Day 2 of 3 – Actual Kitchen Demo
9am – While tarping up both sides of the hallway, while hanging a temporary light (thanks to my purchase of black tarps.. duh future note get the clear ones..) our first helpers arrived to help with the demo.
First we needed to get the appliances out… however we could not fit them through the narrow opening of the existing doorway therefore we needed to take down part of the wall first to slide the appliances into the kitchen. The door frame was removed, and exposed some (what I think is) Awesome Wall Paper, two layers underneath the paneling, and I was pretty upset I didn’t get to see the wallpaper for the last year and a half as I think it was prettier then the paneling.
(Note: We didn’t remove the whole wall at first, under the guideline of you can always take out more, but it would be harder to add wall and paneling back.
It took a lot of effort.. and as more helpers arrived everyone got there turn to swing a hammer..
However I may be a little partial…
After part of the wall was out, appliances were removed which made the space feel HUGE!
Especially from this angle.. this is where I did a little happy dance..
Next up was getting rid of the pantry:
And the built in original cabinets and countertop:
How many helpers were needed you ask… seven 1/2 including me.. but obviously me on my camera with bronchitis I wasn’t the greatest extra set of hands..
With the countertop out, Greg was hoping to save the cabinets for the garage or basement work space.. however the cabinets were custom built in the kitchen they weren’t going to come apart in boxes.. so off to the Bagster they went..
In his picture is where Greg and Fran learn that the painted over square tiles are actually adhered metal tiles glued individual and painted over at least a couple of times. Each square on this wall and behind the fridge
After a break for lunch , the concrete came down with a 12-lb sledge hammer borrowed from the neighbor.. However as this was occurring we realized that the Bagster was getting almost too full.. so I opted for a quick Home Depot run to pick up a second bag.
By the time I got back, I helped finish removing the opening wall, while Greg angle ground off the wire mesh from the top corner perimeter (note: that stuff is evil according to him)
By 4pm: our house looked like this:
With a little sweeping here is what the kitchen looked like on Saturday before Demo and Sunday after Demo.
Closing with Greg was pretty proud of himself and wanted a picture in the new kitchen to remember the big day from.
Bagster 2 – $30
Pizza & Beer for Family and Friends – $65