Yesterday was Ben’s birthday. His gift? No more kitchen tile. Pretty awesome of me, right? Actually, it was his idea. I was going to take him out to dinner; he insisted on removing the floor. Before the floor could come out, we had to tear out the cabinets. Yeah, our kitchen is no longer usable.
Ben unhooked the sink plumbing and faucet. Vincent helped.
Buh bye, backsplash! You and your swollen middle will not be missed.
After unscrewing the cabinets, Ben started hauling everything out. His dad wants the cabinets for his shop.
To keep the kitchen as usable as possible, we rotated the stove to the other side and put an old cabinet next to it. We’ve down graded from a full kitchen suite to a kitchenette.
Then the real demo work began. The tiles came up rather easily, but the cement board did not. And we have to tear the floor down to the subfloor.
Ben pulled up part of the plywood floor to see how difficult it would be. Turns out, one of the boards below had a small hole.
Then, Ben went back to tearing up the floor. What a mess. But it has to get worse before it can get better.
To tear out the tile, Ben used a pick axe. Pick axe plus muscle equals mega damage. In the best way possible, too.
Here’s what everything looked like after four hours. Tile anilihated. Mission accomplished.
And, things are looking up. Literally. Here’s what the ceiling looks like with three coats of mud.
Obviously I took these pictures before the demo began. Sanding still to come.
Do I get the best birthday giving award? I thought so. Now we have another long day of demo and work.