time how long it takes to remove each nail. I was dreading the idea of each plank of wood taking many minutes to fully salvage for future projects, but on average, it takes just over a minute and a half to remove the nails, per plank, on average. With the cost of lumbar these days I think that time spent will offer a fabulous ROI!

It’s challenging for sure to do the work AND document it. Not to mention I’ve been in the kitchen cooking my face off for daily meals and future meals for when the kitchen is being tiled and there is no way to cook. It’s all going to be worth it. I keep telling myself that.

I’m excited to get in there myself (I’m the tiler in the family) but I know before that I’ve got to decide on the measurement of my grout line and the method I will choose for sealing. I’m leaning towards boiled linseed and beeswax, the downside to that is maintenance, but I’ve heard horror stories of modern product flaking and chipping…. I’ve GOT to sort that out. And as you’ll see in coming videos, I have to come to terms with the fact that sealing the floors does make them darker. I’m fine with it, but it’s a bit of an adjustment having had fallen in love with the raw tile color.

More 4×4 ceramic tile arrives today so I can keep plugging away on my Monet tile and my seeds finally arrive today for seed starting AND my next Paris trip is in 8 weeks.

Steady girl. You can do this.

1 Comment

  1. Robin

    I look forward to learning how you seal your tile! I’m not familiar with the beeswax method yet. I’ve been using linseed oil for the reclaimed French terra cotta hex tile in our master bath. Since it has a flat finish, even water could stain it, so the linseed oil has helped considerably.


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