The Best Tool

I have been putting a lot of thought into a "best tool" or the "top 5 tools" post for awhile. I would have said a drill, a circular saw, and sander years ago. That's what we had starting off. Then we got upgraded to a touchy table saw and used miter saw. This past year my hubby finally realized the gem we had in the barn in the way of a Makita table saw. It is amazing how well a good tool will work 20 years later. All the tools in the world won't help you if you don't have knowledge. Two ways you can get this knowledge is looking & listening and experience. Working on our farmhouse, we have learned a lot by "experience". Sometimes it is the hard way and sometimes it's the even harder way.

The one tool I wished we would have utilized is the internet, granted 10 years ago when my then fiance bought the farmhouse neither one of us thought to use google. {I'm wondering if google was even popular then?} The one thing I am happy about though is all the demo we got out of the way at the beginning. We gutted every room except the kitchen, which I wish we would have done then too. {I have plans to demo one of the walls...maybe this summer.}

When we pulled up the 70's carpet...believe me it was gross...they had put tar paper over the milk painted wood floors. I knew we had gorgeous wood from the spots that had been left bare.  We were smart when we "covered" it up, we just laid glue-less linoleum over it in the kitchen and floating laminate in our living room.

Fast forward to 2 years ago...I want wood flooring in the kitchen but that involves cutting out the old wood floors and then laying new down. OUCH on co$t!! I had always wanted to salvage the floors. I know people thought I was stupid. Or crazy. Well after scraping up the tar paper and layers of milk paint with wood chisels {yes wood chisels} in my hallway, I decided there had to be an easier way. Enter the internet...that blessed thing we didn't have in the house the first winter. I do not know who the person was that stumbled upon this diy gem, but THANK YOU!!! I finally found the back, time, and sanity saving way to get all the layers of "good stuff" off my kitchen floor. A wallpaper steamer!!! Can I get a Hallelujah?!?!?

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...After!

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Internet...best tool ever!