Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


Is there an easier way to do this?

You know how you’re supposed to caulk around woodwork and stuff to make a nice clean seal between the woodwork and the wall? Well, for once, the previous owners of this house did something right and they did apply a nice bead of caulk way back when. But that was like a bazillion years ago and with the house settling and stuff, a lot of that caulk has chipped and cracked away. I’d like to remove it anyway so I can get paint right up to the woodwork and then apply a new seal of caulk when I’m all done to tidy it all up. The caulk they used a bazillion years ago hardened into a stone-like substance and the only way I’ve found to get it out is to chip at it over and over and over and over again with the pointy edge of my scraping tool.

I’m not really expecting any better answer than “Nope, that’s what you gotta do,” but if I’m wrong and there’s a faster/easier/less painful on my knuckles (from scraping against the wall repeatedly) way to do this, I’d love to hear it.

And don’t say “Have your husband do it!”

To sweeten the deal, here’s some pictures:

I used the heat gun to strip the paint off the top of the baseboards first. Between the baseboard and the plaster wall is caulk. It’s brittle and breaks pretty easily when I chop it with the scraping tool.


Like so…

Sound effect for this picture: “chop.”

Also, just to remind myself that I’m still a girl, I painted my toenails. See? Yeah, I spent the whole afternoon chopping at caulk, barefoot with pretty red toenails. It’s the little things that keep me going.

6 Responses to “Is there an easier way to do this?”

  1. October 29th, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Nathan says:

    Love the toenails! You have to remember to keep taking care of yourself too, not just the house. Good for you!

  2. October 29th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    mary says:

    They sell stuff at home depot called
    caulk remover. It’s a green goo that you slather
    on the caulk and let it sit for awhile, then
    go in and pull the old caulk out. It’s in the caulk aisle.
    I don’t know if it would work on super old and hard stuff, but it couldn’t hurt to pick up a tube and give it a try.

  3. October 29th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Kelli says:

    Ooh, thanks Mary! I’ll have to look into that as I get ready to paint the rest of the rooms.

  4. October 29th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Kelli says:

    Hey Nate! Long time no see, but from checking out your blog I can see why! Way to follow your dreams! I’ll be checking back to see what you’re up to more often. πŸ™‚

  5. November 15th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    nine says:

    am i high or does that last photo look like you’re stretching your pretty red toenails off the end of a boat?

  6. November 15th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Kelli says:

    Yo $trick9, if you’re high I want some of whatever you’re smoking. πŸ™‚

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