We’ve already made progress on our kitchen remodel, like building cabinets and buying sinks, stoves, and flooring. All of which are easily stored until we’re ready to use. But, on Sunday, we made some changes, and there’s no turning back. You remember what our kitchen looked like when we last saw it.
Ben built drawers on Saturday, then climbed in the attic to reinforce the load bearing wall. I thought we’d prime everything on Sunday. After breakfast Sunday morning, Ben informed me of his plan.
Ben: “Yeah, I want to take down the cabinets and tear down the soffit.”
Amanda: “Umm, why right now? I thought we were going to wait until we had the cabinets ready to install.”
Ben: “Because I don’t want to work over the new cabinets and damage them. Do you think you can take everything out so we can get started?”
Amanda: “O-friggin-kay. Let’s start moving stuff.”
We moved everything in the upper cabinets either into the guest bedroom closet, the pantry, or elsewhere in the kitchen. Then Ben the builder and Handy Sammy unscrewed the cabinets, occasionally cursing stripped Phillips head screws.
After unscrewing the cabinets, Ben pulled them all down.
Vincent and Everett loved the cabinets. I actually looked at the old microwave cabinet and thought it would make a cute play kitchen if painted.
Then, the real demo work started. Ben happily knocked a hole in the soffit.
Then, he used a utility knife to score the sheet rock. We want to keep the ceiling as nice as possible to decrease repairs.
Roughly an hour later, the boys had removed the built-to-withstand-an-earthquake soffit above the stove.
Now onto the wall, door frame, and soffit along the dining side. Again, he scored along the ceiling to pull out the crown molding.
The dining wall had two 2 by 12s as a beam, as well as soffit boxing. Apparently, that was more difficult to tear down.
Then the soffit above the sink. Ben cut a few pieces of sheet rock to fill the open areas and called it a day. But not before we considered tearing out the wall between the kitchen and living room. Go big or go home, right? I hoped we could get the majority of the demo done in one day. But I guess Ben still had some electrical work to do before that wall could go. Since Sunday afternoon, we’ve been living with a half torn apart kitchen.
Taking the cabinets down made a huge difference, but I think the biggest change was removing the wall along the dining room.
We also have a hole in the floor where the wall used to be.
Hopefully we’ll tear down the rest of the wall soon. Oh, and Ben picked up our range yesterday afternoon. It’s still in the box, so we don’t know exactly what it looks like.