Elbow Grease

The wait to adopt is not easy. Sometimes it can feel as though it might never happen. But we must be patient. In the meantime, we find it good to keep busy. How do we do that? Projects. LOTS of projects!Saturdays project was the beginning of the kitchen floor remodel. The floor was a very pale linoleum, made to look like tiles. It wasn’t bad, but we felt the floor needed more color – something darker. It also really bothered me that everytime the HVAC kicked on, the floor would bubble up, trapping that air underneath it. So yesterday was the official, no-turning-back-now demolition of the kitchen floor. So exciting!Upon removing the linoleum flooring, we unearthed this absolutely horrid peel-n-stick tile. How frightening is that?

How on earth do you remove those blasted peel-n-stick tiles? Those boogers are glued down tight!!! We were trying everything. It was slow, impossible and turning into a seriously sticky, gooey mess. And then….I had an idea! My little sister had renovated the kitchen in her house (and might I say did an amazing “This Old House” magazine-style job. Just gorgesous.) I gave her a call. She had the same peel-n-stick tiles in her kitchen, only hers were brown. Yuck.E.  Not sure which was worse…her brown tiles or our blue tiles. Regardless, she said they had to pry up the subfloor along with the peel-n-stick tiles. So we checked to see if we had the same sort of subfloor. Eureka! We sure did. Pry bars in hand, Sasha started prying up the nasty old flooring.

I think it was about 8:30pm when we finally pry-ed up the last of the plywood sheets. We were whooped! A little clean-up and we were done for the night.

It had been raining the entire time we were working. At one point, I looked out the kitchen window and was pleasantly surprised to see a faint rainbow glowing in the evening sky…rain and clouds still heavy…lightening flashing. I had to at least try to snap a picture of it!

Today we plan to hit the hardware store for a new subfloor and begin it’s installation. Never a dull moment, eh?! That’s how we keep busy.


About Blue Sky Happy

Learning to make our own happiness every day. Hoping to, one day soon, adopt a sweet lil' one.


  1. Emily

    Looks like a LOT of work – but I’m sure the results will be worth it!!

  2. While I hate you have to wait, at least keeping your mind busy doing these other projects is a positive side effect. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Very excited for you as I know you’ve wanted a new kitchen floor for awhile. Coolness! And, LUV the rainbow. I didn’t see one, but glad someone did!

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