What to do with a couple layers of tile and chipboard in the dining area and kitchen on the first floor?
Upstairs, the floor was carpeted and painted so sanding and refinishing was fairly straightforward. Downstairs is different.
This is the dining area! We wanted to get back to the original fir floor in this room. There was chipboard nailed to the original planks and then a layer of tile. This was done fairly recently, but we still had it tested for asbestos. Fortunately, there was no big problem here. All it took was a good a hammer, a crowbar, a few muscles, and a good back to rip it up.
All done in the dining area. See the contrast with the living room floor!
The living room floor was sanded and finished by the previous owner (light color). The dining area has a couple of coats of paint that will be needed to be sanded and cleaned up. We applied Osmo Oil on the upstairs floors and it worked really well. We will do the same for these downstairs floors.
The kitchen is a different story, unfortunately. Beneath the newer tile and chipboard was a layer of very old linoleum. This type typically contains asbestos. We decided not to disturb it. We were planning on putting a ceramic tile in the kitchen area anyway. It will be a good base for that installation.
Now we all have to agree on a tile shape and color! Yikes!