We are making progress on our kitchen remodel, slowly but surely. And by “we” I mean M is doing the physical work on tearing out our kitchen and I am just doing the mental work on how to re-build our kitchen. But mental work doesn’t have quite the visual effect as physical work, so here are some pics showing how M removed the cabinets and the soffits leaving us with this:
Yep, we are now operating with only three and a half things in our kitchen: a sink, a dishwasher, a fridge, and half a floor. Well, I guess we’ve got half a ceiling too so make that an even 4 things in our kitchen. I last showed you when we had the pros come in for wall removal, tearing out our big wall connecting the kitchen to the dining room and also moving the wall between the kitchen and guest room.
After that, we moved our fridge (I did help with that – a little) to its new location. It is a little far from the sink but over the past week we’ve totally gotten used to it – it is as if the kitchen has always been this big!
Then this past weekend M got busy with the crowbar and sledgehammer. There was no magic to this (or at least I didn’t see him use any) and it really was just brute force. There is a reason M wins so many arm wrestling contests – his small frame hides deceptively strong arms. He used those muscles to tear out our corian counters and range and oven too. So now we’re left with a huge mess and the contents of our kitchen spread all around the house.
Those pics aren’t even all of it. M also started tearing out our kitchen/breakfast nook floors. The flooring was some sort of glued down laminate faux wood product glued on top of particle board. Underneath is the original wood floors covered in ancient linoleum glue (we’ve already tested all the old linoleum glue in this house for asbestos and are in the clear!).
While the kitchen looks totally crazy, it is so great seeing all the added height without the soffits. It is making us really excited for our new kitchen.
Next up we have some appliances coming in and are putting in recessed lighting for the kitchen. That means we at least need to tear out more of the flooring and backsplash (on weeknights, ugh). With all this going on, I guess I’d better get on that mental work and finish designing our kitchen cabinets or we may be living like this forever…