That is NOT what it is supposed to look like under tile! All of those discolored splotches are either wet or dry moldy places. EWW!!!!
This picture above is where David's foot went through the floor while just walking across it. It was that bad. Are you ready for the scary part? It's where the REFRIGERATOR once sat (*the big one). The only thing holding up the floor was basically... the ceramic tile. That, and the millions of termites underneath who were standing on each other's backs.....So at this point, there was only one thing to do... complete demolition. The termites had taken over everything under the sheetrock and the paneling in the pantry behind, and the lower cabinets had water damage, so it all had to go. The sledge hammers came out. The guys (David and my sister's boyfriend, also named David) pretty much had the time of their lives.
Ok boys, fun's over! After the wall dividing the kitchen and pantry, cabinets, and sheetrock came down, it was time to pull up the subflooring.....
The black stuff is mold and rot. The white lines are termite trails. We had been walking around on this for years, expecting it to hold up not just a crowd at every holiday gathering, but also a kitchen full of appliances, cabinets, and more pots and pans than you can imagine.
This was the main support for the exterior wall that holds up.... the roof. Yes, I said the ROOF. Basically, all that was keeping the roof from caving in was the brick, because all the framing was basically shot.
The support for the wall was replaced (it's the greenish looking board at the back, behind the tiny radio). :-)
New subflooring went down, plus new insulation.
The sheetrock went up. NOW it's starting to look more like a room, and less like a war zone.