It’s been a week since we started our kitchen renovation! Other than healing from my foot surgery, it’s sort of the only thing going on in my life right now, so prepare yourselves for some kitchen over-posting in the next few weeks.
On Friday, we got word that our friend Josh could start on Saturday, so after dinner at my grandma’s we packed up! It wasn’t hard — the kitchen isn’t big — but it was more disorganized than I would have hoped. Oh well, it is what it is! You can also take an in-depth look at our temporary kitchen set-up, and learn about how freezer cooking is really the best solution for us during the renovation.
Our friend Josh came over and we got started on the demolition. Even though I spent most of the day on the sofa with my foot up, I did want to pull of the facing piece from the sink — it’s been barely hanging on and driving me crazy. It took little effort and came off in my hands. After that, my role was primarily “forewoman” and photographer.
Then demolition started in earnest. The guys used their bare hands and a sledgehammer to completely gut the kitchen in less than two hours. The cabinets were already starting to fall apart, so they didn’t need a ton of elbow grease.
Even though it was relatively easy, it was LOUD. Poor Gunnar was not a happy dog. When he was in the living room, he gave us a grumpy face. Most of the time he stayed in his kennel, sighing dramatically.
We didn’t run across many problems, but the pipe for the refrigerator was leaking a bit. Ryan got it stopped up, and our plumber capped it properly later in the week.
And soon we had a completely empty room! I couldn’t believe how little time and effort it took. (And how much brighter the living room was without those upper cabinets blocking the light!)
Next was the ceiling demolition. Our kitchen ceiling dropped 6″ from the rest of the living and dining room space. We think it was to accommodate for the ugly box light fixture and because someone in 1987 said, “You know what would make this tiny kitchen even better? If it was even tinier!”
And even better, it was made out of all the wood ever! It was so over-framed and over-nailed. It took the guys three hours to get the ceiling down.
The demolition created quite the mess, even though Ryan had scooped most of the insulation out beforehand. We had used plastic sheeting to block off the rest of the room, which helped. The guys folded up the tarp with most of the mess, and we left the rest to clean up the next morning.
We started off by cleaning up from the previous day. Josh came back for another full day of work, and we started out by heading to Home Depot for new can lights. These lights will be much brighter and more modern than the old light fixture. Ryan wired it all up (he’s so handy!) and they worked! The amount of light that now spills into the living room is amazing.
While Ryan and his buddy Jesse took a huge load to the dump that afternoon, Jost got rough sheetrock up on the ceiling. So much bigger and brighter than before!
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
I’m not supposed to be on my feet much, so I sat my butt down and pulled up the linoleum. Here and there, I slowly worked my way through the kitchen. Not the easiest work since there were two layers with glue in between, but I pulled it all up. I still have the dining room to go, but the fridge and dishwasher are in there, so we’ll have to move that so I can get to the floor. It feels great to be part of the process!
Ryan also worked his wiring magic and installed a dimmer switch for the can lights, and added a switch for the light fixture that’s going to go over the island.
Josh came back over to finish up most of the sheetrock, including taping and the first layer of mud.
Our contractor friend Chuck re-routed our refrigerator plumbing and electrical to account for the new layout of the kitchen. In the process had to take off a huge piece of sheetrock. So even though we made a lot of progress, it looks a bit worse!
So focus on the ceiling and how pretty that’s looking!
And that’s where we are! Not too shabby for a week’s worth of work. We are moving the gas line later today, and picking out paint for the walls this weekend (we have two walls that we need to paint before installing cabinets), and our cabinets are being delivered on Monday! Stay tuned next Friday to see how far we’ve made it.
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