Sunday, April 17, 2016

First Day of Demolition

Hubby's cousin Scott said we could save some money on our kitchen remodel by doing the demo ourselves.   Hubby's eyes lit up like Christmas trees!  And when Jamie found out, she was all in!!!

Thankfully the plaster ceiling has already been covered with those cardboard-type material tiles.  The strapping is still there and hopefully can be used for the sheet rock.

Jamie is very excited to get the first ceiling tile down!

Behind the paneling was quite the interesting wallpaper and some paneling that was supposed to look like tile.

Hubby bagging up the ceiling tiles.....most of the debris will be burned in our fire pit.

My initial thought was to find other things to do and just stay out of the way. But there's something very exciting about ripping apart walls and smashing down cabinets!

The other wallpaper underneath the flowered wallpaper.

Our "problem" corner.  There are some thing pipes behind that board and we needed the board to come down.  I think there might have been a bit of swearing happening there.  Then Hubby and Jamie teamed up to overcome that bastard!!!

Our new look for the next several weeks.

"Before" Kitchen Pictures

When we bought our house almost 5 years ago, the inspector listed our kitchen as "sub-standard".  We knew we would need to gut it and renovate the entire thing.  But of course, that costs money!  So we satisfied ourselves with renovating the bedrooms, the hallway and the living room.  But the time has come for the kitchen.  So here are the "before" pictures:

The walls are 1970's style dark wood paneling.

The cabinets are probably original painted wood.

The dishwasher doesn't work and the sink is dark red porcelain.

The ceiling has been painted and re-painted and has many areas that were broken and fixed and obviously water stained.

The insides of the cupboards are peeling.

The stove no longer lights without using a match.  

My favorite part -  the big hole in the floor in front of the dishwasher and sink.

Cupboard doors need baby safety latches to keep them closed.

When we bought the house I wondered what all the little bits of paper were on the floor. Turns out it's the linoleum is broken and you're looking at the back of it where it's worn through.

We hired Tag's Cousin Scott to be our contractor and decided we'd gut the whole kitchen and replace almost everything.